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Legrand Announces Executive Staff Appointments in Home Systems Division

Company names Fritz Werder Vice President and Brand General Manager of the On-Q product line

Middletown, PA, December 15, 2011 – Legrand today announced multiple executive appointments in its Home Systems division which are designed to create a clearer focus and direction on the brand, leverage the key skill sets of standout performers to better serve its partners and customers, and advance Legrand’s long-term product-centric strategies.

Effective January 1, 2012, Legrand has appointed Fritz Werder as its vice president and brand general manager for the Home Systems division.  In this position he will be responsible for the continued growth of the On-Q® product line, including operations, engineering, product management and development, manufacturing, marketing, customer service, technical support and all service elements of that line.   

“Fritz Werder combines a wealth of home systems product expertise with intimate understanding of customer requirements,” said Doug Fikse, president of the Home Systems division of Legrand. “We are all extremely excited to watch the On-Q product line reach new heights under his strong vision and leadership.”

Werder joined Legrand with the acquisition of Greyfox in 2002, with continued internal growth in the operations and facilities areas. During his tenure with Legrand, Werder has been a strong contributor to the Home Systems division, serving as vice president of operations where he was responsible for purchasing, facilities and information technology.  Mr. Werder will continue to operate out of Legrand’s Middletown, PA facility.

Dave Hanchette, currently vice president of marketing for the Home Systems division, will join the Vantage brand team as vice president of international business development, with the goal of expanding the Vantage position in existing markets while developing new market opportunities. Additional appointments include an expanded role for Bob Fallert, vice president of sales, beyond distribution sales to include both the retail and e-commerce segments of the marketplace. Werder, Fallert, and Hanchette will continue to report to Doug Fikse as members of the Home Systems Division executive team. 

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About Legrand
Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for use in commercial, industrial and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. Innovation for a steady flow of new products with high added value is a prime vector for growth. Legrand reported sales of $5.7 billion in 2010. Legrand has a strong presence in the North American market, with a portfolio of well-known product lines that include Cablofil, Electrorack, On-Q, Ortronics, Pass & Seymour, Vantage, Watt Stopper and Wiremold.