Lighting Industry Veteran Jorge Fernandez to Join TCP Will Lead TCP's LED Product and Emerging Markets Strategy

AURORA, Ohio, June 7, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- TCP, the global leader in energy efficient lighting products, announced today that industry veteran Jorge Fernandez will be joining the company in the position of Sr. Vice President of Business Development.  Jorge comes to TCP from The Home Depot, where he distinguished himself leading that company's rapid growth in energy efficient lighting.

"I am extremely excited to bring Jorge Fernandez on board at TCP.  Jorge will immediately assume the critical role leading our LED product strategy and also manage our emerging markets development, focused on our rapid expansion in Latin America," said Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP.  "Jorge brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the LED lighting segment, and he is recognized as one of the industry's leading experts on energy efficient lighting."

Jorge came to The Home Depot in 2003 as a part of their management development program, starting out as an associate in the Internal Audit Leadership Program. He rose through several positions of increasing responsibility in Merchandising, eventually assuming his most recent position as Senior Merchant of LED Product Development.  While at The Home Depot, Jorge oversaw the company's dramatic growth in energy efficient lighting and forged The Home Depot's entry into the LED lighting category, helping the company reach a worldwide leadership position.  Prior to that he worked for AT&T (formerly BellSouth Telecommunications) as an engineering Project Manager in their networks division.  

"I am extremely pleased to join the talented management team at TCP," said Fernandez.  "I believe TCP is extremely well positioned with their cutting edge technology and extensive manufacturing capability, and are poised now to grow significantly as the new EISA rules drive the rapid market transition into all areas of the global energy efficient lighting space."

Jorge graduated in 1999 with a BS in Industrial and Systems Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.  His wife Judy and child will soon relocate with Jorge to the Cleveland area.

TCP is the global leader in energy efficient lighting innovations dedicated to creating high-quality products that are brighter, longer lasting and better for the environment.  From its U.S. headquarters outside Cleveland, Ohio, the company markets a variety of energy efficient lighting products for professional, specifier and consumer markets under several brands including TCP, TCP Pro, SpringLight™, DuraBright™, Lightstyles™ and TCP EcoVations™ .  TCP's extensive product line includes compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), LED lamps and fixtures, halogen lamps, cold cathode lamps, exit and emergency lighting, HID, decorative and outdoor fixtures, as well as a linear fixtures, lamps, and ballast offerings.  TCP is a privately held company employing more than 200 people in Northeast Ohio.  For more information, visit us at www.tcpi.com or call (800) 324-1496.

Contact:

Lesley Matt


(330) 995-1384


lmatt@tcpi.com



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