People April 8, 2005

April 8, 2005
Neil I. Wolfson retired April 1 as vice president of the retail division of Thomas & Betts.

Thomas & Betts (Memphis, Tenn.): Neil I. Wolfson retired April 1 as vice president of the retail division. Wolfson was a 37-year electrical-industry veteran. He was president of L.E. Mason/Red Dot until 1999 when Thomas & Betts acquired the company.

Ferraz Shawmut (Newburyport, Mass.): Jim Kosciolek has been promoted to vice president, distributor sales. Kosciolek moves into this position after serving as the company’s southern regional vice president of sales for almost five years. Fred Rampone, a 10-year Ferraz Shawmut veteran, has been promoted to regional vice president, central region. Jim Thompson has been promoted to regional manager, southeast, after serving as senior district manager for the last four years. Steve Reynolds has been promoted to strategic accounts manager after serving as senior district manager, southeast, for nearly three years.

Cooper Industries Ltd. (Houston): Randy L. Ribbing has been appointed vice president, sales and marketing, Cooper Connection, effective in June. Ribbing has held a variety of sales and operating positions within the Cooper B-Line organization, having joined that business in 1982. He was named vice president of sales at Cooper Bussmann in 2002. Ribbing will succeed Thomas E. Briggs who will retire this year.

Sea Gull Lighting Products (Riverside, N.J.): Eric Borden has been promoted to vice president, Ambiance Lighting Systems. For the past four years, Borden served as director, Ambiance Lighting Systems. Integrated Electrical Services Inc. (IES, Houston): Richard Humphrey has been named chief operating officer. The 35-year electrical-contracting veteran most recently served as regional operating officer.

Siemens Building Technologies Inc. (Buffalo Grove, Ill.): William Coulombe has been appointed senior vice president and division head of the company’s HVAC products division. Coulombe replaces Rick LeBlanc, who became head of the company’s Building Automation division on Oct. 1, 2004. Prior to his new appointment, Coulombe was vice president of fire services, Siemens Building Technologies’ Fire Safety business in Europe.