Hubbell Inc. (Shelton, CT): CEO David Nord (photo above) will retire on Oct. 1. Company President and COO Gerben Bakker will succeed Nord as chief executive officer and president, according to an announcement by Hubbell’s board of directors. As part of the board’s succession plan, Nord will continue to serve as Hubbell’s executive chairman of the board until the company’s 2021 annual meeting in May to ensure a smooth transition.
Bakker was named president and chief operating officer of Hubbell in June 2019, after serving as president of Hubbell’s Power Systems group since 2014. As president of Power Systems, Bakker oversaw a multi-year period of strong performance, building the electrical T&D components business and leading many key acquisitions, including Aclara, in 2018. Bakker began his career with Hubbell in 1988 as a manufacturing engineer with Hubbell Wiring Systems and has held positions of increasing leadership around the world in both Hubbell’s utility and electrical segments.
In other news at Hubbell, the company’s board of directors elected Jennifer Pollino as a director of the company. She runs the consulting and executive coaching firm JMPollino llc, which she founded after her retirement as an executive of Goodrich Corp. in 2012. At Goodrich, she served in leadership roles in finance, human resources and operations for 20 years. She also currently serves on the board of directors of both Crane Co. and Kaman Corp.
Pollino earned a degree in accounting from Notre Dame and a master in science in executive coaching from Queens University.
AD (Wayne, PA): The buying/marketing group has named David Kinsella as president of its Electrical–U.S. division with the unanimous backing of the Electrical-U.S. board. Kinsella currently serves as the division’s member relations vice president and will assume his new responsibilities as president effective Sept. 21.
He joined AD in 2008 as director of supplier relations and was promoted to VP of supplier relations two years later. In 2016, he became the division’s VP of member relations. Prior to joining AD, Kinsella served in a variety of leadership capacities in distribution and manufacturing including national sales manager at AD supplier partner Intermatic.
AD alsoannounced changes to the division’s supplier relations role. Electrical-U.S. Supplier VP John Kudlacek has elected to retire as of the end of the year. He joined AD in 2016 after holding marketing and purchasing, operations and product management, and supplier relations roles at a national electric supply distributor.
With this news, AD announced that Steven Guidry will become the Electrical-U.S. VP of supplier relations and marketing programs effective Sep. 21. Guidry brings electrical industry experience from the distributor, manufacturer and agency sides of the business. Guidry joins AD from Texas-based JD Martin Co., an independent manufacturers’ representative firm for many of AD’s electrical preferred supplier partners.
In other news at AD, Senior Vice President of Business Development Tom Blue has elected to retire effective Sept. 30. He was with Affiliated Distributors for eight years and worked for more than 25 years with Milwaukee Tool, one of AD’s major supplier partners,
Kaman Corp. (Bloomfield, CT): Neal Keating is retiring as president and CEO, and Ian Walsh will be incoming CEO, effective Sept. 8. Keating, a 13-year company veteran, will continue to serve as executive chairman through the date of the 2021 Annual Meeting of Shareholders, at which time he is expected to retire from the board. Richard Barnhart, executive VP of the company and president of Kaman Aerospace Group, also will be retiring from the company in connection with the leadership transition.
Dauer Manufacturing (Miami, FL): Former Kichler executive Tom Rowe has joined the company as its new and first national sales director. Rowe will manage the sales of Dauer’s multi-channel sales of low-voltage lighting to distributors, including electrical and green wholesalers, lighting showrooms, garden centers, nurseries and other landscape suppliers. In addition, he will spearhead the launch and growth of Artemix, the company’s new retail line of indoor lighting and décor, and its established Silhouette Collection of indoor & outdoor lighting bollards, among the interior design and architectural design community.
Rowe has served in various positions throughout his career in the lighting industry. He has worked as a contractor and distributor, including providing residential clients with lighting and design services through his private firm. Prior to joining Dauer Manufacturing, Rowe spent more than 13 years with Kichler.
New York-based Specification Lighting Sales (SLS) will rep Amerlux’s interior product line in the northern New Jersey market. Founded in 2007, SLS focuses on architects, designers, engineers and will work with Amerlux on developing specification on projects worldwide.