Pelco’s Fages expands responsibilities

New role helps avoid pitfalls of vertical operation
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

CLOVIS, Calif.—Herve Fages has an expanded role globally and at the original Pelco campus here, Pelco by Schneider Electric announced in May.

Fages was named SVP, global product marketing for the Schneider Electric Buildings Business and Site Executive for the Schneider Electric’s campus here, the original Pelco campus.

“It’s really an extension of my existing role, with more global responsibility,” he said.

In this role, Fages is responsible for all global marketing activities for the Schneider Electric Buildings Business, including product management, marketing and communications, trade shows and training. He reports to Dean Myer, EVP Buildings Business.

This new role is a part of efforts begun in July 2011 to more closely integrate Pelco and Schneider. “Now there’s much closer cooperation with access control, closer cooperation with energy management and all of the building management systems groups,” he said. “The campus in Clovis is all part of the vertical operation. Manufacturing here reports to [Schneider] manufacturing, engineering reports to engineering and marketing reports to marketing,” Fages explained.

He pointed out “the danger you have with a verticalized operation is that the left arm doesn’t know what the right arm is doing.” Fages’ role is designed to ensure “that we’re optimizing with the vertical organization and collaborating on the horizontal side of the organization.”

As site executive, Fages will ensure that the Clovis operation continues to the local community and charitable organizations. “That’s one of the strengths of our organization and we don’t want to lose that,” he said. The site executive role was previously held by Pelco CFO, Curt Daily, who has been promoted to CFO of Schneider’s EMEA building operation and is relocating to Sweden.