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Electrical People: New CMO for Schneider Electric, new head of national sales for Kichler Lighting, and more

Dec. 20, 2013
Devorsky named national sales manager at Kichler Lighting, Pint to lead distribution sales for Universal Lighting Technologies, and many more moves as we close out the year.

Schneider Electric (Rueil Malmaison, France):  Chris Hummel is the new chief marketing officer (CMO). He will have the additional title of executive vice president and will be a member of the Paris-based company’s executive committee. Hummel will report directly to Schneider chairman and CEO Jean-Pascal Tricoire. He brings a background in marketing, sales and general management from international assignments in the U.S., Germany, Russia and Singapore, most recently with Unify (formerly Siemens Enterprise Communications) where he was chief commercial officer and oversaw the repositioning and rebranding of that company. Before that, he held executive sales, product and marketing roles with SAP and Oracle.

Universal Lighting Technologies (Nashville, Tenn.):  Martin Pint has been appointed vice president of distribution sales. The company said in a press release that Pint’s addition to the staff builds on the company’s commitment to growing the distribution channel for all Universal Lighting products sold in the United States. Pint comes to Universal Lighting with 20 years of executive experience in manufacturing sales for North America.

His electrical industry experience includes executive posts with Cooper Industries, Shat-R-Shield, Hoffman Enclosures and Thomas & Betts.

Kichler, Lighting (Cleveland):  Ron Devorsky is now national sales manager. He comes to Kichler after spending 24 years with Sherwin-Williams, most recently as the vice president of sales. The company said Devorsky’s experience in sales management, retail store operations, and driving business to stores through trade professionals and end-user communities will be beneficial to its dealer business. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Hiram College.

Xicato (San Jose, Calif.): This developer of LED modules has hired Joe Li as the regional sales manager for greater China to lead the company’s continued growth in a region where the market is maturing and increasingly seeking solutions that provide higher-quality light and improved efficiency.

Li’s experience in greater China includes successful sales leadership in microelectronics, semiconductor and most recently lighting sectors where he was recently the vice president  sales for Asia for another manufacturer.  In addition to  more than 30 years of international sales experience, Li completed his MBA at Herriot Watt University in the United Kingdom and continued his professional education at the Open University of Hong Kong.

Graybar Electric Co. (St. Louis): The company announced the election of David Bender to its board of directors. He currently serves as district vice president of Graybar’s Atlanta regional operations.

Bender began his Graybar career in 1988 and has served in a broad range of sales and management roles. He was promoted to Seattle District vice president  in 2010 and moved to his current role as District vice president  of Graybar’s Atlanta district in 2012.