Schneider Electric continues its mission on the African content with the appointment of two business leaders for the Anglo African region. With one internal and one external appointment, the company is demonstrating its confidence in its existing talent while acknowledging the importance of bringing new expertise and insight into the organisation, ensuring it remains dynamic and ready to respond to market needs.
James Calmeyer, who has led the company’s Buildings business since 2017, has moved into a new role as business development and strategy vice president for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster. In his new position, Calmeyer’s main responsibility will be to lead business transformation to accelerate business growth, working in close collaboration with Schneider Electric teams across Anglo Africa, as well as global teams. Calmeyer will be specifically focusing on commercial transformation, geographical coverage, business intelligence, innovation at the edge, and any process which will add to the company’s sustainable and inclusive growth.
Taking over from Calmeyer, Devan Pillay has joined Schneider Electric and has taken up the position of Buildings vice president for Schneider Electric Anglophone Cluster, based in Midrand, South Africa. Pillay is an accomplished business leader with a successful track record in building and growing businesses in different regions including Africa, Europe and North America.
He started his career at Eskom as a senior engineer, then joined Schneider Electric South Africa from 1998 to 2003 as marketing manager. He has held several leadership roles at companies such as Tyco Energy, GE and 3M, in several countries including South Africa, Turkey, Switzerland and the USA. Prior to re-joining Schneider Electric South Africa, Pillay was the CEO of Signify Commercial (formerly known as Philips Lighting) for Africa.
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