Egret Consulting Group (Mundelein, IL): Company founder Ted Konnerth is retiring from the executive search field. He will continue to offer consulting services for Egret Consulting’s clients in their M&A endeavors for the next several years in association with Merrimack Group.
Konnerth sold Egret Consulting to Brooke Ziolo in 2019. Ziolo said in the press release, “It’s been such an honor working for Ted over the past 13 years. He taught me everything I know about the lighting industry and recruiting. He built an amazing recruiting family at Egret and will be greatly missed. We wish him the best in his transition into M&A consulting.”
Konnerth, who was a frequent contributor to Electrical Wholesaling over the years on human resources, the lighting market and distributor operations, founded Egret in 1999 and grew the firm to the largest executive search firm dedicated solely to the electrical industry with verticals in lighting, electrical distribution, renewable energy, building automation and wire & cable.
Keystone Technologies (Lansdale, PA): Josh Brown was promoted to executive VP - distribution sales and marketing. In this new role, Brown will be responsible for creating business development strategy, overseeing the marketing team’s go-to-market plan and building relationships with sales agencies, reps and distributors. He has more than 15 years of experience in the lighting industry, most recently as Keystone’s VP of distribution sales.
WAGO (Germantown, WI): Marc Reed has been hired as the company’s regional sales manager for the Atlanta region. A native of suburban Atlanta, he attended Auburn University. Reed has an extensive background as a sales engineer in the automation field, including experience at Simco Technologies and IFM Efector. Just prior to making the move to WAGO, he spent the last year and a half with Mayer Electric Supply.
American Clean Power Association (ACP) (Washington, DC): The organization recently announced that Heather Zichal has been named its first CEO. The new multi-technology renewable energy industry trade group, which formally launches on Jan. 1, 2021, represents solar, storage, wind and transmission companies, along with manufacturers and construction companies, developers and owners/operators, utilities, financial firms and corporate purchases in the clean energy value chain.
“American Clean Power is uniting the renewable power sector to speak with a unified voice at a time when investments in renewable energy can help solve two of the nation’s biggest challenges, rebuilding our economy and addressing climate change,” said Invenergy President and COO Jim Murphy, who chairs the association’s transition board, in the press release.