Toshiba International Corporation's LED Lighting Systems Division assembles team of industry leaders

Date Announced: 13 Sep 2011

Toshiba International Corporation has announced several new hires to its LED lighting Systems Division. The company hopes the hires will position Toshiba as a leader in the movement to transition to energy-efficient LED lighting.

Ken Honeycutt, the new Senior Vice President of the division, comes from a long career at Acuity Brands Lighting, where he was the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mark Altomare, Peter DallePezze, Keisuke Ono and Jim McKenzie round out Toshiba's senior management team.

This new executive team comes several months after Toshiba announced it was halting production of general-use incandescent lamps.

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Toshiba International Corporation (TIC), a leader in application solutions and innovative technology, announced today that it has assembled a world-class team of lighting veterans to lead its LED Lighting Systems Division. The strategic hires position TIC to deliver unmatched product quality and unparalleled customer service as the North American marketplace transitions from incandescent lighting to energy efficient and aesthetically superior LED lighting.

Long-time industry veteran, Ken Honeycutt, has assumed the role of Senior Vice President Toshiba International Corporation and Chief Venture Executive for Toshiba LED Lighting Systems Division. Well known as a top leader in the field, Honeycutt’s wealth of experience in the lighting industry includes many important leadership roles with a variety of lighting manufacturers. The majority of Honeycutt’s career was spent with Acuity Brands Lighting, where he rose to the position of Chief Executive Officer and President.

“TIC has assembled a team of the best and brightest lighting specialists with the knowledge, experience, and expertise to successfully introduce Toshiba LED lighting to the US market,” Honeycutt said. “Toshiba Corporation is a $2B lighting company that features a combination of assets that no other company can match: 120 years of lighting experience, proven expertise in semiconductors, and digital devices and global scale in high-brightness LED technology. That’s why I’m confident that we are positioned for success as the US LED lighting market moves to the next level. I am honored and excited to be a part of this elite team.”

Rounding out TIC’s LED Lighting Systems Division senior management team are:

• Mark Altomare, Vice President of Business Development – Altomare is leading Toshiba’s business development efforts by assembling a team of seasoned lighting experts with experience at some of the best lighting companies in America. Prior to joining Toshiba, Altomare served as the Regional Vice President of Sales at Hubbell Lighting, a leader in lighting technology and customer service. He also served as Divisional Vice President at Hagemeyer North America, where he had P&L responsibility over four divisions in electrical, electronic, and Voice-Data-Video products. Altomare began his career in sales and operations management at Pacific Bell.

• Peter DallePezze, Vice President of Marketing and Product Development – DallePezze is leading the marketing and product development efforts for Toshiba’s high quality services and products, including LED lamps, fixtures, and modules. DallePezze has extensive experience in the lighting industry, including many positions within Holophane Corporation. In addition to his time in the lighting industry, DallePezze brings extensive experience with start-up businesses at Whirlpool and MastCheck.

• Keisuke Ono, Technology Executive Officer – Ono joins TIC’s LED Lighting Systems Division, bringing more than 20 years of experience as a leading lighting engineer and senior engineering manager with the company. Ono, who has a wealth of experience and knowledge in state-of-the-art LED lighting, is overseeing all technological development in the US.

• Jim McKenzie, acting Director of Operations – McKenzie is leading the organization’s supply chain and customer service activities. McKenzie has significant experience with supply chain management, logistics, and LEAN manufacturing, having served as Vice President of Supply Chain for many companies including Lighting Science Group, Acuity Brands Specialty Products, and Bristol-Meyers Squibb. He also spent several years providing value chain consulting services to clients including Kellogg, Triple Crown Services, and Solutia.

“In March 2010, Toshiba Corporation made a bold statement by becoming the first major lighting manufacturer to discontinue its production of incandescent bulbs, and we have never looked back,” Honeycutt said. “At TIC, we are proudly committed to LED technology as the lighting of the future.”

About Toshiba International Corporation
Toshiba International Corporation (TIC) is a Toshiba America Inc. (TAI) Group Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Toshiba Corporation. TIC is headquartered in Houston, Texas, and employs approximately 1,100 people. TIC provides application solutions to a wide range of industries including lighting systems, industrial, power systems, and transmission and distribution systems. For more information about TIC, please visit

About Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division
Toshiba International Corporation’s LED Lighting Systems Division provides the North American market with a variety of high‐efficiency LED products. Drawing upon Toshiba’s 120‐year heritage of lighting innovations in Japan and world‐class electronic and semi-conductor technologies, the LED Lighting Systems Division is emerging as a leader in solid-state lighting. The LED Lighting Systems Division is committed to providing lighting solutions that enhance the quality of life and meet the diverse needs of its customers. Further information is also available online at

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