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People On the Move - March 26, 2021

March 25, 2021
Check out the latest news on executive promotions in the electrical market.

Graybar Electric Co. (St. Louis): Randall Harwood, the company’s senior VP and chief strategy officer (see photo), will retire June 1, after nearly 43 years of service with Graybar. Harwood began his Graybar career in 1978 as a financial student in Seattle. He progressed through the ranks there as a financial assistant and as a financial manager. From 1980 to 1994, Harwood held financial manager roles in several Graybar locations and returned to Seattle as district financial manager in 1994. Since moving into his current position in 2019, Harwood has been instrumental in moving Graybar’s strategic initiatives forward.

Classic Wire & Cable (Virginia Beach, VA): The company announced several organizational changes designed to advance its strategic growth plans.

  • Matthew Merritt has been promoted to regional sales manager – East
  • Kevin Kane has been promoted to sales operations manager
  • Rachel Weis is joining as customer development/inside sales
  • David Horton is joining the company as inside sales representative

Merritt, along with Michael Schulte, regional sales manager – West, will develop sales for their regions by establishing and managing relationships with reps and distributors.

Kane will develop and manage the inside sales/operations team members, price management and customer service. Weis will convert sales leads into customers and handle inside sales/customer service duties. Horton will be the focal person for a select group of independent manufacturers’ reps.

Service Wire Co. (Culloden, WV): The company hired Glen Clark as regional sales manager and expanded Rodney Smith’s and Tony Holderby’s sales territories to better serve the commercial and industrial market.

Clark will work out of the company’s corporate headquarters in Culloden, and focus on serving commercial and industrial distributors, electrical contractors and engineers while working with manufacturers’ representatives in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

Holderby is now the regional sales manager for the wire and cable electrical distribution markets of Michigan. He will continue working with commercial and industrial customers in New England, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Ohio. He has more than 25 years of experience with Service Wire.

National Electrical Manufacturers Association (Rosslyn, VA): Kevin Cosgriff, president and CEO, will retire from NEMA at the end of 2021. During his seven years leading NEMA, Cosgriff strengthened the electrical equipment and medical imaging industries by modernizing NEMA industry Standards processes, expanding market analytical offerings and overseeing focused and effective advocacy.

Cosgriff’s contributions to NEMA follow a distinguished career in the United States Navy. As a Vice Admiral he commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command and the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Middle East. A search for Cosgriff’s successor is being led by Jacqueline Arends of Russell Reynolds Associates. Interested candidates should email him at [email protected].