MELVILLE, N.Y. — Leviton Manufacturing Company, Inc. announced Daryoush Larizadeh has been named president, effective immediately. He will continue to serve as chief operating officer (COO). As President and COO, Larizadeh will have responsibility for all of the company’s operating units worldwide. He will continue to report directly to Chief Executive Officer Donald J. Hendler.
Larizadeh, a 14-year veteran of Leviton, has been responsible for Leviton’s sales and operations globally since 2007. Today, Larizadeh oversees the company’s six business units, 13 manufacturing facilities and four market channels. Under his operational leadership, Leviton expanded into markets outside the U.S., including United Kingdom, China, the Middle East, South America and Asia Pacific. Larizadeh also played an instrumental role in the strategic acquisitions of Fiber Connect, Integrated Metering Systems, Home Automation, Inc., JCC Lighting and Intense Lighting. These actions helped further position Leviton for future growth in its current businesses and new end markets.
“Since joining Leviton, Daryoush has helped position Leviton for the future while maintaining operational excellence and commercial success. He is a trusted leader with a strong reputation for developing and inspiring the teams that work with him,” said Donald J. Hendler, chief executive officer. “As Leviton nears its 110th anniversary in 2016, we are reminded to both acknowledge our heritage and recognize that our spirit of innovation has driven us to evolve and thrive over the years. Daryoush embodies the innovative spirit of Leviton, and I could not be more pleased about his appointment to this role.”
“The Board unanimously agrees that Daryoush’s leadership experience, coupled with his strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results, make him the right person to help execute Leviton’s strategic priorities and drive sustainable growth,” said Stephen B. Sokolow, chairman of the board of directors.
Larizadeh becomes only the fourth individual to serve as president in the company’s nearly 110 years.
“I am honored to be promoted to this role. I look forward to my ongoing partnership with Don and the rest of our team as we continue to grow and bring new and exciting solutions to our customers,” said Larizadeh.
About Daryoush Larizadeh
Daryoush Larizadeh is the chief operating officer of Leviton and has been a member of the company’s leadership team since 2001. With more than 25 years of management experience, Larizadeh has led Leviton’s transformation from a U.S.-based manufacturer of electrical products to a global provider of solutions that help customers create sustainable environments.
Larizadeh joined Leviton as vice president of strategy in 2001, leading the company in the development of strategic planning and budgeting processes; consolidating manufacturing facilities and streamlining operations. In 2002, he became the senior vice president of strategic business units, leading Leviton’s operational efficiency programs and spearheading the creation of strategic business units for each of the company’s diverse product areas (Commercial and Industrial, Lighting and Energy Solutions, Network Solutions and Residential). During this period, he facilitated the restructuring of Leviton’s business units and led the acquisition and integration of several businesses to expand Leviton’s product portfolio into new end markets and geographies.
Prior to his time at Leviton, Larizadeh spent more than a decade as a business management consultant, most recently with PRTM Management Consulting, where he applied his expertise in strategic growth planning, acquisition integration and product development processes to various consulting roles. In advance of his time at PRTM, he served as project and process engineer and plant manager for American Cyanamid.
Larizadeh holds a Master of Science degree in Finance and Operations Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management and a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Michigan.
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