CMC announces today the appointment of Greg Pawson of Signal Mountain to become CMC’s new Chief Executive Officer effective May 9, 2022.
Pawson follows CEO Charles Monroe, who will retire after serving 41 years as CMC’s Co-Founder and CEO but will remain actively involved as Co-Chairman of the Board. Through the leadership of co-founders Lewis Card, Jr. and Charles Monroe, CMC has become the world's leading manufacturer of custom-built tufting equipment. They dedicated their careers to demonstrating and achieving CMC’s corporate vision of a “higher set of standards.”
In his new role as Chief Executive Officer, Greg Pawson will lead CMC’s strategic short and long-term business initiatives, while protecting CMC’s corporate values and mission. He will build upon CMC’s long-standing business relationships while emphasizing innovation, service, and integrity; all of which have been the binding forces of the Company for nearly half a century.
“Greg Pawson has distinguished himself as a leader worth following and we are excited about that leadership,” said Charles Monroe. “Greg brings broad expertise in finance, operations, and business strategy. We conducted a nationwide search for CMC’s next leader and feel so blessed we found that leader right here in our own community. We are certain Greg is the right choice and welcome him to the CMC family.”
Previously, Pawson was with Signal Energy of Chattanooga for thirteen years in a wide array of roles, most recently as CEO and President. He managed multimillion dollar projects in sales, engineering, procurement, and contracting business units. Prior to joining Signal Energy, Greg Pawson served ten years in the US Marine Corps, and was promoted to Captain. As a CH-46E Helicopter Pilot, he earned, “Marine Aviator of the Year” in 2005 following his two combat deployments to Iraq. He is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.
Pawson is also active in the Chattanooga community as a board member of Bible in the Schools, and a member of the CEO Forum. He is a Brock Fellow 2016, 10 Project. “CMC’s corporate values are both inspiring and authentic and I am honored to build upon their legacy of innovation, service and integrity,” Pawson said. “My wife, Kristin and I are beyond excited to join the CMC team.”
Brad Card will continue to serve in his role as CMC’s President.