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LEDVANCE Announces Management Change for the US and Canada
January 22, 2019
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LEDVANCE, the maker of SYLVANIA general lighting in the United States and Canada, announced that global CEO Lawrence Lin will assume managing director responsibilities for the United States and Canada on an interim basis, in addition to his current responsibilities.  Jim Johnson, who previously held the position, left the company earlier this month.

“LEDVANCE continues to evolve to deliver innovative lighting products, ensure the best customer satisfaction, and set the stage for future success.  I’m looking forward to working even more closely with the team in the United States and Canada to continue to prove to our customers that LEDVANCE is the right partner for their needs,” said Lin.  “Jim Johnson has made a valuable contribution in moving us forward and for that I am very thankful.  I wish him all the best for the future.”

“I am grateful and appreciative of the support that has been provided to me over the past year by the team,” said Johnson, “and I consider it a privilege to have had the opportunity to work with such a great team.”

“SYLVANIA general lighting products have illuminated homes and businesses in North America for over a hundred years, and the future is very exciting for the lighting industry.  As a global lighting leader, we will continue to advance light and push its capabilities to improve our quality of life,” said Lin. 

One area where LEDVANCE is advancing light is in the area of smart lighting.  Recently, the company expanding its portfolio of easy-to-use SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth lighting to benefit Android users in the US.  Launched early 2017, the HomeKit™ enabled SYLVANIA SMART+ Full Color A19 LED light bulb was the first to be easily controlled via Siri® and the Apple® Home app without a separate hub.  Now, with an Android device in the home in range, new SYLVANIA SMART+ Bluetooth LED lighting products work with the Google Assistant™ or Amazon Alexa via the new SYLVANIA Smart Home app on Google Play, providing hands free lighting control for Android users without requiring any additional hardware. 

In addition, the company is growing its popular line of consumer and professional LED luminaires and its wide portfolio of trusted LED general lighting products.  These new innovations will be unveiled for the marketplace at the LIGHTFAIR trade show in May.

Media Contact:

Glen Gracia

Corporate Media Relations

Mobile:  978-395-7902




With offices in more than 50 countries and business activities in more than 140 countries, LEDVANCE is one of the world's leading general lighting providers for professional users and end consumers.  In North America, LEDVANCE LLC offers a wide range of SYLVANIA LED luminaires for various applications, intelligent lighting products for Smart Homes and Buildings, one of the largest LED lamps portfolios in the industry, and traditional light sources. In fiscal year 2017, LEDVANCE achieved a turnover of around 1.9 billion Euro. The SYLVANIA brand leadership is a result of over 100 years of lighting experience and paves the way for future success.  Further information can be found at




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