FORT WORTH, Texas, July 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- AZZ incorporated (NYSE: AZZ) ("AZZ"), a manufacturer of electrical products and a provider of galvanizing services, announced today that Dr. H. Kirk Downey has resigned from his position as chairman of the board of directors. Dr. Downey is resigning from this position solely as a matter of corporate governance to provide another member of the board of directors, Mr. Kevern Joyce, with the opportunity to serve as chairman. Dr. Downey will continue to serve as a member of the board of directors through the one year term for which he was elected at AZZ's 2014 annual shareholders meeting. Dr. Downey has provided AZZ with 21 years of dedicated service as a member of its board of directors and has served as chairman of the board of directors for the last 10 years. Dr. Downey's resignation from this position was effective as of AZZ's annual shareholders' meeting held on July 9, 2013, at which time Mr. Joyce was appointed chairman of AZZ's board of directors.
"On behalf of the board of directors and the entire company, I would like to thank Dr. Downey for his years of leadership and service in support of AZZ," said David Dingus, President and Chief Executive Officer of AZZ. "Mr. Joyce brings extensive experience to the role of chairman of the board, including his experience and knowledge in the electrical power generation industry, where he served as the Chief Executive Officer of a publicly traded electrical utility company. I look forward to working with Mr. Joyce as we continue to focus on the growth of AZZ's business."
AZZ incorporated is a specialty electrical equipment manufacturer serving the global markets of power generation, transmission and distribution and industrial, as well as a leading provider of hot dip galvanizing services to the steel fabrication market nationwide.
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