Rexel Shifts Execs To Fill New VP Sales Position

Electrical and datacom distributor Rexel Inc. has created a new position -- vp for sales and new business development.

With the creation of a new position - vice president, sales and new business development - Rexel has made the following changes:

Jim O'Hargan, president of the company's South Central Division since 1998, will fill the new position. As vp sales, he will report to Dick Waterman, Rexel's executive vp/CEO. O'Hargan's background includes positions as vp sales for Hubbell Lighting and regional vp for Genlyte Thomas Group. He also worked previously for GE Supply and elsewhere within General Electric.
"Jim's job will be to identify market trends and opportunities," said Waterman. "He'll coordinate our national account sales with Vantage Group and provide expertise to me and to marketing and sales personnel in our divisions."
Tim Copeland, who had been vice president of logistics and operations for Rexel's U.S. operations since January 2002, will fill the South Central Division post. The division is based in Houston.
Copeland's recent efforts included serving as champion of Rexel's "Operation Excellence" or "OpX" program. Previously, he was vp operations/regional manager for Rexel's Southern Division (1996 -2000) and vp of Rexel Datacom (2001).
Additionally, Rexel recently hired Renee Junell as Director of Credit, replacing Ken Hoover. Junell previously led the Customer Financial Services team at Frito -Lay; earlier, she worked in similar positions for Daisytek International and Overhead Door Corp.
Hoover, who retired in May 2003 after more than 20 years with Rexel and its predecessors, had stayed on for the past year in a consulting role.


About Rexel SA: With more than 1,700 branches on five continents, Rexel is the world's largest electrical and datacom distributor. The company's 2003 worldwide sales were 6.6 billion euros (roughly $8 billion at recent exchange rates).
In the U.S., Dallas -based Rexel has more branches selling electrical and datacom products than any electrical or datacom distributor. For more information, see www.rexelusa.com.

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