People - Dec 7, 2012

Dec. 7, 2012
Nord named president of Hubbell; new business development manager at Nicor lighting; Fartaj named interim CEO at Cape Electrical Supply, Thoma named president; and more.

Hubbell Inc. (Shelton, Conn.): David Nord has been appointed president and CEO and will join the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 1. Current CEO Timothy Powers will continue to serve as chairman of the board. Nord was named president and COO in June after serving as senior V.P. and CFO since 2005. Prior to this he spent nearly 10 years at United Technologies in a number of senior leadership positions, including V.P.–finance and CFO at Hamilton Sundstrand.

Metro Wire & Cable (Iowa City, Iowa): Phil Zajdel is now a sales consultant for Metro Wire & Cable’s Iowa distribution facility, after serving as a sales consultant at its Southeast distribution facility in Lawrenceville, Ga. The six-year company veteran will be working with customers in and around Iowa, as well as specializing in providing solutions to electrical contractors, fire and security companies, utilities, OEMs and other customers.

Nicor (Albuquerque, N.M.): Rodney Press has joined the company as business development manager. He brings more than 20 years of business management, sales and marketing experience from the semiconductor and solar industries. Press has a B.S. from Arizona State and an MBA in technology management.

Kendall Electric Inc. (Portage, Mich.): Doug Brock is now managing the southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia locations. The territory includes the Chattanooga, Cleveland and Dalton branches. Brock worked as an account manager and Rockwell Automation product specialist. He has extensive experience with the Malcolm Baldrige Award criteria and performance improvement initiatives through his work with the Tennessee Center of Performance Excellence, Tennessee’s state-level Malcolm Baldrige award program.

Cape Electrical Supply Co. (Cape Girardeau, Mo.): Ali Fartaj will serve as interim CEO and Kyle Thoma is now president. Fartaj is the managing director for AMF Partners and has been engaged in a consulting role with Cape Electrical Supply since Aug. 2012. His background includes over 20 years of experience with Wal-Mart, Nike and Thomas & Betts.

Thoma, a 17-year company veteran, most recently served as senior V.P. of sales and marketing. In business since 1953, Cape Electrical Supply is a regional distributor operating 24 locations in seven states. The company provides equipment and supplies in business segments that include the construction, industry, communications, utility, and residential markets

National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) (St. Louis): Scott O’Day, V.P., sales and marketing, Controller Service & Sales Co., Inc., Avon, Mass., is the incoming V.P.-elect of the Eastern Region. O’Day has been in the industry for more than 30 years and has served on NAED’s Eastern Region Council since 2010. O’Day also served on the NAED’s Product Launch Task Force from 2007-2009. Marc Malvizzi, electrical distribution manager, Eastern Penn Supply Company, Wilkes-Barre, Pa., currently directs the Eastern Region Council.

Dakota Supply Group (DSG) (Fargo, N.D.): Tim Jensen is now branch manager for DSG’s Sioux Falls, S.D., location, which primarily serves the electrical, plumbing, HVAC/R and automation industries. He will take over for John Gearman, who was recently named electrical segment manager. Jensen has worked with DSG since 2002 as an outside salesperson for the plumbing and HVAC/R segments. Before joining DSG, he had a number of leadership roles with A.Y. McDonald Supply for nearly 15 years.