ROSSLYN, Va., June 27,2005: The Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) today announced the retirement of Malcolm O’Hagan, the association’s president for the last fourteen years. The board also announced that Evan Gaddis, president of GAMA (Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association) and a retired Army major general, will succeed O’Hagan as president.
O’Hagan leaves a legacy that includes leading the association through its transition from a national standards development organization to a truly international body with influence in the world’s fastest developing economies and in the harmonization of standards, testing, and certification of electrical products in markets worldwide. Under O’Hagan, the association also became a well-known voice on public policy in Washington, D.C., and in the nation’s state capitals as well. In the meantime, the association’s statistical reporting shop grew into to a well-respected, full-service economics and market research arm.
Randy Carson, chairman of the NEMA board, said that "it is difficult to overestimate the contribution that Malcolm O’Hagan has made to our industry. He has led the organization through a difficult time. The globalization of commerce has been a stiff challenge for manufacturers, many of whom a few decades ago confined their business largely to domestic markets. While the need to compete on an international level became apparent to everyone, the way to navigate the international marketplace and to create a level playing field was not so obvious. Working with industry leaders, Malcolm helped steer the best possible course for the association. In the last few years alone, NEMA has opened offices in China, Mexico, and Brazil to accommodate manufacturers trying to do business in those markets." Carson, who is senior vice president and group executive at Eaton Corporation, also remarked that the association has been a key player in the development of national energy legislation during O’Hagan’s tenure. "NEMA has made a stunning contribution to the way U.S. energy policy has been crafted in the past decade and a half."
The board felt that Gaddis was a logical successor to O’Hagan, with proven management and leadership skills, said Carson. He ended a distinguished Army career as commander of U.S. Army recruiting, the chief executive officer of a $401 million organization with more than 12,000 employees with an annual objective of recruiting 122,000 new Army personnel. Within 20 months of his assuming that responsibility, Gaddis exceeded the Army’s recruiting target, the first time in seven years that had been accomplished.
At GAMA, Gaddis provided exemplary leadership to a national trade association representing over 200 manufacturers of residential, commercial and industrial heating appliances, equipment and components, as well as manufacturers of equipment and providers of services used in the production, transmission, and distribution of fuel gases. He helped introduce new divisions for power generation (fuel cells and microturbines), gas air conditioning, and gas detectors.
"Evan Gaddis is a perfect fit for NEMA," said Carson. "In addition to his obvious management skills and experience abroad, he is politically savvy and a fine team builder, qualities you would expect in a person with his background. He is no stranger to the inner circles of the policy-making apparatus in Washington and will represent NEMA like few others could. The board went through an exhaustive search process and, in the end, Evan was a consensus choice to lead the organization."
Gaddis is expected to begin work in his new position in mid-September. O’Hagan will be honored at NEMA’s 79th Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C., in November.
NEMA is the leading trade association in the United States representing the interests of electroindustry manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its 400 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end-use of electricity. Domestic shipments of electrical products within the NEMA scope exceed $100 billion.