Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Oct 31, 2018

EikoEffective October 25, 2018, Richard D. Leaman is now CEO of EiKO’s global business in commercial and industrial lighting.

Leaman’s experience and expertise are well aligned with EiKO’s continued efforts to build deeper relationships with the company’s distributor partners. His 30-year lighting career has included several executive positions in Osram’s general lighting, automotive lighting, and materials and components businesses. 

Leaman was President and CEO of Osram Sylvania Inc. and Region Head of the Americas for Osram. He held operating positions in every major segment within Osram Sylvania, beginning in 1984 as a senior industrial engineer in Titusville, PA. His early career included experience as product marketing manager, manufacturing plant manager, director of sales and marketing and general manager for the incandescent lighting strategic business unit. He was also President of Valeo Sylvania, a Tier One automotive lighting supplier, and CEO of Osram’s global automotive lighting business located in Munich, Germany.

“Rick’s experience and capabilities are a perfect fit to lead our team at EiKO as we invest to support our distributor partners with the highest quality products, deliver world class service and the fastest fulfillment times for LED lamps, fixtures and traditional lighting products,” says Michael Morrissey, Managing Principal of Inverness Graham, an operationally focused private investment firm with over US$500 million of assets under management. 

For 40 years, EiKO has delivered high quality, energy efficient lighting solutions to support the stocking & project needs of over 3,000 distribution partners. With the broadest selection of lamps, retrofit kits and fixtures of any manufacturer in its class and numerous strategically located fulfilment centres, our team is committed to being the lighting solutions provider that is the easiest to do business with. For more information on EiKO, please visit our website at www.eiko.com.

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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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