New president and CEO for GE lighting
7 January 2013 17.30 GMT
(UK) - Agostino Renna to lead strategic focus for Europe, Middle East & Africa territories.
Renna, who will report to GE president & CEO Maryrose Sylvester, succeeds Phil Marshall who has led the international arm of the company since 2008. Marshall has left GE Lighting to pursue a position outside of the company.
“Agostino Renna’s experience, leadership and significant sales and marketing background make him an outstanding person to continue the transformation of the lighting business in the region,” said GE Lighting president & CEO Maryrose Sylvester. “Agostino has demonstrated outstanding management qualities and has the ability to sharpen our strategic focus to lead GE Lighting Europe, Middle East & Africa to achieve strong, sustained growth in 2013 and beyond."
Renna, from Montreal, Quebec, most recently helped to lead the growth and market strategy at GE-Canada, where he had responsibility for the long-term growth and market positioning of all GE's businesses in Canada.
Prior to joining GE, Renna spent 14 years at Johnson Controls Inc., where he worked in Canada, the US and Europe. He held leadership roles in sales, marketing, strategy and general management culminating with a position leading Johnson Controls’ Energy Solutions international division.
Renna has been a regular speaker at conferences and roundtables that focus on addressing global energy challenges and while in Belgium, he was an executive in residence at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, where, in his lectures, he brought a strong practitioners perspective to the topics of sales, marketing, strategy and leadership.