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CEO and Chair (retired), Thomas & Betts Corporation
Dominic Pileggi is former chair and chief executive officer of Thomas & Betts Corporation, positions he held from January 2006 and 2004, respectively, until May 2012, when ABB, Ltd. acquired the company. After the acquisition, Pileggi was named chair and director of the board of Thomas & Betts Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of ABB, Ltd., from May 2012 to May 2013.
He spent more than 28 years with Thomas & Betts. He began at the company in 1979 as a sales representative in the electronics division. His career progressed steadily through a variety of management positions. In 1988, he was named president of the company's electronics business, where he earned a reputation for strengthening the company's leadership across all markets and successfully growing sales and earnings. In 1994, Pileggi was promoted to president of the electrical products group.
Pileggi left Thomas & Betts from 1995 to 2000 to hold senior executive positions at Casco Plastic, Inc., Jordan Telecommunications, and Viasystems Group.
When he returned to Thomas & Betts, Pileggi served as president of the company's electrical products business in the United States, Europe, Asia, and Mexico. In this role, he was instrumental in implementing the company's turnaround and restoring its reputation as a leader in the industry. Following that, he served as the company's president and chief operating officer responsible for the strategic and operational leadership of the company's three business segments: electrical, HVAC, and steel structures.
He currently serves on the board of Acuity Brands, Inc. and is lead director of Omni Cable, an ESOP company. Acuity Brands is the North American market leader and one of the world's largest providers of LED lighting, lighting controls and lighting solutions. Omni Cable is a master distributor of specialty wire and cable. Previously, Pileggi served as lead director for the Lubrizol Corporation, a global provider of specialty chemicals and materials, prior to its acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway. He also served on the boards of the Exide Corporation, one of the world's largest recyclers and manufacturer of lead acid batteries, and Viasystems, a global leader in the manufacturing of printed circuit boards and electronic services.
He served on the board of directors for the Memphis Development Foundation and Orpheum Theater from 2004 to 2011. Pileggi also served on the foundation board of Le Bonheur Children's Hospital from 2004 to 2011.