On Sept. 8, 2007, Harold Leviton, CEO and chairman of the board of Leviton Manufacturing Co., passed away at age 90. Leviton was dedicated to the electrical industry and advocated for electrical safety standards throughout his lifetime.
Leviton grew up in the family business and started with the company full time in 1940, working his way up the ladder until he was named president, CEO, and chairman in 1965. For 42 years, he led and grew Leviton Manufacturing to its current status as one of the leading electrical companies.
He served as chairman of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Wiring Device Section and Building and Equipment Division, was an honorary member of its board of governors and chairman of the Electrical Manufacturing Council, and served as vice chairman emeritus of the National Electrical Safety Foundation. Leviton also established the Leviton Industrial Arts Award for New York City high school students in the electrical trades.
Throughout his life, Leviton received the Wire and Cable Club of America's Charles D. Scott Distinguished Career Award, NEMA's Falk Award, the Anti-Defamation Torch of Liberty Award, and the Medal of Merit of the Portuguese Communities.
Leviton is survived by his wife, three daughters and three sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Before his death, Leviton secured the succession of his company within the family by appointing two of his sons-in-law to leadership positions. Donald J. Hendler, named president in 2005, has assumed the additional role of CEO. Stephen B. Sokolow, named vice chairman of the board in 2005, has succeeded Leviton as chairman of the board.