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Atkore staff changes – Williamson, Kurasz, Pereira, Elsdon and Vaught


May 13, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

(Updated May 25, 2011) – Atkore International (formerly Tyco International’s Electrical & Metal Products business), has recently announced several executive organizational changes designed to “more closely align its product offerings with end-market needs and enhance its customer support and service”, and has announced the following organizational changes:


Effective June 1, John P. Williamson will serve as president and Chief Executive Officer for Atkore International. He replaces Nelda Connors, who resigned to pursue other opportunities.  Williamson joins Atkore from ITT Corporation, where he held various leadership and management roles, including corporate vice-president and director for Operational Excellence, president of the Residential and Commercial Water division, and most recently as president of the Water & Wastewater division.

“John brings a strong customer focus, global experience and a strong track record of outstanding results,” said Philip Knisely, chairman-Atkore International. “His operational expertise and leadership skills in driving improvements in quality, delivery, cost and innovation are well suited to helping Atkore reach its full potential.  We are excited for John to join the team.”

Ed Kurasz is appointed president of the Pipe, Tube & Conduit division. Most recently, Kurasz served as the global VP Pipe & Tube division, with responsibility for mechanical and structural tube, standard pipe, fall protection and fence framework.

Bob Pereira is named president for the Cable division, with responsibility for pre-wired armoured and metal-clad electrical cable (AFC Cable).

Steve Elsdon is named president for the North America Cable Management Systems division with responsibility for managing metal framing and cable tray systems sold under the brand names Unistrut, PowerStrut and TJ Cope.  

Roger Vaught is named VP for the Conduit and Fittings product lines with responsibility for managing metal, aluminum and PVC conduit and associated fittings sold under the brands of Columbia-MBF in Canada, as well as Allied Tube & Conduit in the U.S. and Mexico.

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