Welcome Shane McCarthy!

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On behalf of the entire team of McCarthy Uniforms and the McCarthy Family, I am thrilled to announce that Shane McCarthy has been appointed CEO & President, effective July 1, 2021.

Shane is the third-generation family leader of our business which proudly celebrates 65 years this year.  Rarely do Canadian brands survive almost seven decades and, sadly, only 12% of businesses succeed into the third generation. But careful planning and talent cultivation means that Shane and the McCarthy Family are the exception to this rule!  Longevity and succession are both tremendous achievements that our entire team celebrates with much pride.

In addition to growing up in family business, Shane has had first-hand training in all aspects of our operations. His deep experience highlights include:

  • meeting with and working with suppliers across the world on our socially responsible manufacturing footprint
  • leading numerous customer service programs, including first of its kind FIT dates and mobile programming
  • launching our workplace segment, now proudly serving 19 major public service entities
  • interacting with many public sector officials to lead account management
  • integrating our cross-Canada acquisition in BC
  • overseeing our retail operations footprint across Canada

Experience and capability are certainly equal parts to leadership success, but passion is ultimately the ‘secret sauce’.  As a third-generation family member and longstanding employee, it’s a true honour to witness Shane’s passion and dedication to McCarthy’s – our team, customers, suppliers and the communities we serve.

I have full confidence in Shane and the future of McCarthy’s and I know the entire McCarthy family is, at once reflective and honoured, to have successfully achieved our goal of restoring the legacy of McCarthy Uniforms and achieving this transition success. 

Martin McCarthy will continue on as Chairman of the firm that he led for over 25 years and I will shift into a advisory capacity and support all transition and long-term strategic advisory needs.  At McCarthy’s we have a people-first values-based approach that has been honed over seven decades.   This transition will ensure a family-first approach remains in place for years and decades to come.

“It brings me a tremendous sense of joy and pride that we have worked together as a family to harmoniously cultivate and appoint the third generation of our family into the leadership role of McCarthy Uniforms, a business that my father started 65 years ago.  There is a Chinese proverb that the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.  I am grateful that my father began this journey and grateful to watch my son continue it. There could be no greater gift in life.”  Martin McCarthy

You can look forward to hearing from Shane directly on our blog and he can be reached directly at 416-593-6900.

Thank you !