Rittal names top North American executive

Gregg Holst centralizes the company’s leadership serving the United States, Canada and Mexico markets.

Rittal Corporation recently named Gregg A. Holst president, with responsibility for the company’s Canadian, United States and Mexican markets. Christoph Caselitz, president of Rittal International, explained that this appointment of Holst strengthens the company’s commitment to North America, which Caselitz characterized as “our most important market outside Europe,” adding that the North American market “offers considerable growth potential to develop our position as world market leader. Since the company headquarters are located close to one of the major economic hubs on the continent [Chicago], we have decided to concentrate the management there.”

The company also emphasized that centralizing its leadership of this region aligns with its guiding principle, “Closer to the customer.” Holst observed, “Over the past five decades, Rittal has gained excellent professional expertise in the field of industrial enclosures, power distribution, climate control, IT infrastructure as well as software and services. With our value chain, Rittal has clearly underpinned its leading global position. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and skills to Rittal in North America.”

Most recently Holst served as president and chief operating officer of Japanese electronics group Omron. An electrical engineer by trade, Holst previously was executive vice president for Revere Electric Supply, and also held executive positions at Square D and General Electric.

Rittal’s executive vice president, Americas and global market solutions, Frank Delesen, concluded, “With Mr. Holst, we have succeeded in entrusting a leader with many years of experience in the automation business and distribution channel with this crucial new task.”

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