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Thomas C. Vasis has been appointed director of marketing at Klein Tools, Chicago, Ill. Previously, he held various positions at S-B Power Tools, including

Thomas C. Vasis has been appointed director of marketing at Klein Tools, Chicago, Ill. Previously, he held various positions at S-B Power Tools, including group product manager and worldwide product manager.

Dick Decker has been named president of Dealers Electrical Supply, Waco, Texas. He was formerly vice president of the company. Decker succeeds Willard Still, who resigned.

At Osram Sylvania Lighting Services, Danvers, Mass., Robert Nigrello has been named manager of marketing and sales operations for the Industrial and Commercial Lighting channel. He has been product group marketing manager for high-intensity discharge lighting since 1996. Mark Corcoran, formerly the eastern regional sales manager, has been named national accounts manager of the Industrial and Commercial Lighting channel.

Dave Levinson has been promoted to vice president of sales, Distribution Business Unit, at Advance Transformer Co., Rosemont, Ill. He was most recently regional vice president, distributor sales, for the Central region.

Paul Werthman has been promoted to Western divisional director at FCI/Burndy, Manchester, N.H. and will be based in Las Vegas. He was previously the company's director of marketing.

Tim Brunner has been named regional sales manager at Power/Mation Division, Inc., St. Paul, Minn. Most recently he was president and a minority stockholder at Badger Scale.

Gene Bruni has been named senior vice president of sales at United Electric Supply Co., Inc., Wilmington, Del. He was formerly vice president, industrial sales. He assisted in the employee purchase of the company in 1995, and served on the company's board of directors.

At Zeller Electric, Rochester, N.Y., Lisa Bechtold was named vice president in the Rochester office. Cheri Scott was named treasurer in the Buffalo office. At Philips Lighting Co., Somerset, N.J., Jack Jensen has been appointed vice president of sales. He most recently held the senior sales director position. Eric Marsh has been appointed promotional marketing leader of the company's ESCO division. Most recently he served as division manager, industrial sales, for International Paper/XPEDX in Atlanta. Barbara Rentschler has been named strategic marketing leader. She most recently served as manager, strategic alliances, corporate development, for Binney & Smith, Inc.

At WESCO International, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pa., Michael J. Cheshire, Robert Tarr and Kenneth Way have been named to the board of directors of WESCO International, the holding company whose primary operating entity is WESCO Distribution, Inc. Cheshire is the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Gerber Scientific. He is a former president of General Signal's Electrical Group and vice president, sales and marketing, of General Signal's O-Z/Gedney division. Tarr, who held top executive positions at Harcourt General and the Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. for more than 20 years, is a director of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Co., Houghton Mifflin & Co. and Hannaford Bros., Inc. Way has been chairman and chief executive officer of Lear Corp. since 1988 and is a director of Comerica, Inc., and CMS Energy Corp.

Bob Curran was named branch-operations vice president at Platt Electric Supply Co., Beaverton, Ore. He was previously northern Oregon district manager.

Jack Wells, vice president of corporate development at Pass & Seymour/Legrand, Syracuse, N.Y., has been appointed to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Manufactured Home Advisory Council. He was selected to serve in the two-year appointment as an industry sector representative. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development consults the Advisory Council on issues concerning the establishment, amendment or cancellation of federal construction or safety standards.

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