Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, has announced the appointment of Eric Léger as country president for southern Africa, effective 01 April 2013.
Previously country president at Schneider Electric Korea (Schneider Electric Taiwan since 2011), Léger replaces Carl Kleynhans, who held the local position for more than two and a half years and has decided to leave the company to pursue outside opportunities.
In his former capacity, Léger was responsible for business growth in both Korea and Taiwan, introducing the EcoStruxure architecture to the region in order to help customers make energy safe, reliable, efficient, productive and green, from plant to plug.
He began his career at Schneider Electric at the organisation’s Indonesian branch in 1996, concentrating on international focused analysis, and forecasting economical and contractual risks as well as credit management for the business. From 1998 to 2000, Léger held a financial position within Schneider Electric’s low voltage business and, two years later, managed international sourcing, finance, logistics and MIS in the Philippines and China for the next three years. Between 2005 and 2008, he was the country manager for Sri Lanka and the Maldives.
Says Mohamed Saad, Schneider Electric’s zone president for Africa and the Caribbean: “We are pleased to appoint a person of Eric Léger’s calibre to head up Schneider Electric’s southern African operation. Having been with the company for more than 17 years, and holding a country president position for eight of these, we believe that Eric will bring a wealth of experience and expertise to the region.
“His pioneering spirit and passion for seeing development in new economies make him the ideal leader to take South Africa forward, both in terms of ‘at home’ development and also as a hub into the rest of the African continent, expected to be the next world economy,” Saad continues.
“We would also like to take the opportunity to thank Carl Kleynhans for his many positive contributions and dedication to the group over the past 14 and a half years and wish both him and Eric the best moving forward in their new endeavours.”