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Former Schneider North America CEO Chris Curtis (left) will lead IDEA's day-to-day operations and the search for a new president following Bob Gaylord's departure after seven years leading the electrical industry data organization.

IDEA’s Gaylord Steps Down, Ex-Schneider CEO Curtis to Manage Ops and Lead Search

Aug. 7, 2014
Former Schneider North America CEO Chris Curtis will lead IDEA's day-to-day operations and the search for a new president following Bob Gaylord's departure after seven years leading the electrical industry data organization.
Former Schneider North America CEO Chris Curtis (left) will lead IDEA's day-to-day operations and the search for a new president following Bob Gaylord's departure after seven years leading the electrical industry data organization.

The IDEA Board of Directors, chaired by Jack Carlson (president of Southwire’s North American Business), announced that CEO and President Bob Gaylord has stepped down to pursue other areas of interest.

IDEA, Rosslyn, Va., is jointly owned by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED). “The IDEA board and the entire organization thanks Bob for his leadership and service to the electrical industry community during the last seven years as CEO,” said Carlson.

With Gaylord’s departure, the IDEA board has named Chris Curtis, former CEO of Schneider Electric’s North American Operations, current chairman of the NEMA Board of Governors, and an IDEA board member, to manage the day-to-day operations of IDEA while chairing the search process for a new executive officer.