Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

January 26, 2018

Jim Johnson brings decades of lighting experience to this new position, including first-hand knowledge of Osram Sylvania heritage through his past roles with the organization. From his start with GTE Sylvania in 1985, Jim has held positions of increasing responsibility across multiple locations and businesses, including leadership of the Valeo Sylvania joint venture and culminating in his role as CEO of Osram’s global traditional lamps business.

“Jim is an effective, efficient manager with a keen sense of how to lead in a complex, strategic environment,” says Erol Kirilmaz, board member and Global Chief Sales and Marketing Officer, LEDVANCE. “We are confident that his leadership will strengthen our ongoing transformation and help position LEDVANCE for increased success in the future.”

“This is the beginning of a new year for LEDVANCE, and with that means new opportunities for our employees and customers. I look forward to working with the team to find ways to be more agile and responsive to our customers’ needs for our combined success,” says Johnson. “Part of this involves bringing lighting innovations to the market faster so our customers can take advantage of the latest in lighting trends in order to increase sales and differentiate themselves. We are investing in local research and development and in offering LED products that are assembled by our US factory workers. Together with our customers, LEDVANCE and the Sylvania product brand will continue to break new ground and achieve excellence.”

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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

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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.

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