Montreal, Que.—As part of its expansion plans into the Canadian market, the Harting Group has named Jon DeSouza president and CEO of Harting Canada Inc.
DeSouza, who will retain existing responsibilities as executive vice-president of sales for Harting Inc. of North America, says the company’s intention is to build a local sales and support structure to support the Canadian market.
Harting’s American operations enjoyed the company’s largest revenue growth in 2012, jumping 13.6% to more than $65 million in sales. DeSouza says the company’s expansion into Canada, which is just more than a year old, contributed significantly to that growth.
“Our North America strategy is focused on proximity to our customers and distributor base where both the US and Canada play very important, but distinguished roles” said DeSouza at a press conference in Toronto.
Harting Canada is headquartered in Montreal, but the company is expected to establish a sales and support team on the ground in Ontario in the near future.
“Harting Canada has exceeded expectations and the future looks very promising,” says DeSouza. “Our financial performance beat plan, and we acquired significant knowledge about the Canadian market. There is great value in being present in the market, meeting customers face to face, learning about their needs and market demands.”
The Harting Technology Group, family owned and based in Germany, employs approximately 3,500 people globally across more than 40 subsidiaries and branch offices. With production facilities in Europe, Asia and the US, the company produces connectors for industrial, telecom and energy applications.