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IDEA Announces Board Appointments

May 3, 2022
The 2022 Board of Directors will continue to advise IDEA on its core competency of promoting the exchange of high-quality data from electrical manufacturers to their trading partners.

IDEA (Arlington, VA): Larry Stern, president of Standard Electric Supply, will lead  IDEA’s 2022 board of directors. He has led Standard Electric Supply for more than 30 years. Stern also brings a diverse industry perspective, previously serving as NAED chair, NAED Education & Research Foundation chair, NAED South Central Regional VP, AD Electrical Board member, Supply-FORCE Board member and IDEA chair.

“Larry’s experience and strong leadership are a driving force to tackle industry challenges and pursue IDEA’s roadmap,” said David Oldfather, IDEA’s president in the press release. “Today, with the increasing complexity and the increasing volume of data that needs to be exchanged, IDEA is focused on our mission to facilitate the exchange of complete, high-quality transactional and eCommerce product content and serve as the standards body for the electrical industry.”

“I’m more excited today with where IDEA is heading than ever before, and this is my second time to serve on the board. Distributors and manufacturers are on the same page. IDEA is focused on standards, data quality and solving industry challenges. And with its current leadership and industry support, IDEA is moving quickly to get where we as an industry need to go,” said Stern in the press release.

Joining the IDEA board is Mary Derrick, VP, Channel Strategy & Digital Enablement for Schneider Electric. She brings over a decade of experience at Schneider Electric and her background includes customer journey mapping, digital marketing, BIM strategy, as well as partner and customer relationship management.

 The 2022 Board of Directors will continue to advise IDEA on its core competency of promoting the exchange of high-quality data from electrical manufacturers to their trading partners. In addition to facilitating eBusiness standards for the industry, IDEA’s board is also seeking ways to increase the value of the industry’s data by partnering with state of the art, world-class companies. IDEA’s current initiatives include: setting, facilitating, and monitoring data standards; developing the Harmonized Data Model (HDM); increasing product content quality and quantity, including volumetric data; global syndication; and adding more value to product data, including rebate management

The IDEA board members for 2022 are:

  • Larry Stern, IDEA Chair, President & CEO, Standard Electric Supply
  • Frank Kulaszewicz, IDEA Chair Elect, Senior Vice President, Rockwell Automation
  • Brian DiBella, IDEA Past Chair & Treasurer, President, Data, Power & Control, Legrand North America 
  • Phil Hale, IDEA Secretary, Chief Information Officer, Elliott Electric Supply
  • Mary Derrick, Board Officer, Vice President, Channel Strategy & Digital Enablement, Schneider Electric
  • Rick Gigliotti, Board Officer, Vice President, Business Process Management, WESCO Distribution, Inc. 
  • Paul McCool, Board Officer, President & CEO, Revere Electric Supply 
  • Bill Waltz, Board Officer, President & CEO, Atkore International