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Acuity Brands Leadership Team

Vernon J. Nagel
Chairman 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
President

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.

Karen J. Holcom
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Karen J. Holcom has been with the company since 1998 and has held various positions during her tenure, including controller and interim CFO. Ms. Holcom most recently served as Senior Vice President leading the areas of Finance and Associate Engagement. She is a Certified Public Accountant with a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Clemson University and a master’s degree from Georgia State University’s Executive M.B.A. program.