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Schneider Electric announces key appointments in Europe

In a move aimed at preparing for a changing energy landscape, Schneider Electric has announced two key appointments.

Mike Hughes (pictured, left), former executive vice-president of segments and strategic customers and head of Schneider Electric Taiwan, will take up the post of zone president for the UK and Ireland.

Hughes has worked for Schneider for 15 years and will report to Leonid Mukhamedov, executive vice-president of European operations, who said the UK and Ireland was a “key market” for the company.

Hughes said he was “very excited to be taking this role at such an important time for both the region and business.

“Now more than ever, organizations are looking to increase their overall efficiency and we are best placed to work alongside them. We plan to deliver new and innovative services that will help organizations prepare for the rapid growth in energy, digitization and a world of renewable, decentralized energy.”

In addition, the company has appointed Christophe de Maistre (pictured, right) as executive vice-president, head of the partner projects division within the building business. The division focuses on low voltage power distribution products, equipment and solutions.

De Maistre was president and CEO of Siemens France from 2011 and previously managed the firm’s automation and drives business in China before becoming vice-president for building technology in northeast Asia in 2008. He joined Schneider Electric this year.