Leviton Manufacturing names new COO

December 15, 2006 -- Daryoush Larizadeh, who had been the company's senior vice president, will retain responsibility for the company's businesses including the Voice and Data Division.

December 15, 2006 -- Leviton Manufacturing Company (www.leviton.com), parent of Leviton Voice & Data Systems, recently announced the appointment of Daryoush Larizadeh to the newly created position of chief operating officer. A member of Leviton's executive committee and senior management team, Larizadeh will serve as chairman of the company's operating committee, overseeing day-to-day operations and execution of Leviton's annual plan and operating budget. He also will retain responsibility for the company's voice and data, OEM, lighting management systems, international, residential, and industrial/commercial businesses.

"Our industry is becoming increasingly consolidated and ever-more competitive," said Donald J. Hendler, president of Leviton. "Leviton is poised to fully benefit from the business acumen, fiduciary leadership, and operating skills Daryoush brings to the position of chief operating officer. Over the years, he has played a key role in restructuring our company's process and operating efficiencies."

Since joining Leviton in 2001, Larizadeh has been credited with identifying new revenue opportunities, improving product development cycles, time to market, and cost structures. He also was instrumental in reorganizing the company's operating businesses into focused centers of excellence. In 2005 he was named Leviton's senior vice president and joined the company's executive committee.

As COO, Larizadeh will focus his efforts on growing revenue and profitability, implementing a cohesive corporate strategy for the Leviton companies, developing technology and engineering capabilities, and providing new products and services to the company's customer groups.

Larizadeh holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Michigan and an M.S. degree in business administration from MIT's Sloan School of Business.

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