Southwire Announces Retirement of Coleman Cable's John Pappas

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Pappas spent 30 years with the company.

Southwire has announced that John Pappas, Coleman Cable’s Senior Vice President—Corporate Marketing, is retiring from the company after a 30-year career.

Pappas joined Coleman Cable as National Sales Manager in 1984 and has served the company in a variety of senior leadership positions throughout the years. While overseeing Coleman Cable’s corporate marketing initiatives, Pappas also has successfully led its Electrical Distribution, OEM and U.S. Retail businesses for substantial periods during his career.

“John has been an important member of the Coleman Cable team for 30 years,” said Kurt Hennelly, Executive Vice President, Distribution & Sourcing of Southwire. “We appreciate his contributions and wish him a long and enjoyable retirement.”

Pappas and his wife Judy, married in 1980, were expecting their first child when he joined Coleman Cable. The couple has three children: Katie (29), Chris (27), and Andrew (24). Since 1992, John has been an Adjunct Professor at Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he received the Distinguished Faculty Award in 2000, 2008 and 2014. He serves as an officer on the school’s board of directors and leads the marketing faculty in his role as bench facilitator.

Even though Coleman became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Southwire in February after a successful tender offer, it continues to have significant operations in Waukegan, Ill. Coleman is a leading manufacturer and innovator of electrical and electronic wire and cable products for residential and commercial construction, industrial, OEM, and consumer applications, with operations in the United States, Honduras, and Canada. Pappas has been assisting with the transition and integration between the organizations since the completion of the tender offer.

About Southwire Company, LLC
A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America’s largest wire and cable producers. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture building wire and cable (including ROMEX® brand NMB cable, SIMpull THHN® cable, and SIMpull Solutions®, products and services), metal-clad (MC) cable (including MCAP and HCF MCAP brand circuit size cables), portable and electronic cord products (including SIGNAL®, sound, security, communication cables; Royal® rubber cords; and Seoprene® TPE cord products), and industrial power cable. Southwire also provides OEM wire products (including Copperfield® brand and EZ-In™ Mini-Split cable products), engineered products (including SCR® copper and aluminum rod continuous casting technology, and products made by Technology Research, LLC and Watteredge, LLC, both subsidiaries of Southwire Company, LLC), and utility cable products (including C7™ Overhead Conductor, SAG10® software, SIMpull® Cable-in-Conduit, and Proof Positive® Products). In addition, Southwire supplies assembled products, contractor equipment, and hand tools (including Designers Edge® lighting products, Polar Solar® cord sets, Maxis® contractor equipment, and products distributed by Woods Industries (Canada), Inc. and, LLC).

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