Atkore International Announces Executive Organizational Changes



HARVEY, Ill., May 17, 2011 /CNW/ -- Atkore International recently announced several executive organizational changes designed to more closely align its product offerings with end-market needs and enhance its customer support and service.

Effective June 1, 2011, John P. Williamson is named President and Chief Executive Officer for Atkore International. He replaces Nelda Connors, who resigned to pursue other opportunities. Williamson joins Atkore from ITT Corporation, where he held various leadership and management roles, including Corporate Vice President and Director for Operational Excellence, President of the Residential and Commercial Water Division, and most recently as President of the Water & Wastewater Division.

Prior to his time with ITT, Williamson spent 17 years with Danaher Corporation, including a role as Senior Vice President-Global Operations for the Fluke Division with worldwide manufacturing, supply chain, quality, IT, service and continuous improvement responsibilities.

"John brings a strong customer focus, global experience and a strong track record of outstanding results," said Philip Knisely, Chairman-Atkore International. "His operational expertise and leadership skills in driving improvements in quality, delivery, cost and innovation are well suited to helping Atkore reach its full potential. We are excited for John to join the team."

Williamson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from California State University Fullerton and holds a Certificate in Strategic Marketing Management from Harvard Business School.

Additionally, Ed Kurasz is appointed President of the Pipe, Tube & Conduit Division. Most recently, Mr. Kurasz was the Global Vice President-Pipe & Tube Division with responsibility for mechanical and structural tube, standard pipe, fall protection, and fence framework. Kurasz has been with the company for more than 20 years in various sales and marketing positions.

Bob Pereira is named President for the Cable Division with responsibility for pre-wired armored and metal clad electrical cable, sold under the brand names of AFC Cable Systems and Kaf-tech. Pereira has been with the company for 26 years and has served in a number of key management roles involving strategic planning, manufacturing, and distribution. Most recently, he was Vice President-AFC Cable division.

Steve Elsdon is named President for the North America Cable Management Systems Division with responsibility for managing metal framing and cable tray systems sold under the brand names Unistrut, PowerStrut and TJ Cope. Elsdon has more than 15 years' experience in the electrical industry, managing cross-functional organizations, including sales, marketing, customer service, operations and finance. Most recently he was responsible for sales and marketing at Columbia-MBF; a search for his replacement is currently underway.

Roger Vaught is named Vice President for the Conduit and Fittings product lines with responsibility for managing metal, aluminum and PVC conduit and associated fittings sold under the brands of Allied Tube & Conduit in the U.S. and Mexico as well as Columbia-MBF in Canada. Vaught has more than 30 years' experience within the electrical industry, holding positions in national account, marketing and sales management.


    About Atkore International

Atkore International is a global manufacturer of galvanized steel tubes and pipes, electrical conduit, armored wire and cable, metal framing systems and building components; serving a wide range of construction, electrical, fire and security, mechanical and automotive applications. With 3,100 employees and 23 manufacturing and distribution facilities worldwide, Atkore supplies global customers with innovative solutions and quality products. To learn more, please visit



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