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Crawford retiring; AD’s Electrical Division uniting with Industrial

January 27, 2020 | By Anthony Capkun

”I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done together [...] to enable our independent electric distributors to win in the marketplace.”

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Ed Crawford of AD’s Electrical Business Unit and its chief marketing officer has elected to retire effective April 24, following the Electrical division’s Spring Network Meeting.

AD says it is making some organizational improvements coinciding with this announcement, and will be forming the AD Electrical & Industrial Division, which will be helmed by Jack Templin.

Templin is currently AD’s Industrial & Safety Business Unit president. In addition to his expanded role, he will continue to serve as chief programs officer.

For 2020, the Electrical Supply Division’s current North American Meeting—being held in National Harbor—will remain separate from Industrial. Dan Drazilov remains president of AD Canada.


“On behalf of the AD team, I wish Ed and his family the very best in this next chapter, and offer Jack my continued support as he evolves our newly established business unit,” said AD chair and CEO, Bill Weisberg.

The E&I business unit will comprise Electrical-US, Canada and Mexico; Industrial & Safety US and Canada; and the Bearings & Power Transmission divisions.

Ted Simpson, senior VP of Marketing, will report directly to Weisberg. Meantime, AD will be hiring a president for the Electrical-US Division.

“I’m extremely proud of the work we’ve done together—members, suppliers and the entire AD Electrical and marketing teams—to enable our independent electric distributors to win in the marketplace,” Crawford said.

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