Rittal Announces Senior Sales Director Promotions

CHICAGO — Rittal, a global leader for industrial enclosures, climate control, power management systems, and automation services, appointed John Finnegan and Mike Smetana to new senior sales director positions.

With these promotions, both Finnegan and Smetana join the Rittal North America executive team and are responsible for leading sales teams to achieve significant short- and long-term growth, improve engagement with Rittal customers and channel partners, as well as build a closer connection with the Rittal salesforce.

“We are pleased to promote John and Mike to their new roles as senior sales directors,” said Mike Freund, managing director for the U.S. at Rittal. “John Finnegan built an outstanding career with Rittal. He has extensive experience with our customers and distributors that will help accelerate growth and drive advancement of our team. During Mike Smetana’s tenure as regional director and director of U.S. channel, he helped deliver double-digit growth. His experience provides an excellent balance to help us capture new opportunities and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

John Finnegan

Finnegan began his professional career with Rittal in 1997 as an account manager after having previously completed an internship with the company. He has held roles with progressive responsibility serving clients in both the IT and OEM markets on a national and international basis. Prior to this promotion Finnegan served as director of sales for the Southeast region.

“I am lucky to call one company my professional home in life,” said Finnegan. “This organization is filled with many talented, dedicated and focused individuals. Working with this team, coupled with my 23 years of experience, I am very excited to grow Rittal in the industrial marketplace.”

Finnegan and his family reside in Atlanta, Georgia.

Mike Smetana

Smetana joined Rittal in 2016 as sales director of the North region and most recently served as director for the U.S. channel. Prior to joining Rittal, Smetana held sales management positions in the electrical market at both BURNDY LLC and Klein Tools. He earned his bachelor’s degree in management from the University of Iowa’s Tippie College of Business.

“Having served the electrical and industrial market for 13 years in various capacities, I look forward to continuing our work with an excellent sales team and great channel partners,” said Smetana. “Together, we will continue to demonstrate how the Rittal System and our solutions can help our customers succeed.”

Smetana resides in Downers Grove, Illinois with his wife and three daughters.

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