MEMPHIS, Tenn. - William D. O’Hagan, 66, president and CEO of Mueller Industries Inc., passed away Oct. 27 after a year-long battle with lung cancer.

“We are deeply saddened to report the loss of William D. O’Hagan,” said Harvey L. Karp, chairman of Mueller Industries. “Our company has lost a dear friend, an inspirational leader, and a man of the highest ethics and integrity. Our thoughts and prayers are with Bill’s wife June, and his family.”

Greg L. Christopher, COO, had previously been appointed CEO effective Jan. 1, 2009. He will be the acting CEO effective immediately.

O’Hagan was diagnosed with lung cancer in Oct. of 2007. The company announced Sept. 16, 2008, that he would step down from full-time duties at Mueller effective Dec. 31.

Publication date:11/17/2008