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Succession Plan Ensures Leviton Stays in the Family
September 27, 2007
The late Harold Leviton has appointed sons-in-law Donald J. Hendler as CEO and Stephen B. Sokolow as chairman of the Board of Directors of Leviton Manufacturing Company. The appointments were made through a succession plan to ensure the company would be run by family as it has since his father started the electrical manufacturer in 1906.   ; Hendler was named president in 2005, and Sokolow was named Vice Chairman the same year.   ; The Leviton family business will continue to grow as we embark on our second century in business," said Donald Hendler, president and CEO of Leviton. "I am proud to accept leadership responsibility on behalf of Harold and the Leviton family. We have a number of exciting initiatives planned for the coming months and both Steve and I look forward to the opportunity of implementing these and moving the Leviton Company forward in the same friendly, family atmosphere that has become so much a part of our heritage, philosophy and culture.   ; In a career spanning more than 37 years, Hendler has held key positions at Leviton. Before his appointment as President, he served as Executive Vice President, where he directed strategic planning, human resources and distribution initiatives, as well as sales, marketing and product development for Leviton North America and subsidiary, American Insulated Wire.
Sokolow began his career at Leviton in 1961, starting out as a summer intern and working his way up to facilities manager and numerous other positions before his appointment to Executive Vice President, where he directed the company's manufacturing, engineering, distribution and information technology operations.