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Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon Continue Realignment in North America

Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon announced today the realignment of key manager positions to strengthen its Sales and Marketing operations in North America. In order to continue the worldwide operational realignment, the company has appointed industry-veteran Leonard Miller to the position of North American Sales Manager.

“One of the key elements in the successful transformation of our North American Sales and Marketing team is to place talented and motivated individuals into leadership positions, and we have done so with the appointment of Leonard”, states Julie Smith, General Commercial Manager for Philips Strand Lighting and Philips Selecon North America.

Based in the Dallas headquarters, Miller brings with him 25 years of professional experience in sales, operations and technical production for live entertainment and events, including theme parks and attractions, trade shows, museums, sports, television, film and cruise lines. He will work closely with Smith and Pete Borchetta, Product Marketing Manager, to form the leadership team that will now guide Philips Strand and Selecon North American Sales and Marketing.

“I am very excited about this opportunity to join the whole team that is already in place at Philips Strand Lighting,” said Miller. “I have worked in the entertainment lighting industry as a designer, dealer, and sales manager, and I know a great team when I see one. I sincerely look forward to bringing all my experience to the table to create new and exciting sales opportunities for Philips Strand and Selecon, while continuing to build and strengthen the relationships with all our dealers and distributors across North America.”

Additionally, Philips Strand Lighting and Selecon announced the appointment of Kara O'Grady to the position of US Mid-Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, covering the Mid-Atlantic Region of New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC and Virginia. O'Grady has an extensive resume in the professional lighting industry which includes East Coast Sales Manager for Rosco Labs and Production Resource Group's Systems Integration Division. She received her BFA in lighting design and technical production from North Carolina School of the Arts, and then went on to work as an assistant lighting designer for the Opera Company of Philadelphia. She has also been a lighting designer and programmer for many theater, dance, television and corporate events throughout the east coast.

“It is an exciting time at Philips Strand and Selecon North America, and I am proud to be the new Mid-Atlantic Sales Manager,” said O'Grady. “This region is full of dynamic arts and entertainment venues and productions that fit perfectly with the Strand and Selecon family of fixtures, dimmers, and controls. I am excited to begin working with all our local dealers and distributors to see how we can increase our market share.”

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