General Cable adds a director
General Cable Corp.’s board of directors has elected Ned Hall as its seventh independent director, filling the vacancy created by Robert Smialek’s retirement. He will also serve on the board’s Nominating and Governance Committee.
“We are very pleased to have Ned join the General Cable board of directors,” said Jack Welsh, non-executive chairman of General Cable. “Ned brings to our board a deep understanding of the global energy sector, as well as a record of achievement in operations that will complement our board and benefit both the stockholders and management of General Cable."
Hall currently serves as EVP and COO at Atlantic Power Corporation, a publicly traded power generation and infrastructure company. He also spent over 24 years working for AES Corp. in that company’s energy sector. He has served as chairman of the board of American Wind Energy Association from 2010 to 2011, and he currently serves as adviser to AWEA’s Bylaws Task Force.
“I look forward to having the benefit of Ned’s expertise given his over 25 years of experience in power generation, transmission and distribution companies,” said Gregory Kenny, president and CEO of General Cable. “Ned has managed complex organizations as well as served on energy-related boards located in South America, Asia, Europe and North America. He knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities presented in the energy transmission and distribution sector, our largest single end market. Ned is also very familiar with all generation alternatives, including fossil, hydro, wind, solar and biomass. Ned began his career as a mechanical engineer for New England Electric. He also spent four years in Hong Kong focused on Chinese development projects on behalf of AES.”
Hall will serve as a director for General Cable until he stands for election at the 2015 Annual Meeting of Stockholders and until his successor is appointed.
NRF launches Small Business Retail Council
The National Retail Federation is making an effort to better serve Main Street merchants and independent retailers via the launch of the Small Business Retail Council, which it announced during this week’s Retail Advocates Summit.
The SBRC is aimed at recruiting and engaging small business owners in various grassroots advocacy activities, as well as providing a forum for members to discuss the public policy issues that affect them most.
“We are bringing together some of the retail sector’s best small business leaders to build upon their integral role in drafting and shaping public policy,” said NRF president and CEO Matthew Shay. “Working with our state retail association partners, we hope to amplify the voice of small retailers in advancing the retail community’s agenda. The Small Business Retail Council will enhance and strengthen the partnership between small business owners and NRF, and optimize industry engagement on our common goals.”
The NRF is electing two co-chairs to the council, who will lead a small steering committee tasked with laying out priorities and coordinating the group’s activities. Members will include independent retailers from around the country and various small retailers who currently serve on the NRF’s board of directors, including Dave Ratner of Dave’s Soda and Pet City of Agawam, Massachusetts and Beth Aberg, owner of D.C.-based Random Harvest.
Tripp Smith named VP sales at EarthTronics
Muskegon, Michigan-based energy-efficient lighting company EarthTronics has named Tripp Smith to the post of VP sales. Smith brings over 30 years of lighting experience to bear on his new role, in which he will be charged with increasing sales opportunities and profit, as well as expanding market share in North America.
Over 22 years of his career were spent at GE Lighting, where he performed in various sales and leadership capacities in the company’s retail and commercial lighting businesses.
“Tripp has consistently demonstrated an ability for forward-thinking that produces strong, sustainable sales results, while driving top- and bottom-line benefits throughout his career,” said Kevin Youngquist, EVP North America. “His expertise will be very important to EarthTronics as we continue to create and deliver energy efficient lighting solutions for our distributors, retailers and customers.”
His resume also includes stints at Philips Lighting, Osram Sylvania Lighting, Lithonia Lighting and Feit Electric.