Dean Pournaras has been appointed president of WattStopper, manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting controls. The change in leadership is a result of past president Jerry Mix's resignation, as he will be joining Finelite as its Chief Executive Officer starting Jan. 1, 2012.

Mix, a co-founder of WattStopper, has been instrumental in the lighting industry the past 28 years. He has been involved in the “development of many industry-first product innovations as well as spearheading recognition of lighting controls as a reliable and effective energy efficiency technology.” Mix sits on the advisory board of the California Lighting Technology Center, as well as the boards of Finelite, ETM Tailored Power Subsystems, and Finis.

Pournaras has been with WattStopper at the management-team level for the past seven years. Prior to assuming the company's presidency, he served as vice president of sales and marketing, and vice president of operations and marketing. Pournaras joined WattStopper in 2004. Before that he worked for Legrand/Pass & Seymour for 15 years where he held a number of director level sales and marketing roles.