Ryland announces executive changes
Home builder Ryland Group has announced the retirement of R. Chad Dreier as CEO on May 29, 2009 — he will continue as chairman of the board of directors. Larry Nicholson will be promoted to CEO, effective May 29, 2009, and remain as president.
“I am very excited about this orderly transition in the leadership of our company and am grateful for the support given to me by the board of directors in making this transition possible,” said Dreier. “Over the course of his 12 years with Ryland, Larry has clearly demonstrated his ability to assume the responsibilities of chief executive officer.”
Dreier joined Ryland in November 1993 as president and CEO and became chairman of the board of directors in December 1994.
Nicholson joined Ryland in 1996 as a vp-operations and then ran the Greenville, S.C., and Orlando divisions before becoming Southeast region president in 2004. He was promoted to chief operating officer in June 2007 and president in September 2008.
Leviton names technical support engineer, business development specialist
Leviton Manufacturing, the Little Neck, N.Y.-based manufacturer of electrical devices and lighting systems, has appointed Leonardo Villalobos to the position of technical support engineer for the company’s Lighting Management Systems business and Enmanuel Hwong to the newly-created position of business development specialist for the Caribbean market.
Based in Costa Rica, Villalobos will support the sale of the company’s integrated line of “green” solutions for commercial lighting applications through relationships with distributors, contractors and end-user customers throughout Central America. He will provide technical and engineering support for the company’s offering of occupancy sensors, large-scale dimming systems, relays and daylighting systems.
Villalobos joined Leviton as a spec engineer in 2006. Previously, he was a sales associate for Almacen El Electrico, an electrical distributor in Costa Rica.
Villalobos went to Instituto Technologico de Costa Rica and holds certifications as an electronics engineer and networking technician. He also completed courses at the school’s Cisco Networking Academy.
Hwong will oversee the development of new business opportunities and focus on expanding the sale of the company’s product offering throughout the Caribbean marketplace.
He joined Leviton in 2004 as a specification engineer, heading up technical sales. He spearheaded market research and training initiatives, targeting the engineering and architectural communities.
Prior to joining Leviton, he was an energy control engineer for Edesur, a provider of energy management solutions, and a new technology specialist for Verizon’s mobile technology development area.
Hwong has an electrical engineering degree from Santo Domingo Institute of Technology and has certifications in telecommunications, LANS, ISDN and ADSL.
Standard Pacific names CFO, general counsel and secretary
Irvine, Calif.-based home builder Standard Pacific has appointed John M. Stephens as chief financial officer and John P. Babel as general counsel and secretary.
Stephens joined the company in November 1996 as corporate controller and was promoted to vp in 2002 and senior vp in 2007. Previously, he was an audit manager for an international accounting firm. Babel joined Standard Pacific in October 2002 as the associate general counsel and was promoted to vp in 2005 and senior vp in 2008. Prior to joining the company, he was a senior associate at international law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher.
“I am pleased to be able to promote two strong candidates from within the company’s ranks,” said CEO Ken Campbell.
The home builder has also announced that, in connection with the settlement of employment related claims, Clay A. Halvorsen, general counsel and secretary, and Andrew H. Parnes, chief financial officer, have resigned effective Feb. 20 and Feb. 24, respectively.