CINCINNATI, Ohio — LSI Industries Inc. announced the appointment of Howard ("Howie") E. Japlon to the position of Executive Vice President, Human Resources and General Counsel, effective March 13, 2017. Prior to joining LSI, Japlon served as Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary at ACE Hardware Corporation. Previous employers include RG Steel, LLC and Schneider Electric.
Japlon commented, "I am excited to join LSI Industries, and am impressed with the progress the LSI team has made to turn the company around in recent years. I look forward to contributing as LSI moves into a period of sustained growth."
Dennis W. Wells, Chief Executive Officer and President, commented, "I am very pleased to welcome Mr. Japlon to LSI Industries. Howie is a seasoned leader with experience in the areas of corporate law, human resources, mergers and acquisitions, and strategy. He has a strong background in manufacturing, distribution and services, including safety programs. His human resources background includes the development and management of compensation and benefit programs. I have worked with Howie in the past at Square D Company (now Schneider Electric), and am certain that his background will prove valuable as LSI continues to grow."
Japlon received a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign – Urbana and a B.A., Economics from Fordham University, New York City.
Wells continued, "With this new hire, Paul Foster, Executive Vice President, LSI Business System, will be able to direct his focus on the integration of Atlas Lighting Products, Inc. Paul took the lead on much of the pre-integration planning for this acquisition, and he is now maintaining an office at the Atlas Lighting facility. I am pleased to report that early integration efforts are going extremely well, the acquisition continues to be well-received in our markets, and we remain optimistic about the synergies this combination will provide to LSI. Paul's efforts with the LSI Business System have resulted in continuous improvement and improved efficiencies throughout the Company, and I am confident that his leadership during the Atlas integration will ensure a smooth transition."