People - August 2012

Aug. 1, 2012
Coleman Cable Inc. (Waukegan, Ill.): The company recently made several changes to its senior management team. Kathy Jo Van has been named executive V.P.,

Coleman Cable Inc. (Waukegan, Ill.): The company recently made several changes to its senior management team. Kathy Jo Van has been named executive V.P., Distribution Group, with expanded responsibility for Coleman Cable's retail, industrial distribution and electrical distribution businesses in the United States and Canada; Dave Oriatti has been appointed to the position of V.P., product development; and Gene Stang has assumed the new position of V.P., customer supply chain.

Van is a 12-year company veteran and has had executive-level positions with Coleman Cable since 2003. Oriatti will work with channel leaders and customers to promote CCI products across vertical markets and develop new products that broaden the company's product scope and strengthen its market position, and Stang, a 26-year-company veteran, will be responsible for maximizing the product profitability across all business channels.

Westinghouse Lighting (Philadelphia): Ron Saccomano has been promoted to V.P. of global business development and will focus on growing existing strategic relationships and developing new growth opportunities. Key to this position is the expansion of the Westinghouse Lighting brand in the United States and targeted global markets. Prior to this new role, Saccomano served for four years as the company's V.P of sales and marketing, and prior to that for eight years in sales management positions with the company.

Eaton Corp. (Cleveland): Nanda Kumar has been named executive V.P., Eaton Business System (EBS), effective Aug. 1. Kumar will be located at the company's headquarters in Cleveland and will report to Eaton's Chairman and CEO Sandy Cutler. Kumar succeeds Uday Yadav, who has been named president, Aerospace Group, in the company's Industrial Sector. Kumar will be responsible for the processes that support Eaton's integrated operating system, known as the Eaton Business System. He will have responsibility for the company's manufacturing, quality, supply chain management, environment, health and safety and flight operations functions.

Most recently, Kumar was president, Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), for the Vehicle Group in the company's Industrial Sector. He holds a BA in mechanical engineering from Bangalore University in India, a MA in mechanical engineering from Wayne State University in Detroit, and an MBA in business administration from the University of Michigan.

Griffith Electric Supply Co., Inc. (Trenton, N.J.): Larry Harmon has joined the company's Lighting Project department as a lighting specialist. He has spent the last 20 years in the lighting market in northern New Jersey working for four different lighting agencies. Harmon attended Stockton State College with a major in business.

Metro Wire and Cable (Sterling Heights, Mich.): Nathan Tallman was hired as corporate development and marketing director and will lead corporate strategy for public relations, community outreach, human resources, goal and vision setting, marketing and social media, corporate development, government relations, compliance and employee development. Tallman most recently served as the corporate director of government relations at Ross Learning, St. Clair, Mich. Prior to that he held administrative and faculty posts at Northwood University and Central Michigan University.

ConEdison Solutions (Chicago): Mary DeMarco has been appointed energy services sales executive and Kevin Lubawski is now a sales executive in the company's Chicago office. They will lead ConEdison Solutions' development efforts for municipal aggregation and association programs and direct customer sales. Prior to joining ConEdison Solutions, DeMarco worked at Ingersoll Rand/Trane and Honeywell, where she focused on solutions sales for more than a decade. Lubawski had been a senior account manager at Exelon Corp., where he was the primary point of contact between Commonwealth Edison and a portfolio of large accounts including UPS, the state of Illinois, Microsoft, ExxonMobil, Bank of America and Walgreens, with additional business development leadership responsibilities.

Border States Electric (BSE) (Fargo, N.D.): The company recently announced several promotions. Greg Hallfielder is now Northeast region operations manager and Charlene Swanson, Thomas VanLoy, Ryan Zimmerman and Cedrick Phillips will participate in BSE's management trainee program.

Hallfielder joined BSE in 1994 as a warehouse associate in Minneapolis. He has held positions at the branch, including city desk rep, warehouse manager and branch quality coordinator. Since 2009, he has served as the operations manager for the Brooklyn Park branch. He was also involved with the Nunn Electric and Minnesota Electric acquisitions as an SAP trainer. Swanson previously was an inventory planning supervisor for the utility, gas and plumbing markets; VanLoy was warehouse lead in BSE's St. Cloud, Minn., branch; Zimmerman was the warehouse supervisor in the Tucson, Ariz., branch; and Philips is a recent graduate of Arizona State University and will be in the company's Phoenix location.

Ericson Manufacturing Co. (Willoughby, Ohio): Jon Semancik will join the company as product manager. He joins Ericson with more than 20 years of experience in sales, marketing, engineering, business development and product management. Most recently, Semancik worked as business development manager and regional sales manager for VTI Instruments Corp., where he led development activities on their next generation data acquisition products. He has a degree in electrical engineering from Fenn College of Engineering; an MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University; and is a U.S. Navy veteran.

Acuity Brands Lighting (Atlanta): Cheryl English, V.P. of government and industry relations, has been elected to the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) board of directors for a two-year term that began July 1. In her role, English will provide strategic council to the society's long-term planning, operations, education and research priorities. English has been involved with IES' lighting activities for more than 30 years.

Turtle & Hughes (Linden, N.J.): Jayne Millard, CEO, received the Ernst & Young “Entrepreneur of The Year 2012 Award” in the distribution, manufacturing and construction category in New Jersey. She joined Turtle & Hughes in 1991 and was appointed vice president of marketing in 1999; company president in 2007; and CEO in 2010.

National Power Corp. (Raleigh, N.C.): Rebecca Lemox has joined the company as an inside sales representative for resellers and will cover accounts within the Eastern and Central time zones. She has worked in the power quality industry for more than 15 years and has focused on the distribution of Eaton Corp.'s single- and three-phase UPS systems. She studied small business management at Midlands Technical College.

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