Crescent Electric Supply (East Dubuque, IL)
Tom Fechter (photo above) was hired as senior director – Industrial Sales. In this newly created role, Fechter is responsible for industrial sales growth and will enhance the company’s subject matter expertise in key markets nationwide, such as conveyance and material handling. He will also focus on the continued development and reinforcement of Crescent’s standardized sales process, designed to help create more meaningful business outcomes and greater productivity for customers. Prior to joining Crescent, Fechter was VP of Industrial Sales at Werner Electric Supply. He earned a BA in Communications and Business from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Mike Yelton will succeed Brian Brickhouse as president, Americas Region, Electrical Sector, and Pete Denk will succeed Joao Faria as president, Vehicle Group, effective April 1. Brickhouse and Faria will be retiring. Yelton will report to Heath Monesmith, president and chief operating officer, Electrical Sector. Denk will report to Paulo Ruiz, president and chief operating officer, Industrial Sector. Both Yelton and Denk will join Eaton’s senior leadership team.
Yelton, who currently holds the role of president, Assemblies and Residential Solutions, Electrical Sector, Americas Region, has been with Eaton for 29 years. During this time, he’s served as vice president and general manager of Electrical Engineering Services, senior vice president and general manager of Commercial Distribution Products and Assemblies, and president, Commercial and Residential Distribution Solutions.
Denk, who joined Eaton in 2018, is currently serving as president, North America, Vehicle Group. Denk has run the North American Vehicle business for four years, following nearly two decades at Bosch.
Winsupply (Dayton, OH)
John McKenzie, president, will retire effective Feb. 28, after 27 years with the company.
McKenzie began his career at Winsupply in 1996. He helped the company grow through his work in the company’s support services companies and Sourcing Services unit, and as president of Winsupply beginning in March 2020. Under his leadership, the number of local company entrepreneurs increased from 609 to 652 and three new regional distribution centers were added.