Gregg A. Holst Named President of Rittal | Automation.com

Gregg A. Holst Named President of Rittal

July 28, 2014 - Effective July 2014, Gregg A. Holst will serve as President, with responsibility for the entire North American market.

President, Rittal International, Christoph Caselitz emphasized that with Holst’s appointment, Rittal is strengthening its commitment to North America. "North America is our most important market outside Europe and 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 (Chicago) on the continent, we have decided to concentrate the management there."

Centralizing leadership of the US, Canada and Mexico also aligns with one of Rittal’s guiding principles of being “Closer to the Customer.” Combining that philosophy with the company’s expanding automation offerings and production/warehousing capabilities positions Rittal to tap in to the opportunities in North America and fortify its position as a world market leader.  

Holst expanded saying, "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."

Mr. Holst most recently served as President and COO of Japanese electronics group Omron. In that role, the electrical engineer dramatically strengthened the company’s position in North and South America. Prior to Omron, he drove sales growth for Revere Electric Supply as Executive Vice President, operating in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Mr. Holst has also held executive positions at Square D and General Electric.

"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", stated Executive Vice President Americas and Global Market Solutions, Frank Delesen.

Rittal Corporation
Rittal Corporation, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the U.S. subsidiary of Rittal GmbH & Co. KG and manufactures the world’s leading industrial and IT enclosures, racks and accessories, including climate control and power management systems for industrial, data center, outdoor and hybrid applications. Rittal's off-the-shelf standard, modified standard and custom-engineered products are recognized throughout the world as innovative, high quality solutions for practically any industrial or IT infrastructure application — from single enclosures to comprehensive, mission critical systems.

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