Osram Sylvania has named Rick Leaman as president and CEO of the company, effective Oct. 1, 2009. Leaman will succeed Charlie Jerabek, who will assume a new role as the company's vice chairman.
Jerabek began his career with Sylvania as a sales engineer in 1973 and held a variety of sales, marketing, operations and general management positions before being named president and CEO in 2001. During Jerabek's tenure as CEO, Osram Sylvania achieved its current position as North America's number one lighting supplier, with sales of 1.75 billion Euros in fiscal year 2008. Jerabek will continue as a member of the Osram Sylvania board of directors and support the company in legislative activities and industry associations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED).
Leaman will serve as chief executive for Osram Sylvania's consumer lighting, professional lighting, and specialty lighting business units in Canada, Mexico and the United States. He will also serve as a member of the Osram Sylvania board of directors. Leaman has been executive vice president and general manager of Osram's global automotive lighting division in Munich, Germany since 2006. His 25-year lighting career has included executive positions in Osram Sylvania's automotive lighting, materials and components, and general lighting businesses.
"I am delighted that Rick Leaman has been chosen to succeed me," said Jerabek in a press release statement. "Rick's strong operational background especially in the turbulent automotive industry has prepared him well to continue steering our leadership position in traditional lighting technologies while successfully transitioning to solid-state lighting. I am also pleased to take on a new role as vice chairman, providing both industry and customer support for Osram Sylvania that complements Rick's role as CEO."