With ongoing emphasis on providing futureproof lighting and energy controls, CP Electronics – part of Legrand UK & Ireland – has appointed Gilles Silva as its new Director of Product Development.
Having gained almost 20 years’ experience – 14 of which spent in Legrand Brazil’s R&D team – Gilles’ new role will see him take a lead on product innovation at CP Electronics. Focusing on energy efficiency, in line with Legrand’s latest CSR roadmap, Gilles will lead a team of 14 people in the UK, as well as closely working with R&D centres in France, the USA and China.
As part of his new role, Gilles will develop and deliver new products as well as analyse technology trends, maintaining CP Electronics’ reputation for driving the lighting and energy controls market forward. This includes ensuring CP Electronics’ market-leading lighting control products continue to push boundaries in energy efficiency.
Discussing his new position, Gilles said: “This is an exciting time to join the CP Electronics team. We have a clear plan to deliver products that help drive energy efficiency, all while developing them sustainably.
“Our goal is to develop solutions that make installers and other professionals’ lives easier without compromising on quality. By nurturing innovation and constant learning, we can make great strides towards accomplishing our mission.”
Part of the Legrand Group – which commits circa 5% of its sales to R&D – Gilles’ appointment is further evidence of CP Electronics’ ambition to bring the very best in connected lighting and energy controls. Earlier this year, the company confirmed the appointment of John Carruthers as Managing Director, who made R&D investment a key pledge upon his arrival.
John Carruthers said: “We are delighted to welcome Gilles to the UK & Ireland team. He comes equipped with exactly the experience and knowhow we need to drive future innovations with an enhanced focus on R&D. Gilles has earned himself an excellent reputation in Brazil and will undoubtedly continue his commendable work while building valued partnerships.”