The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., announces that, as of Aug. 4, Kevin J. Cosgriff will take office as president and chief executive officer. He replaces Evan Gaddis, NEMA’s current president and CEO, who is retiring. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as senior V.P. of international business and government for Textron Systems Corp., a position he held from 2010 to 2013.
Cosgriff graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N.Y., and began active duty with the Navy directly thereafter. As a vice admiral he commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, overseeing roughly 30,000 sailors throughout a region encompassing 22 countries, and the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and off the coast of East Africa. Earlier in his career, Cosgriff served as the director of the White House Situation Room and director of Systems and Technical Planning for the National Security Council.
Progress Lighting/Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, S.C.): Todd Roy, director of builder sales and marketing, was promoted to national sales director. Prior to directing marketing and sales initiatives for Progress Lighting’s builder segments, Roy served in the National Accounts department, after beginning his career as an account manager in 1999. He assumes the responsibilities of Bob Sale, who retired in mid-July after more than 20 years of service at the company.
Progress Lighting/Hubbell Lighting (Greenville, S.C.): Jennifer Kis was hired as key account marketing manager. She joins Progress Lighting with nearly 20 years of public relations, international marketing, agency and client relations experience. In her role, she will be responsible for leading marketing efforts to further accelerate growth on the rapidly expanding Ferguson and Build.com partnerships. Her recent work history includes developing and executing integrated marketing plans for a diverse client base at Jackson Marketing Group. She has also worked abroad in Munich, Germany for Pepper GmbH, an international marketing agency. Prior to her work in Germany, she held communication positions at Greenville-based companies Erwin Penland and Michelin North America.
Halco Lighting Technologies (Norcross, Ga.): Ed Weaver is now the company’s V.P. of sales. He has 19 years of industry sales experience. Before joining Halco, Weaver spent 15 years with Acuity Brands first as a regional sales manager and working his way through various roles leading to V.P. of sales and marketing and V.P. and general manager of the Electrical Distribution channel. His most recent experience was with Switch Lighting as senior V.P. of North American sales. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Economics from the University of Florida and holds several certifications in LEAN training and Six Sigma tools.
Metro Wire and Cable (Detroit): Matt Burtraw and as a sales consultant. He comes to Metro Wire & Cable after serving in several direct selling capacities, including that of the industrial heating and cooling industry.
Metro Wire and Cable (Detroit):Bruce Arnold has been hired as a sales consultant. He has experience with consultative selling, cultivating new business in various geographic areas, and penetrating new industries. Arnold will focus on new business development.
Novinium (Seattle): This supplier of full spectrum electrical cable-rejuvenation products has hired Lisa Loos as the company’s new marketing specialist. She will assist with the company’s marketing execution, including campaign management, proposal submissions, CRM database administration as well as website design and maintenance. Loos has more than 15 years of experience in marketing and sales having previously worked for SafeWorks and Microsoft Corp. She holds BA in business administration from Gonzaga. Founded in 2003 by the experts who invented the field of cable rejuvenation at Dow Corning in the 1980s, Novinium’s patented injection process rejuvenates and extends the reliable life of medium-voltage power cable up to 40 years.
Learn about the promotions and personnel changes at NEMA, Progress Lighting, Halco, Metro Wire & Cable and Novinium.