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Sonepar Appoints Gabriel as COO

Distributor announces other management structure changes.

France-based electrical distributor Sonepar has announced several changes to its general management structure, effective March 1, including the appointment of Dave Gabriel, former North America region president, as COO.

Gabriel will oversee operations in all countries except the U.S., France and the Central Europe Area, which will directly report to the future CEO.

The group will now be managed by the CEO, CFO and COO, who will take over the previous mission of the Sonepar executive committee and the regions.
Other appointments include: Patrick Salvadori, former Southern Europe Region President, will succeed Herbert Willmy as the head of Sonepar International Services. Jo Verbeek, former Northern Europe region president, will manage the Asia Pacific area. Eugene Wu will support Greater China project developments. And Luis Arconada, head of Sonepar Spain, will take over the Latin area (Italy, Mexico, Spain, Central America and South America).

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