Jan. 14, 2012
Oldfather named president of AD; Pessina in as president of Lutron; Lesaicherre is new CEO of Philips Lumileds; and more.

Affiliated Distributors (AD) (Wayne, Pa.): David Oldfather has been promoted to president of AD’s Electrical Divisions. Oldfather’s promotion to president is part of AD’s establishment of fully empowered, fully resourced strategic business units for each AD Division; Electrical, PHCP, Drywall and Industrial. In addition to Oldfather’s promotion, Pam Erickson, V.P. of marketing, Electrical Divisions, will focus solely on Electrical Division marketing, reporting to David Oldfather. In a move to further augment the Electrical Divisions’ marketing resources, Laura Dendyuk was also promoted to senior executive assistant and marketing coordinator.

Lutron Electronics (Coopersburg, Pa.): Michael Pessina was appointed president of the company. In his 35-year career with Lutron, Pessina has acquired broad experience in the engineering, quality assurance and manufacturing areas. After being promoted through several management positions, he was appointed to senior vice president in 2000, to executive vice president and chief operating officer in 2002, and to president, office of product development, in 2009. Pessina is also a member of Lutron’s executive board and Lutron’s advisory council. He holds a B.S.E.E from Lafayette College and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Mersen (Newburyport, Mass.): Roy Ball is now V.P. of research and development, USA/Mexico, responsible for new product research and development and sustaining engineering. He comes to Mersen from ABB where he held a number of positions, including operations and quality manager and senior design engineer. In his latest position as engineering manager, he was responsible for the development of protective relaying products and auxiliary devices, and revamped the product development process for ABB.

Rexel (Dallas): Mitch Williams has been promoted to senior V.P. Rexel Asia-Pacific, reporting directly to the CEO and chairman of the company’s management board in Paris, France. Williams was previously senior V.P. and CEO of Rexel’s Gexpro division. The company also announced that Jim Hibberd, V.P. global sales and business development, will replace Williams, and was named senior V.P. and general manager of Gexpro Electrical Distribution, reporting directly to Chris Hartmann, executive V.P. and CEO of Rexel Holdings USA.

Williams, who has spent 21 years with GE Supply/Gexpro starting in sales in 1990, was named to the top position at Gexpro in 2007. In addition to his new and broader role across Rexel, Williams will continue to have responsibility for Gexpro Asia, creating greater collaboration and synergy across the company’s business units in that region. In a related announcement, Bob Connors, V.P. of Gexpro Services, will now report directly to Hartmann.

Philips Lumileds (San Jose, Calif.): Pierre Yves Lesaicherre is the new CEO of Philips Lumileds, which focuses on LED development for the company. Lesaicherre succeeds Michael Holt and will report directly to Philips Lighting’s acting CEO Frans van Houten. He was most recently with NXP Semiconductors as senior V.P & general manager of the Microcontrollers & Logic business lines.

United Electric Supply Co., (New Castle, Del.): Gene Bruni has retired after 39 years with the company. During his tenure with United Electric Supply, a company press release said, Bruni was one of its most successful outside salesmen, rising to V.P. of sales, senior V.P. of sales and marketing, and finally president of the company. He also served on the United Electric board of directors from 1996 through 2011. During his tenure with the company, United Electric grew from 35 employees, one location, and $3 million in sales to 300 employees, 15 locations and $185 million in sales.

Border States Electric (BSE), Fargo, N.D., named Pat Nolte South Central Region operations manager and Mark Christopher as branch manager for its Grand Forks, N.D., location. Nolte joined BSE in 2001 as a customer financial services administrator. He has also worked as a senior accountant, branch operations manager, and most recently as part of BSE’s Supply Chain Services team focusing on project management and selling and implementing technical services. Nolte lives in West Fargo, N.D., and will relocate to Lubbock, Texas, this month. The company’s South Central Region consists of 16 branch locations in Texas and New Mexico.

Channel Vision (Costa Mesa, Calif.): Adam Levin is now Southeast regional account executive and will be responsible for building new and existing accounts in the Southeast region, including Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and North Carolina. Levin was part of the R&D team of a leading solar energy company in the Bay Area. He is a graduate of San Francisco State University where he majored in entrepreneurship and business management. Channel Vision is a manufacturer of low-voltage products such as structured wiring systems, intercoms and security systems for residential and commercial applications.

ConEdison Solutions (Valhalla, N.Y.): Monte Mickle has been named regional sales manager for the ESCO’s Texas region. He will support ConEdison Solutions’ Texas commodities team. Prior to joining ConEdison Solutions, Mickle served as a senior vice president for Tecnilogix, LLC, and before that as director of business development for Constellation NewEnergy.

Houston Wire & Cable Co. (HWCC) (Houston): James Pokluda, the company’s current president, has taken on the additional position of CEO, in line with a succession plan announced last year. Pokluda took a seat on the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 1. Pokluda replaces Charles Sorrentino as CEO. Pokluda resigned from the board and retired as CEO at year end. HWCC also announced that its board named William Sheffield its new chairman, effective Jan. 1. Sheffield assumes the chairman role from Scott Thompson, who will remain on the board.

A.L.P. Lighting Components (Niles, Ill.): Dawn Hankins has rejoined the organization as inside sales manager for A.L.P. LexaLite. Hankins is a 15-year veteran of the organization and during her lighting career has held a number of customer support roles. In her new position, she will be responsible for all Optical Business Unit pricing and product management.