Acuity Leadership Team
Vernon J. Nagel
Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer
Vernon Nagel is Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands. Additionally, Mr. Nagel is responsible for all of Acuity Brands Lighting's operations, which include Lithonia Lighting, Holophane, Peerless and other leading lighting brands. He was formerly a principal with Jepson Associates, Inc.; Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Kuhlman Corporation; and Vice President of Finance, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, and Secretary of Stericycle, Inc. He received a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan and is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).
Richard K. Reece
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Ricky Reece joined the management team effective December 1, 2005. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he served as Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer of Belden CDT, Inc., a publicly held wire and cable manufacturer of products for the electronic and communications industry. He held several positions while with Belden CDT, Inc. and was also formerly a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Reece is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors with a B.S. degree from Auburn University.
Mark A. Black
Executive Vice President
Mark Black joined the management team effective September 2006. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he served as an independent consultant for “Lean’ principles and implementation from September 2003 until August 2006. His background has been focused on the implementation of a lean strategy in varied organizations, and he has helped each to significantly improve its overall performance. Prior to becoming an independent consultant, he was President of CPM, Inc. Mr. Black has an Electronics Engineering degree and a Physics degree from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC.