Vernon J. Nagel

Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer

Vernon Nagel has served as Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Acuity Brands since September 2004. He joined the Company as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in December 2001.Mr. Nagel 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. Mr. Reece held several positions while with Belden CDT, Inc. and was also formerly a partner with Ernst & Young LLP. He is a Certified Public Accountant and graduated with honors with a B.S. degree from Auburn University.

Mark A. Black

Executive Vice President
President, Acuity Brands Lighting, Inc.


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, Mr. Black was President of CPM, Inc. He has an Electronics Engineering degree and a Physics degree from Guilford College, Greensboro, NC. 

Laurent J. Vernerey

Executive Vice President
President of Acuity Technology Group


Laurent J. Vernerey joined the management team effective November 1, 2017. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he most recently served as President and CEO of Schneider Electric’s North American Operations where he led the organization in its Industrial Internet effort, which focused on the challenges of urbanization, digitization and industrialization. Over his 30-year career with Schneider Electric, Mr. Vernerey held numerous senior leadership positions in key businesses across information services, distribution, administration, sales, purchasing, customer service and manufacturing. He holds a B.S. degree with a double major in Finance and Marketing, from Ecole Superieure de Commerce in Dijon, France and an M.B.A. from Duke University.