Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Stinson Southwire

Effective January 1, Stinson became Southwire’s fourth CEO in its 65-year history. He succeeds Stu Thorn, who led the company’s day-to-day operations for 16 years.

“Southwire is committed to sustainable growth, where it makes sense, in the global wire and cable market. Stu has done a great job of finding those growth opportunities and capitalizing on them,” says Southwire Chairman Roy Richards, Jr. “Rich brings a unique perspective on our industry, along with an intimate knowledge of our products and customers. Together, those provide strong platform from which he will lead our company as we enter a new area of delivering power throughout the world.”

Stinson has more than 30 years experience in the electric industry. He joined Southwire on October 15 as the company’s president, following his retirement in September from Eaton Corporation, where he was responsible for a large business group with seven divisions. The group offered a comprehensive portfolio of services for every stage of a power system’s life cycle, including design, build and support.

Stinson earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Pittsburgh, then started his career in Westinghouse’s Manufacturing Development Program for projects in Puerto Rico. There, he served in multiple disciplines such as engineering, manufacturing and supply chain before joining Eaton.

Stinson served in a variety of roles at Eaton, including plant manager, operations director and general manager of various facilities in the United States, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Japan. As a vice president, he managed Eaton’s power distribution assembly, industrial controls, electrical assembly and power distribution divisions.

Stinson guided Eaton to double-digit growth in different businesses and guided various company segments into top market positions. It was during that time that he developed a respect for Southwire’s commitment to quality and corporate responsibility.

“As a partner in the electrical industry, I observed Southwire for much of my career, and grew to respect the company as a leading innovator — in products and services and in an enduring commitment to its communities,” says Stinson, who has relocated from Pittsburg to Southwire’s home base of west Georgia.

“In my short time here, I have witnessed first-hand Southwire’s genuine family culture as well as its close connections with the customers and communities it serves. I look forward to working alongside the other nearly 7,000 Southwire family members as we build upon that legacy.”

 

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 Young Leaders: Taylor Gerrie

Taylor GerrieOn a regular basis, our publications profile members of our industry through their responses to a Q&A. It’s a way of recognizing industry movers and shakers, and helping our readers get to know them better. 

Recently we launched an initiative with Electro-Federation Canada's Young Professionals Network to include profiles of up-and-coming leaders. We provided the list of questions below to Taylor Gerrie, Automation Account Specialist at Gerrie Electric Wholesale Ltd. in Burlington, Ontario. Here are Taylor’s responses.

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Susan Uthayakumar, President of Schneider Electric Canada: Driving Success

Susan UthayakumarBy Owen Hurst

First and foremost, sitting down with Susan Uthayakumar feels more like sitting down and conversing with a friend than conducting an interview with the Canadian president of one of the world’s largest electrical manufacturers. Of course, she exudes the confidence and knowledge her position demands, but equally identifiable are an open and engaging nature.

In a recent sit-down, we learned a little about Susan’s history and what drives her to succeed.

To begin, Susan was born in Sri Lanka and immigrated to Canada at a young age. She went to high school in Canada and attended the University of Waterloo where she earned undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Upon completing university Susan began her working career with Deloitte, which she describes as a great starting point as she was surrounded by highly driven and intelligent individuals. She welcomed being in a position that was demanding and helped nurture a strong work ethic. Her work with Deloitte also instilled a great interest in acquisitions, which would serve her well as her career unfolded.

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CEW 3 Perspective 400

We often learn how to look forward by first looking back, or at the very least we realize that despite our best efforts we have not truly advanced quite so much as we had thought. Sure, technology is rapidly advancing. That’s beyond question. But what about our approach to selling it? Have we changed that much in the last 20, 40, 60 years? Inevitably there have been advances and changes in marketing, the Internet causing the biggest shift, but many of the concerns and directives that have driven the distribution and marketing of industrial electrical products remain, or at least planted the roots of the concerns of manufacturers and distributors today. 

To gain perspective of the perceptions and directions of electrical product distribution in 1960, we turn to Edwin H. Lewis. In 1960 Lewis published “The Distribution of Industrial Electrical Products” in the Journal of Marketing.

To fully define electrical product distribution in 1960, Lewis broke his study into several categories. We will follow his direction and provide his insights on the industry in each of the categories he identified.

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