Power Distribution, Inc. Names Keith Schmid as CEO

Power Distribution, Inc. (PDI), the largest independent designer, manufacturer and servicer of a full spectrum of mission-critical power distribution, power monitoring and static switching equipment, is pleased to announce Keith Schmid as Chief Executive Officer. Schmid replaces Rich Combs who will serve as PDI Executive Chairman.

Schmid comes to PDI from Exide Technologies where he was General Manager of Exide Industrial Energy - Americas. At Exide, Schmid successfully built and managed the company's most profitable P&L, representing a best-in-class business in the industry. As part of his role, Schmid was deeply involved in acquisition integration activities as well as the development and rollout of a global brand strategy focused on power solutions. Prior to Exide Technologies, Schmid was at GNB Technologies, Philips Consumer Communications, AT&T/Lucent Power Systems and AT&T Bell Laboratories.

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