Charlie Jerabek Transitions to Vice Chairman
DANVERS, Mass., June 22 /CNW/ -- Lighting manufacturer OSRAM SYLVANIA
today named Rick Leaman as president and CEO, effective Oct. 1. Leaman will
succeed Charlie Jerabek, who will assume a new role as the company's vice
chairman. The announcement was made by Martin Goetzeler, CEO of Munich-based
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Leaman takes the helm of a leading innovator of solid-state and
conventional lighting technologies. Under Jerabek's leadership, OSRAM SYLVANIA
rose to its current position as North America's number one lighting supplier,
with sales of 1.75 billion Euros in fiscal year 2008.
"I am delighted that Rick Leaman has been chosen to succeed me," said
Jerabek. "Rick's strong operational background especially in the turbulent
automotive industry has prepared him well to continue steering our leadership
position in traditional lighting technologies while successfully transitioning
to solid state lighting. I am also pleased to take on a new role as vice
chairman, providing both industry and customer support for OSRAM SYLVANIA that
complements Rick's role as CEO."
Leaman will serve as chief executive for OSRAM SYLVANIA's consumer
lighting, professional lighting and specialty lighting business units in
Canada, Mexico and the United States. He will also serve as a member of the
OSRAM SYLVANIA board of directors.
"It is an honor to have the opportunity to lead OSRAM SYLVANIA into a new
era of innovation," said Leaman. "Our organization has unmatched lighting
expertise and will lead the transition to energy-saving lighting in homes,
businesses and vehicles across North America."
Jerabek will continue as a member of the OSRAM SYLVANIA board of
directors and support the company in legislative activities and industry
associations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)
and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED).
"Rick's broad operational and demonstrated leadership experience will
serve us well," said Goetzeler. "The significant time he has spent leading a
global business unit adds to his credentials as the best choice to succeed
Leaman has been executive vice president and general manager of OSRAM's
global Automotive Lighting division in Munich, Germany since 2006. His 25-year
lighting career has included executive positions in OSRAM SYLVANIA's
automotive lighting, materials and components, and general lighting
businesses. Leaman is a graduate of Carnegie-Mellon University, with a
Bachelor of Science degree in administrative and management science,
mathematics and economics.
Jerabek began his career with SYLVANIA as a sales engineer in 1973 and
occupied a variety of sales, marketing, operations and general management
positions before being named president and CEO in 2001. He holds a Bachelor
of Science degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. degree
from Boston University.
About OSRAM SYLVANIA
OSRAM SYLVANIA is a leader in lighting solutions that feature innovative
design and energy saving technology. The company sells products for homes,
businesses and vehicles primarily under the SYLVANIA brand name, and also
under the OSRAM brand. Headquartered in Danvers, Mass., OSRAM SYLVANIA is the
North American operation of OSRAM GmbH, a wholly owned subsidiary of Siemens
AG. For more information, visit www.sylvania.com.
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