Posted March 3, 2016

Southwire president retires

Southwire announced the retirement of Jack Carlson, president of North America.

He will serve in an advisory role to Southwire’s leadership team until May 31.

Carlson began his career at Southwire in 2001 after more than 20 years of industry experience with companies such as Square D and Yale Security Group. 

“It has been a remarkable experience to work with Southwire, and I am extremely proud of the accomplishments we’ve been able to share over the last 15 years,” said Carlson. “We’ve built incredibly strong relationships with our distributors, agents and contractors and innovated safe and productive solutions that have positively changed the way our end users do business for the long term.”

Carlson joined Southwire as president of the Electrical Division and was later promoted to president of North America. He served as a leader in all areas of the business including sales, marketing, product development, divisional growth and research, and his experience in the wire and cable industry sparked the innovation of creative and unique processes and products that benefit both the company and the end user.

“I was fortunate to know of Jack prior to joining the team at Southwire and have had the great opportunity to personally work closely with him as I’ve begun my career with the organization,” said Rich Stinson, Southwire president and CEO. “His focus on meeting the needs of the customer, his innovative spirit and his impact on the market have been key influences that will continue, both inside and outside the walls of Southwire, long after his retirement.”

Southwire also announced that it has reorganized into business groups based on its approach to the market. Norman Adkins has been promoted to president of the Construction Systems and Solutions Group, and Charlie Murrah has been promoted to president of the Power Systems and Solutions Group.

Adkins, who previously served as president of Southwire’s electrical business, has 18 years of experience with the company and has served in various roles including international manufacturing and business development, energy sales and also served as president of the company’s OEM business. Murrah, a more than 30-year veteran of the company, served most recently as president of the company’s energy business. Throughout his career, Murrah has held numerous responsibilities in areas including the company’s engineering, manufacturing and supply chain functions.

Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers.