Jennifer Sethre Appointed President of Lighting Science
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Lighting Science, announce the appointment of Jennifer Sethre as President, and Randy Mortensen as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development, effective immediately. Both executives will be based at the company’s headquarters in Satellite Beach, Florida, helping to expand its international manufacturing and worldwide sales channels.
Before joining Lighting Science, Sethre founded Lumena SSL, Inc. to provide premier commercial LED lighting products to the U.S. market. Sethre oversaw strategic planning, research and development, product design, manufacturing and marketing and sales. Previously, Sethre was President of Boto Limited, the largest manufacturer of seasonal products in the world. Sethre has over 15 years of experience in Chinese product manufacturing and has cultivated an expertise in building relationships with international manufacturing partners. She also has extensive sales and marketing relationships with America’s largest retailers, including Wal-Mart, Sam’s Club, Sears, Kohl’s, Target, Costco, and The Home Depot. Sethre will leverage her sales, marketing, operations and executive team management expertise in support of Lighting Science’s high growth goals.
“Jennifer brings an impressive set of diverse skills and experience perfectly aligned with our opportunities today,” said Craig Cogut, Board Chairman of Lighting Science. “I am excited to have Jennifer as a part of the Lighting Science management team. Her comprehensive background in international manufacturing, sales and operations will lead the company in creating expanded product manufacturing capacity and bring technologically advanced lighting solutions to our customers and channel partners.”
In his role as Executive Vice President of Sales and Business Development, Randy Mortensen brings 30 years of experience in sales and management. He served as Vice President of Sales and Operations for Energy Masters International, an unregulated energy services company that was a subsidiary of a $10 billion utility company based in Minneapolis. The current LED lighting retrofit trend very closely models the business opportunities and rapid market acceptance he guided in that position. Mortensen spent the last 8 years as President of World Wide Village, a non-profit organization providing clean water, education, sanitation, healthcare, and job creation to communities in Haiti, the Bahamas, India, Zimbabwe, and Liberia. Mortensen also served as Chief Executive Officer of Water Monitor International, a technology development company.
“Randy is a world-class talent whose ability to connect and build relationships will greatly serve the Lighting Science team,” said Craig Cogut. “I’m excited for the contributions he will make in integrating our existing sales and development capabilities to further drive the company’s success.”