Sonepar USA Names New President Of Key Accounts, Acquires QED

Sean Leahy joins Sonepar USA's senior management team to develop its key accounts platform, while the addition of Quality Electrical Distribution gives the company a greater foothold in six Western states.

​Sonepar USA, a subsidiary of France-based Sonepar Group, has made two recent announcements with the news that Sean Leahy will join the company's senior management team as the new President of Sonepar USA Key Accounts, and that the company has acquired Denver, CO-based Quality Electrical Distribution (QED).

Leahy will be responsible for developing the Sonepar USA Key Accounts platform. Although Sean will focus on core electric opportunities, he will also work closely with the leadership in Hagemeyer/Industrial Distribution Group on shared-selling efforts in the industrial, safety and integrated supply markets. IDG, acquired by Sonepar last September, was No. 22 on Industrial Distribution's 2014 Big 50 List.

Sean comes to Sonepar USA with a background in the electrical distribution industry. He served as President and CEO of Vanguard National Alliance for one and a half years, and President of Vantage Group for 18 years.  

On the acquisition front, Quality Electrical Distribution is is a regional electric distributor serving residential and commercial contractors, industrial facilities, and OEM businesses. QED serves its customers from 13 locations throughout the six states of North Dakota, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.

Halsey Cook, President of Sonepar USA, said, “We are pleased to welcome QED to the Sonepar USA family. I want to congratulate (CEO Dean Stauffer) on building an excellent company with one of the best counter service levels in the market. I also want to welcome Dave Dahl to our team, who will assume the position as president of QED.”

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