GE Lighting names Agostino Renna President & CEO of GE Lighting EMEA


East Cleveland, Ohio – January 2, 2012 – GE Lighting today announced that Agostino Renna has been named president and CEO of GE Lighting Europe, Middle East & Africa effective immediately.

Agostino Renna as President and CEO of GE Lighting Europe, Africa and Middle East

Renna, who will report to GE Lighting president & CEO Maryrose Sylvester, succeeds Phil Marshall who has led GE Lighting Europe, Middle East & Africa, since 2008. Marshall has left GE Lighting to pursue a position outside of the company.

Agostino Renna's experience, leadership and significant sales and marketing background make him an outstanding person to continue the transformation of the Lighting business in the region,” said GE Lighting president & CEO Maryrose Sylvester. “Agostino has demonstrated outstanding management qualities and has the ability to sharpen our strategic focus to lead GE Lighting Europe, Middle East & Africa to achieve strong, sustained growth in 2013 and beyond.

Renna most recently was Vice President, Growth & Market Strategy for GE-Canada with responsibility for the long term growth and market positioning of all GE's businesses in Canada.


Prior to joining GE, Renna spent 14 years at Johnson Controls Inc., where he worked in Canada, the US and Europe. He held leadership roles in sales, marketing, strategy and general management culminating with a position leading Johnson Controls' Energy Solutions division for Europe, the Middle East and Africa based in Brussels, Belgium.

Renna was born in Montreal, Quebec and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. He speaks 4 languages fluently. He is a regular speaker at conferences and roundtables that focus on addressing global energy challenges. While in Belgium, Renna was an Executive in Residence at the Vlerick Leuven Gent Management School, where, in his lectures, he brought a strong practioner's perspective to the topics of sales, marketing, strategy and leadership.

The official PDF version of this press release is also available here.


About GE Lighting

GE Lighting invents with the vigor of its founder Thomas Edison to develop energy-efficient solutions that change the way people light their world in commercial, industrial, municipal and residential settings. The business employs about 15,000 people in more than 100 countries, and sells products under the Reveal® and Energy Smart® consumer brands, and Evolve ™, GTx™, Immersion ™, Infusion ™, Lumination® and Tetra® commercial brands, all trademarks of GE. General Electric (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter to build a world that works better. For more information, visit www.gelighting.com.

For further information, please contact:

Christopher Augustine
GE Lighting
Cleveland, Ohio
216-266-3477
christopher.augustine@ge.com
Kinga Kalocsai
GE Lighting Europe, Middle East & Africa
Budapest, Hungary
+36-1-399-1455
Kinga.Kalocsai@ge.com


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