Summit Electric Supply, Albuquerque, N.M., has hired Paul Jeffries as president and chief operating officer, a new position within the company. Jeffries was previously a group vice president and general manager for WESCO Distribution. He will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Victor Jury Jr. and be based out of Summit’s Houston offices.
“Paul’s perspective and skills will significantly contribute to Summit’s next phase of growth. I’m confident he’ll help refine and execute Summit’s strategic vision and continue to build on the successful business practices we’ve established as a private, independent company,” said Jury in a release. “Adding Paul to the Summit team reflects our commitment to planning for Summit’s future success as part of a broadly implemented, companywide succession planning process.”
Jeffries will be responsible for aligning Summit’s vision with solutions that drive growth and market share across the company, Summit said, overseeing sales, operations, corporate credit, marketing and talent management. He’ll also direct Summit’s international sales division and have indirect oversight of the marine division; engineering, procurement, and construction; and the strategic accounts team.
Jeffries has worked in electrical distribution for nearly 25 years running various sized businesses from $10M to over $800M in annual sales, and he most recently managed the global sales and operations of an integrated supply group for WESCO, where he managed 700 people in North and South America, Eastern and Western Europe, and Asia.
Jeffries has an MBA from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Auburn University and a bachelor’s in engineering sciences from the United States Air Force Academy. He also served as a Captain in the United States Air Force.