Washington, D.C. 20549

Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the
Securities Exchange Act of 1934
Date of Report (Date of earliest event reported): May 31, 2023 (May 30, 2023)

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Item 5.02
Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers
(c) Appointment of Certain Officers

On May 30, 2023, the Board elected Mr. Steven C. Blanco as the President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company, commencing June 1, 2023. Mr. Blanco, 56, served as Senior Vice President and President, Americas, since August 2017 and prior thereto was Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Northern North America, since July 2015. Nishan J. Vartanian will remain as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

A copy of the Company’s press release announcing the matter described above is attached as Exhibit 99.1 to this Form 8-K.

(e) Compensatory Arrangements for Certain Officers

On May 30, 2023, the Compensation Committee made certain changes to the compensation of, and made certain awards to, Mr. Blanco. The compensation to be paid to Mr. Blanco will be paid pursuant to the Company’s existing executive compensation programs, as such programs are described in the Company’s Proxy Statement dated March 30, 2023, which is incorporated herein by reference.

Effective June 1, 2023, Mr. Blanco will have a base salary of $550,000 and certain adjustments will be made to the target cash incentive award amount and the performance targets with respect to Mr. Blanco’s participation in the Company’s Executive Incentive Plan. For the target cash incentive award, Mr. Blanco’s percent of salary midpoint will increase to 80% and the target award amount will be $462,000. In June, Mr. Blanco will also receive an additional long term incentive award. He will receive time-vesting restricted stock units with a fair market value of $250,000, with a cliff vesting period of three years from the date of grant. Further details on Mr. Blanco’s compensation will be included in the Company’s 2024 Proxy Statement.

Item 9.01
Financial Statements and Exhibits
(d) Exhibits

MSA Safety Incorporated Press Release dated May 31, 2023.
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Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended, MSA Safety Incorporated has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.
/s/ Stephanie L. Sciullo
Stephanie L. Sciullo
Sr. Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Corporate Social Responsibility & Public Affairs
Date: May 31, 2023


Exhibit No.Description
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