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Keith Moss leaves Sonepar Canada presidency, Francois Anquetil successor


September 18, 2011
By Anthony Capkun

September 18, 2011 – Keith Moss, president and CEO of Sonepar Canada, has been appointed president of the Asia-Pacific Region, succeeding Marius van Huijstee. Meantime, François Anquetil (president of Lumen) has been appointed managing director of Sonepar Canada to succeed Moss.

Anquetil, a Canadian citizen born in France, started his career at Lumen in 1988 as controller. He subsequently held a variety of positions inside the Sonepar Group, both in France and Canada, before taking up his current position as president of Lumen in 2008. Anquetil will report to Dave Gabriel, and will be based in Toronto.

A Canadian citizen born in the United Kingdom, Moss joined Sonepar Canada in 1999, and had growing responsibilities before being promoted managing director of the country in 2008.

In the last 10 years, the group’s Canadian organization has grown its sales from $500 million to $1 billion, and multiplied its PBIT by 10. Moss will become a member of the senior executive council, and report to Franck Bruel. He will be based in Hong Kong, and will be taking his new position as of November 1.

Sonepar Canada is a national electrical and safety distributor, providing service to residential, commercial, industrial and specialty business customers since 1984. There are over 1500 employees in more than 90 branches within six divisions: CenturyVallen, Gescan, Lumen, Osso Electric, Texcan and SESCO.

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