People 092206

Sept. 22, 2006
Legrand North America (West Hartford, Conn.): As part of a restructuring of Legrand North America in which the company moves to one sales and management structure representing Wiremold/Legrand

Legrand North America (West Hartford, Conn.): As part of a restructuring of Legrand North America in which the company moves to one sales and management structure representing Wiremold/Legrand, Pass & Seymour/Legrand, On-Q/Legrand and Cablofil to electrical distributors, contractors and end users, John Hoffman has been appointed vice president, specification. He was formerly vice president of sales, Wiremold. Bob Smith has been named executive vice president, sales. He was formerly executive vice president of sales, Pass & Seymour.

US Electrical Services LLC (USESI, Exton, Pa.): John Marshall has been appointed regional president responsible for the Washington, D.C., Virginia and Maryland region. Marshall has 19 years of experience in the electrical distribution industry. Most recently, he was chief operating officer for Capital Lighting & Supply, a division of Sonepar USA. USESI, operating as Wiedenbach-Brown, Electrical Wholesalers and Monarch Electrical, has more than 40 locations in 11 states. This announcement opens another new customer trading area for the company.

Nora Lighting Inc. (Commerce, Calif.): David Carey has been appointed western regional sales manager, commercial division. Carey will work closely with the Nora commercial agents in the Western region and interface with contractors and specifiers. Carey’s experience in the lighting and electrical business spans more than 15 years with many industry leaders, including Cooper Lighting, Alflex Corp. and Targetti North America Inc.

Summit Electric Supply (Albuquerque, N.M.): Summit Electric Supply will open two new service centers in Florida: one in Orlando and one in Jacksonville. Although the new Florida branches will not open for several months, Summit Electric has named the branch managers. Harvey Neeley will be the service center leader in Orlando. He brings 40 years of experience, 24 years with Rexel. He most recently led a Hughes Supply branch in Orlando. John Truss, also a Hughes Supply veteran, will lead Summit’s Jacksonville service center. He spent nine years with Hughes after a 14-year career as an engineer for Reliance Electric, a manufacturer of industrial automation components.

Kitco Fiber Optics (Virginia Beach, Va.): Les Shutts has been named OEM manager. With more than 15 years of experience, prior appointments include OEM sales manager and engineering manager for Paladin Tools and electronic engineering designer at Weidmüller Inc.

Columbia Electric Supply Inc. (Brockton, Mass.): Russell Baker has been named purchasing manager. The 30-year electrical industry veteran will oversee all purchasing functions for the distributor’s three Massachusetts locations.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA, Rosslyn, Va.): NEMA has announced three appointments. Mark R. Tibbetts has been appointed to the new position of director of business development to build a more systematic approach to creating new business opportunities for the association and its members. Joel Saltzman joins NEMA as its new senior manager of government relations. Saltzman’s experience includes four years as counsel to the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, trial and advisory work at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and more than 10 years as a lobbyist at the American Petroleum Institute. Francine Meyer has been appointed meeting planner. In this newly created position, she will be responsible for planning NEMA’s Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference and for coordinating other external meetings.

W.W. Grainger Inc. (Lake Forest, Ill.): Patrick A. Davidson has been promoted to the role of senior vice president for sales and marketing, responsible for Grainger’s U.S. sales and marketing operations. Since joining Grainger in 1986, Davidson has held a number of increasingly responsible positions. He most recently served as senior vice president, customer service. Michael A. Pulick will succeed Davidson as senior vice president for customer service. In this role, Pulick is responsible for Grainger’s branch network, the development of customer on-site services and e-Business. Pulick joined Grainger in 1999.