Canadian Electrical Wholesaler

Jan 28, 2019

LedvanceLEDVANCE global CEO Lawrence Lin (right in photo) is assuming managing director responsibilities for the United States and Canada, on an interim basis, in addition to his current responsibilities. The change follows the departure of Jim Johnso (left in photo), who previously held the position, earlier this month.

“I am grateful and appreciative of the support that has been provided to me over the past year by the team,” says Johnson, “and I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with such a great team.”

LEDVANCE continues to evolve to deliver innovative lighting products, ensure the best customer satisfaction, and set the stage for future success, says Lin. “I’m looking forward to working even more closely with the team in the United States and Canada to continue to prove to our customers that LEDVANCE is the right partner for their needs… Jim Johnson has made a valuable contribution in moving us forward and for that I am very thankful. I wish him all the best for the future.”

One area where LEDVANCE is advancing light is in the area of smart lighting. The company has recently expanded its portfolio of easy-to-use Sylvania Smart+ Bluetooth lighting to benefit Android users in the US. Now, new Sylvania Smart+ Bluetooth LED lighting products work with the Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa via the new Sylvania Smart Home app on Google Play, providing hands-free lighting control for Android users without requiring any additional hardware.

In addition, the company is growing its popular line of consumer and professional LED luminaires and its wide portfolio of LED general lighting products. These new innovations will be unveiled for the marketplace at the Lightfair trade show in May.

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National ManufacturingExcellence in Manufacturing Consortium EMC’s Advantage through Excellence: Future of Manufacturing Conference is a 2½ day event exploring the competitive advantages, opportunities and successes that can be achieved by manufacturers through a variety of learning forums — up to 40 workshops, panel sessions, keynote presentations and best practice plant tours — providing delegates with outstanding opportunities for benchmarking, peer networking, learning and sharing of hundreds of best practices. An estimated 500 to 900 manufacturing leaders and stakeholders from across Canada are expected to attend. 

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Long term versus short term fascinates me. Making the call for one over the other can determine the success (or failure) of companies today. 

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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. 

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