Little Neck, NY, August 24, 2005 - Harold Leviton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leviton Manufacturing Company, is pleased to announce two key executive management appointments, naming Donald J. Hendler as President and Stephen B. Sokolow as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors. Hendler has served the company in a career spanning three and a half decades. Sokolow has been with the company for 43 years. Harold Leviton will continue in his role as CEO, which he has held along with the position of President, since 1965.
"It is with great pleasure that I appoint Don Hendler to succeed me as President. Don has guided us through a period of dynamic growth and market expansion. I am sure he will continue to lead us with wisdom and insight through the challenges of our ever-evolving industry. I am equally delighted to announce Steve's appointment as Vice Chairman of the Board. Steve has restructured many of our key internal business processes to make us a hallmark for efficiency and success in our industry," Leviton said.
In a career of more than 35 years, Hendler has held key positions at Leviton. In his most recent post as Executive Vice President, he directed strategic planning, human resource and distribution initiatives, as well as sales, marketing and product development for Leviton and its subsidiaries, Leviton Canada and American Insulated Wire. He has also held various positions of prominence within the industry. Hendler has served on the Education Foundation for the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) and has been a member of the Government Relations Committee of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). In addition, he has served on the Advisory Committees of both IMARK and Affiliated Distributors.
Sokolow began his career at Leviton in 1961, working his way up over the years from his start as a summer intern to facilities manager and numerous other positions before being appointed Executive Vice President. In this post, he directs the company's manufacturing, engineering, distribution and information technology operations. Sokolow has served the industry as Technical Chairman and Chairman of the Electronic Data Exchange Committee of NAED, NEMA and NEMRA and currently serves as Chairman of NEMA's Wiring Device Section. He is a recipient of Electrical Wholesaling magazine's prestigious GEM (Ganzenmuller Electrical Marketing) Award, which honors those who lead a company to greatness in electrical marketing.
With its roots established in 1906 at the dawn of the electrical age, Leviton is one of the world's most extensive and diversified electrical manufacturing companies. Leviton has more than thirty facilities dedicated to engineering, manufacturing and distribution of over 25,000 products for nearly every connectivity need, from electrical receptacles to optical fiber components. Leviton will celebrate its centennial anniversary next year. For more information, contact Leviton Manufacturing Co., Inc., 59-25 Little Neck Parkway, Little Neck, NY 11362-2591, www.leviton.com