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Bill Darley Resigns As CEO After 60 Years Of Service

Issue 2 and Volume 15.

Bill Darley stepped down as chief executive officer of W.S. Darley & Co. and was succeeded by one of his sons, Paul C. Darley, who became president and CEO effective Jan. 1.

Bill Darley, who will remain as chairman of the board, started his career at W.S. Darley in 1950 after graduating from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. He became president and CEO in 1976, serving the company faithfully for 60 years. His leadership over the last 50 years was described by company officials as remarkable.

“The Board cannot thank Bill Darley enough for what he’s done for the company, said Sam Skinner, a Darley board member who chaired the CEO search committee. “We knew that replacing Bill would not be easy, but we were fortunate to have several excellent candidates from within the company.”

Regarding the selection of Paul Darley to succeed his father, Skinner said, “Over his 25 years here, Paul Darley has displayed outstanding leadership and management skills.
We are delighted that the senior executive officers and employees of Darley have affirmed our decision by their support.”

Paul Darley said he was honored to accept the position and was humbled by the support he received from board members, the company’s management team and his family.

“No one person could ever fill Bill Darley’s shoes,” he said. “But by working together, I am confident that our executive team will continue to lead this company forward in a positive manner.”

W.S. Darley & Co., a family-owned business founded in 1908 and based in Itasca, Ill., is dedicated to serving the world’s fire and emergency services. For information, go to

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