Little Neck, NY, June 29, 2007 - Leviton Manufacturing Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Plaia as Vice President/General Manager for the company's Commercial and Industrial business. In his new post, Plaia will lead product management, marketing and engineering operations for the company's commercial and industrial business, focusing on sales growth across all of the company's market channels.
Plaia joined Leviton in 1985 as Manager of Manufacturing Technology and was promoted to Director of Manufacturing Technology and Assistant Vice President of Manufacturing Engineering. He also managed manufacturing operations and worked as Plant Manager/General Manager and Vice President/General Manager for Leviton's El Paso, Texas operations. In 2000, he was appointed Vice President, Manufacturing at the company's corporate headquarters in Little Neck, New York.
Commenting on his appointment of Plaia, Daryoush Larizadeh, Chief Operating Officer for Leviton said, "During his stellar career at Leviton, Ed has demonstrated his engineering leadership, business acumen and strategic expertise. I can think of no better person to lead this segment of our business and have every confidence that he will continue to maintain our high standards and help us expand the market for our commercial and industrial offering."
Leviton's Commercial and Industrial Wiring Device Business Unit provides solutions for the temporary and permanent connectivity, power quality and personnel protection needs of industrial facilities and commercial businesses. The company's full line of Commercial and Industrial wiring devices meet the most exacting standards for performance, reliability and service life.
"Leviton's steady gain in brand preference among commercial and industrial users is due to the product innovations we have consistently introduced over the past decade. Few companies in our industry have made as great an investment of resources in broad-scale product development aimed at this portion of the industry. I am pleased to lead this initiative moving forward," Plaia said.
Plaia holds a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from New York Institute of Technology. He and his wife reside in Jericho, NY. For more information, please contact Leviton Manufacturing, www.leviton.com.