Leviton promotes marketing executive
Peter Kleinman has been promoted to the position of director of marketing for Leviton’s distribution channel.
In his new post, he will be reporting to William W. Marshall, Leviton’s senior VP sales and marketing. Kleinman will lead the marketing, branding and advertising for the company’s full line of products across the distribution sales channel.
In a career spanning over 20 years with Leviton, Kleinman has held a series of positions in both marketing and communications. Kleinman was instrumental in Leviton’s 2007 rebranding campaign and helped successfully facilitate the transition on an enterprise level.
Before joining Leviton, he was a creative management member at Esquire Magazine, an award-winning creative director and editor of The National Lampoon, and VP marketing at Sekani Inc., where he built and ultimately sold a company that provided content via the Web efficiently for Fortune 500 companies. “Peter’s background, creativity and experience will help us take our industry-leading marketing to a new level of technological excellence and effectiveness” Marshall said. “We are excited to have him in this strategic role.”
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Unemployment rate hits 9.1% in May
The nation’s unemployment rate in May increased to 9.1%, up from 9.0% in April, according to government data released Friday.
The number of unemployed persons remained essentially unchanged at about 13.9 million, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported in its latest employment situation summary. Construction employment was essentially unchanged in May. Employment in the industry has shown little movement on net since early 2010, after having fallen sharply during the 2007-to-2009 period.
In May 2010, the nation’s unemployment rate stood at 9.7%.
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Plumbing innovator MJSI hires CFO
Shorewood, Ill.-based MJSI, makers of the HydroRight dual flush converter, hired Jim Ramig as chief financial officer.
In this newly created position, Ramig is responsible for all strategic and tactical matters as they relate to budget management, cost benefit analysis, forecasting needs and financial oversight and planning. He reports directly to Michael Schuster, president of MJSI.
“Jim’s 25 years of experience in strategic financial leadership will be invaluable for our company,” Schuster said. “His stellar track record in building corporate worth and reducing costs is noteworthy. That combined with his expertise in working with national retailers and his knowledge of manufacturing are assets that will be critically important as we continue to aggressively grow our company.”
Ramig most recently served as controller at AERO Products International, the manufacturer and distributor of inflatable air beds and other products. Prior to that, Ramig was the CFO and COO at Strombecker Corp., an international manufacturer of plastic and metal toys.