IDEA Announces New CEO

Paul Molitor will lead the Industry Data Exchange Organization starting Dec. 15 after holding several positions with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association.

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On Tuesday, the Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) announced Paul Molitor as Chief Executive Officer and President effective Dec. 15.

“We are extremely excited about IDEA’s new direction in leadership and the fresh approach Paul will bring to the organization,” said National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) President/CEO Tom Naber. “IDEA is important to the future of distribution and we will do what’s necessary to help this project be successful.”

Molitor has held several positions with National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), including his most recent role as assistant vice president, Strategy and Policy. During his tenure with NEMA, Molitor’s leadership has been highlighted by establishing technical standards for the Smart Grid. Molitor also has a rich history of technology and business experience in both large and small company settings.

The IDEA Board has also promoted Mike Wentz, of IDEA, to the role of Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, effective immediately. Wentz has been with IDEA for nearly five years, serving most recently as Vice President, Operations. He has a deep history in the information services space, and in working with distribution, offering more than 30 years of electrical industry and technology provider experience.

NAED is a trade association for the $70+ billion electrical distribution industry. Through networking, education, research, and benchmarking, NAED helps electrical distributors increase profitability and improve the channel. NAED’s membership operates in approximately 5,100 locations internationally.

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