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Jack Carlson gets key role in Southwire reorganization, industrial products to get a heightened focus

Southwire Company announced a reorganization of its senior management structure, with Jack Carlson now leading all of the company's sales and marketing and product development efforts in North America.

A press release said that, in his new role as president of North American business, Carlson will manage Southwire's electrical, energy and OEM divisions as well as its newly created Industrial Division and its Canadian wire and cable business. With a wide variety of cable offerings, the Industrial Division serves the power generation and transit, petrochemical, natural gas, automotive and other markets, as well as institutional campuses such as hospitals, universities, prisons and military bases. As Southwire seeks to synergize its marketing and product development strategies, Carlson also will direct the company's R&D efforts, it said.

"Jack has been the driver behind the tremendous growth in our electrical business and the division's recovery from the housing crash several years ago," said Southwire President and CEO Stu Thorn. "As we continue to expand into new products, markets and geographies, we have a chance to bring our unique blend of technology and culture to new customers. Jack's vision and knowledge of our markets are key to us making the most of that opportunity."

Carlson joined Southwire in 2001 as president of the Electrical Division. He previously worked in key positions with Assa Abloy, Yale Security Group, Groupe Schneider and Square D Company. He holds a degree in business administration from the College of New Jersey.

Carlson will pass the role of electrical division president to Norman Adkins, who most recently served as senior vice president of electrical distribution and retail sales for Southwire's Electrical Division. He joined the company in 1998 as director of international sales in the Energy Division. He has held a number of management positions, including president of Southwire's OEM Division, which markets wire and cable to other manufactures who use it in their products. Adkins previously held leadership positions in sales, operations, international business and engineering at Corning Incorporated. Adkins holds a degree in industrial engineering from Virginia Tech and an MBA in finance and international business from New York University.
"Southwire continues to dream big as we seek to make our own dent in the universe," Thorn said. "That will take having the right people in the right positions to enhance our capabilities and our focus."

The release noted that last year, Southwire named Hans Meiring as president of international and operational development. A 40-year veteran of the wire and cable industry, Meiring formerly was CEO  of Oman Cables in the Sultanate of Oman. He for 27 years, 10 as CEO, with Aberdare Cables, where he helped establish the company's first fiber optic cable plant in South Africa. Early in his career, he served as project engineer in a joint venture among ITT of America and BICC and STC of the U.K.to build the first telecommunication plant in South Africa. He has a background in mechanical engineering, and holds a master's degree in business administration from Buckingham International Business Management School in the U.K.

Southwire Company is North America's largest wire and cable producer.

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