In order to further enhance its organizational effectiveness and streamline its management structure, Rexel announced Thursday a new organizational structure in Europe combining two of its three European zones in order to form a new Southern, Central, and Eastern Europe zone.
As a result, Patrick Berard has been appointed to the newly-created position of Senior Vice President Southern, Central and Eastern Europe, effective October 1.
Berard's extension of responsibilities reinforces Rexel's commitment to create the leadership conditions to further accelerate the business transformation and to leverage synergy and scale across the Southern, Central, and Eastern European zone.
Berard joined Rexel in 2003 as CEO Rexel France and is widely recognized for growing and transforming Rexel's French business to become the market leader. In 2007, he became Senior Vice President Southern Europe and in 2013, Belgium and Luxembourg also came under his responsibility.
Patrick Berard will be taking over from Michel Klein, who is stepping down from his current role of SVP Central and Eastern Europe.
Rudy Provoost, Chairman and CEO of Rexel, said: "I am delighted that Patrick Berard has been appointed to this new position, which marks another step in the evolution of the company's organization and management structure in Europe. Patrick has a proven track record and excellent knowledge of the electrical distribution sector and is recognized for his innovative services and solutions for the benefit of both customers and suppliers. I am confident that he will be successful in his new role. I would like also to take this opportunity to thank Michel Klein for his personal dedication and valuable contribution during the last 5 years and wish him continued success for the future."