To maintain sustainable business growth in the Anglo African region, Schneider Electric has made two key appointments, the company has announced.
In a statement, Schneider says James Calmeyer, who has led the company’s buildings business since 2017, has moved into a new role as business development and strategy VP for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster.
In his new position, Calmeyer’s main responsibility will be to lead business transformation to accelerate business growth, working in close collaboration with Schneider Electric teams across Anglo Africa, as well as global teams.
Furthermore, Calmeyer will be specifically focusing on commercial transformation, geographical coverage, business intelligence, innovation at the edge, and any process that will add to the company’s sustainable and inclusive growth, notes the statement.
“We would like to thank James for successfully leading our Buildings activities during the past three years, implementing a solid set-up and team,” says Albert Fuchet, cluster president of Schneider Electric Anglophone. “He has a strong record of delivering results in a very challenging environment and wish him all the best in his new role.”
Taking over from Calmeyer is Devan Pillay, who joins Schneider Electric in the position of Buildings VP for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster, based in Midrand, Johannesburg.
Schneider states that Pillay is an accomplished business leader, with a successful track record in building and growing businesses in different regions including Africa, Europe and North America.
He started his career at Eskom as a senior engineer, and then joined Schneider Electric SA from 1998 to 2003 as marketing manager. He has held several leadership roles at companies such as Tyco Energy, GE and 3M, in several countries, including SA, Turkey, Switzerland and the US.
Prior to re-joining Schneider Electric SA, Pillay was the CEO of Signify Commercial (formerly Philips Lighting) for Africa.
“We look forward to Devan’s contribution to growing our Buildings business in Anglo Africa. His experience showcases his comprehensive knowledge in our industry, and we are confident he will lead this unit to greater heights, applying what he has learnt throughout his esteemed career,” says Fuchet.
“These appointments represent a significant investment on our part towards sustainable growth. At Schneider Electric, we understand the value of our human resources as our greatest asset in solving customers’ challenges and maintaining business continuity throughout the highs and lows. While we aim to serve our customers, we also strive to provide a dynamic, welcoming and efficient working environment for our team. Congratulations to James and Devan in their new roles,” Fuchet concludes.
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