Universal Lighting Technologies Makes Key Appointments

Operated by Panasonic Lighting Americas, Universal Lighting Technologies has appointed Donna Taylor as VP/Sales for the Central U.S. region.  She brings extensive and diverse industry experience in sales management and sales leadership, most recently as VP/Sales for a large energy solutions provider. Additionally, Taylor brings over 10 years of experience from roles in the lighting industry as Midwest account manager and area sales manager.

“At Universal, we value the relationships we have built over the years with our distributors,” says Joe Damiani, Executive VP/Sales & Marketing for Universal Lighting Technologies. “We have a strong sales organization with quality agents, experienced sales managers, and a solid regional sales support strategy. Taylor’s commitment to the central region will help us provide our partners with a rapidly expanding line of LED products, plus the quality service  they have come to know and appreciate over the many years of doing business together. We look forward to the new opportunities Donna will bring to the organization.”

Based out of Ohio, Taylor will report directly to Damiani and will manage the OEM and       distribution channels in the region,  providing support to agents, distributors, and end-users. She will have five regional sales managers reporting to her.            

Panasonic Lighting Americas, Inc. also appointed Rommell May as the Director/Business Development for ESCO/Retrofit. He brings many years of experience in working with ESCOs and maintenance contractors while serving in his previous role for a large energy solutions provider.        

“We are pleased to welcome Rommell to the team and look forward to the opportunities that will result from his support,” says Mark Verheyen, President & CEO of Panasonic Lighting  

Americas. “His background and extensive knowledge from the industry will be a major   

contribution in taking the company to the next level.”

In his new position, May is responsible for creating and implementing a suitable strategy for specification of Universal Lighting Technologies products in the ESCO/Retrofit channel. He will work closely with the sales regional  vice presidents, regional sales managers, and field application engineers for a coordinated market approach and with product management to help define the needs for future products. Joining the Solutions Business Development division, he will report to Jim Onishi, Senior VP/Strategic Business Development, and  to Verheyen.