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WattStopper names industry veterans to management team

WattStopper has made two appointments to its executive management team. Jim Young will join the company as vice president of sales and marketing while Shireen Zekanoski becomes the vice president of operations and engineering.

Young joins WattStopper from a series of senior positions with Acuity Brands, most recently as vice president and general manager of the company’s specialty group, encompassing Winona Lighting, Peerless, Healthcare Lighting, Hydrel, and Mark Architectural Lighting brands. Prior to that, he held executive-level positions with Peerless Lighting for seven years.

“Emerging technologies like LED lighting, and evolving market trends, such as increasing regulatory demands for maximum energy efficiency, are creating opportunities and challenges. Control solutions are at the heart of these trends and WattStopper has proven itself as a leader in bringing new ideas forward to reduce energy waste for nearly 30 years. It’s an exciting time to join the WattStopper team and find new ways to partner with customers to maximize energy performance,” Young said.

Zekanoski has held numerous senior positions with Silicon Valley companies over the past ten years, including NeoPhotonics, Apple, Celerity, and 3Com. Most recently, Zekanoski served as vice president of global operations for Santur Corporation (acquired by NeoPhotonics) in San Jose. Prior to that, Zekanoski held various positions with increasing responsibility at Apple Computer where she led the NPI Program for the Portables Operations division and managed the business operations for one of the company’s fastest paced product lines, the iPod.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jim and Shireen,” WattStopper President Dean Pournaras said. “Their vision and industry savvy will help WattStopper continue its rich heritage of innovation while also positioning the company for continued growth in a rapidly changing marketplace.”

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