PE-backed Total Safety names CEO

Total Safety, a portfolio company of Littlejohn & Co, has named George P. Ristevski as CEO. His work background includes roles at Praxair and Maxum Petroleum. Total Safety is a provider of integrated safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them.


HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Total Safety, among the world’s leading integrated safety services companies, today announced that George P. Ristevski has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Company.

Mr. Ristevski brings to Total Safety a track record of success with leading companies serving Total Safety’s end markets including a long and successful career at Praxair where he last served as President of Praxair Distribution and as President and Chief Operating Officer of Maxum Petroleum, as well as significant experience in distribution having served as Chief Executive Officer of Animal Supply Company.

“On behalf of Total Safety’s Board, I am pleased to welcome George, who brings a unique set of skills and valuable industry experience to the Company. George shares Total Safety’s commitment to excellence and we are fortunate to have him lead the Company into its next chapter of growth,” said Mike Kaplan, Total Safety’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and a Managing Director at Littlejohn & Co., LLC., Total Safety’s majority owner.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Ristevski said, “Total Safety is uniquely positioned to continue to service the needs of its customers who seek the highest quality safety and compliance solutions. I am excited to join the Total Safety team and look forward to leading the Company as it continues to strive toward providing excellent customer service and an exceptional career for its employees.”

About Total Safety
Total Safety® is the world’s premier provider of integrated safety and compliance services and the products necessary to support them, including gas detection, respiratory protection, safety training, fire protection, compliance and inspection, comprehensive flare services, industrial hygiene, onsite emergency medical treatment/paramedics, communications systems, engineered systems design, and materials management. It operates from 150 locations in 21 countries to ensure the safe Wellbeing of Workers Worldwide (W3). For more information about Total Safety and its unwavering commitment to safety, visit

About Littlejohn & Co.
Littlejohn & Co. is a Greenwich, Connecticut-based investment firm focused on private equity and debt investments primarily in middle market companies. With over $5 billion under management, the Firm seeks to create long-term value for its investors and build sustainable success for its portfolio companies through a disciplined approach to engineering change. For more information about Littlejohn, visit