Dominion Electric Supply Co. of Washington, LLC (Arlington, Va.): Gerald Edward Jackson is now CEO. Prior to assuming his current position, Jackson was the company's president. In 1989, he began his career at Dominion in the warehouse and has worked his way up through the company, being promoted to counter manager, inside sales manager and branch manager. He graduated from George Washington University in 1988.
Epicor Software Corp., (Livermore, Calif): Pervez Qureshi is now CEO. Since 2006, Qureshi has served as CEO and president of Activant Solutions Inc., which was combined with Epicor following the recent acquisition of both companies by funds advised by Apax Partners. Qureshi also served as Activant's COO and executive V.P. since 2004. Prior to joining Activant, Qureshi was president and founder of a management consulting company. He has also held senior positions at Harvest Software, Metaphor Computer Systems, Hewlett-Packard and IBM. Qureshi has an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia and a BSEE degree from the University of Lowell in Massachusetts.
In other news at Epicor, Kathy Crusco was appointed as executive V.P. and CFO, and George Klaus, former Epicor chairman, president and CEO will retain the role of chairman and continue to play an important part in the company's strategic development. Crusco joined the former Activant in May 2007 and brings over 20 years of experience serving in a variety of financial roles at Documentum Inc., Adaptec and Price Waterhouse LLP. Previously, Crusco served as vice president of worldwide finance for Polycom Inc. She graduated from California State University of Chico with a bachelor's degree in business with an emphasis in accounting.
Cape Electrical Supply (Cape Girardeau, Mo.): John Horgan is the company's new president. Previously CFO, Horgan joined Cape Electrical Supply in Oct. 2010 after seven years at Amdocs Inc. Prior to that he was employed at Olin Metals, Trendmasters and Pretium Packaging in a variety of senior financial and operational roles. He began his career with Ernst & Young in St. Louis and spent more than 12 years in public accounting. Horgan holds a BSBA from St. Louis University, where he is presently completing his MBA.
In other news at Cape Electrical Supply, the company opened its 23rd branch, a stocking location in Houston, Texas. It's the distributor's first location outside its Midwest/South Central region and vice chairman Allen Toole said in a press release that the new location will help the company serve several national-account customers that relocated to the Houston market.
Springfield Electric Supply Co. (Springfield, Ill.): Don Harrod has been appointed to the newly created position of energy management solutions-team leader. He has 25 years' experience in the electrical industry in both distribution and manufacturing, with the last seven years as territory sales manager for GE's Lighting Division. His primary function will be to develop a sales and marketing strategy to provide energy management solutions to end users.
Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (Houston): Richard Nix will step aside as group V.P., IES Residential and assume an operational role in that segment's East Coast region, effective July 1. Dwayne Collier, currently IES' V.P. of operations, Single-Family Divisions, will succeed Nix and assume the position of group V.P., IES Residential on July 1. Collier has been at IES for almost 20 years, serving in various management positions in the residential business. He will also continue to lead the company's single-family operations.
Border States Electric (BSE) (Fargo, N.D.): Bruce Penas has been named Northwest Region industrial sales manager. Penas joined BSE in 2008 as the Northwest business development manager. Before joining BSE, he was the senior account manager for Rockwell Automation in Fargo. He has also worked for WESCO and Westinghouse Electric Corp. In other news at BSE, Tony Serati is now purchasing manager. Serati joined BSE in 2003 and has held various positions including inventory planner, alliance inventory coordinator and strategic services team supervisor.
Rexel SA (Paris): Rudy Provoost, former head of the lighting unit of Amsterdam-based Royal Philips Electronics NV, will succeed CEO Jean-Charles Pauze next year. Rexel's supervisory board approved the appointment of Provoost as a member of its management board, effective Oct. 1. A Bloomberg report said, “The departure of the Provoost from Philips comes a month after the Dutch maker of electronics came under the new leadership of Frans van Houten.”
GE Energy (Atlanta): Ronnie Hawkins has been named V.P. of business development for GE Energy, where he will be responsible for identifying inorganic growth opportunities for the $38 billion Energy business and leading a global group of 50 professionals focused on all aspects of business development from deal origination to transaction execution. Hawkins joined GE in 2009 as general manager-business development for the Energy business. Prior to GE, Hawkins was an investment banker covering the broad energy sector. Hawkins earned a dual B.A. degree in economics and Latin American studies from UCLA.
Atkore International (Harvey, Ill.): Effective June 1, John Williamson was named president and CEO. He replaces Nelda Connors, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Williamson joins Atkore from ITT Corp. where he held various senior management positions. Prior to his time with ITT, Williamson spent 17 years with Danaher Corp., including a role as senior V.P.-global operations for the Fluke Division. Other senior management changes are as follows.
Ed Kurasz was appointed president of the Pipe, Tube and Conduit Division. Most recently, he was global V.P.-Pipe and Tube Division. Kurasz has been with the company for more than 20 years in various sales and marketing positions.
Bob Pereira is now president for the Cable Division with responsibility for pre-wired armored and metal-clad electrical cable, sold under the brand names of AFC Cable Systems and Kaf-Tech. Pereira has been with the company for 26 years and has served in a number of key management roles. Most recently, he was V.P.-AFC Cable division.
Steve Elsdon is now president of the North America Cable Management Systems Division with responsibility for managing metal framing and cable tray systems sold under the brand names Unistrut, PowerStrut and TJ Cope. Elsdon has more than 15 years of experience in the electrical industry. Most recently he was responsible for sales and marketing at Columbia-MBF.
Roger Vaught is now V.P. for the Conduit and Fittings product lines with responsibility for managing metal, aluminum and PVC conduit and associated fittings sold under the brands of Allied Tube & Conduit in the U.S. and Mexico as well as Columbia-MBF in Canada. Vaught has more than 30 years' experience within the electrical industry, holding positions in national accounts, marketing and sales management.
Schréder Lighting US (Elk Grove Village, Ill.): Louis Cairo is now a sales engineer with the company and will support the Schréder sales team with photometric applications and architectural renderings, as well as pole and bracket engineering. He will create technical sales presentations, photometric calculations and maintain a photometric database for the wide range of Schréder Lighting products. Prior to joining Schréder Lighting US, Cairo was a sales engineer for Power Plant Services and a senior technician for Argonne National Laboratory. He holds a B.S. degree in engineering physics from the University of Illinois.