Friday, January 22, 2021
Public Relations

New Leadership Appointments at Schneider Electric for Sustainable Business Growth in Africa


Schneider Electric continues its mission to provide cutting-edge technological solutions to the African content with the appointment of two esteemed business leaders for the Anglo African region. With one internal and one external appointment, the company is demonstrating its confidence in its existing talent while acknowledging the importance of bringing new expertise and insight into the organisation, ensuring it remains dynamic and ready to respond to market needs.

James Calmeyer, who has led the company’s Buildings business since 2017, has moved into a new role as Business Development and Strategy Vice President, for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster. In his new position, Calmeyer’s main responsibility will be to lead business transformation to accelerate business growth, working in close collaboration with Schneider Electric teams across Anglo Africa, as well as global teams. Calmeyer will be specifically focusing on commercial transformation, geographical coverage, business intelligence, innovation at the edge, and any process which will add to the companies sustainable and inclusive growth.

“We would like to thank James for successfully leading our Buildings activities during the past three years, implementing a solid set-up and team. He has a strong record of delivering results in a very challenging environment and wish him all the best in his new role,” says Albert Fuchet, Cluster President of Schneider Electric Anglophone

Taking over from Calmeyer, Devan Pillay has joined Schneider Electric and has taken up the position of Buildings Vice President for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster, based in Midrand, South Africa. Pillay is an accomplished business leader with a successful track record in building and growing businesses in different regions including Africa, Europe and North America. He started his career at Eskom (Power Utility) as a Senior Engineer, then joined Schneider Electric South Africa from 1998 to 2003 as Marketing Manager. He has held several leadership roles at companies such as Tyco Energy, GE and 3M, in several countries including South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland and the USA. Prior to re-joining Schneider Electric South Africa, Pillay was the CEO of Signify Commercial (formerly known as Philips Lighting) for Africa.

“We look forward to Devan’s contribution to growing our Buildings business in Anglo Africa. His experience showcases his comprehensive knowledge in our industry, and we are confident he will lead this unit to greater heights, applying what he has learnt throughout his esteemed career,” says Fuchet.

“These appointments represent a significant investment on our part towards sustainable growth. At Schneider Electric, we understand the value of our human resources as our greatest asset in solving customers’ challenges and maintaining business continuity throughout the highs and lows. While we aim to serve our customers, we also strive to provide a dynamic, welcoming and efficient working environment for our team. Congratulations to James and Devan in their new roles,” Fuchet concludes.

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