French MNC Legrand Group appoints Lecuyer as India MD

INDIA, Mumbai, 16 January, 2006: Legrand Group, a Euro 2.09 billion world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and information networks in residential, commercial and industrial segments today announced the appointment of Mr Benoit Lecuyer as the Managing Director of its subsidiary Legrand (India). In his new role, Mr Lecuyer will be responsible for furthering Legrand's business growth, leading its expansion in the newer segments and ensuring top customer responsiveness in India.

Mr Lecuyer, a sales & marketing veteran at Legrand for 19 years, joins India operations after a successful stint at Legrand's South Korea operations for more than 5 years. He takes over from Mr Jean-Charles Thuard who recently got promoted and moved back to Legrand's headquarters in France to head the marketing of the Legrand Group's Wiring Accessories business.

Lecuyer has spent over 10 years leading Legrand's business in Singapore and South Korea. The experience and understanding of the emerging Asian market will enable Mr Lecuyer to chart out innovative sales & marketing strategies to build a distinctive market share for Legrand in India

"The boom in the manufacturing, commercial and residential sectors in India has resulted in the increase in demand for products & systems in electrical installations and information networks. Our objective is to capitalize on this growing demand and augment our market share," said Mr Benoit Lecuyer, newly appointed Managing Director of Legrand (India). "The end users are now demanding products and systems that are more comfortable, convenient, safer and secure. This is an opportunity for us to introduce them to the solutions that respond to the changing needs and conform to the modern living environments."

Mr Lecuyer joined Legrand (India) in August 2005. He is excited about the immense opportunities India presents and continues to be impressed by the Indian talent.

About Legrand (India)

Legrand (India) is a subsidiary of Euro 2.9 bn, Legrand Group, a world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and data networks. Headquartered in Mumbai, Legrand India has two ultra modern, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Maharashtra, India. Legrand (India) has a large network of over 450 stockists and a large number of retail outlets. With an employee base of over 700 in India, the company is fast emerging as a leader in its core business by extending products and services that suit every segment in the local market.

About Legrand Group

Legrand Group (Euro 2.9 bn) is a world specialist in products and systems for electrical installations and data networks in residential housing and office buildings and in the industry. The group offers comprehensive solutions including home automation and building automation systems, and in particular electricity and data distribution, controls and connections, safety systems for people and property, solutions for industrial buildings and processes. Legrand has worldwide market share of 18% in wiring accessories and 15% in cable management. Legrand group with 27000 employees worldwide has nearly 20 global or regional brands that are leaders on their market. The company has manufacturing units in 60 countries with sales offices in 160 countries.

For further information, please contact:

Anita Gulvadi

Legrand (India)

022 30416256


Jasmin Lakdawala

20:20 MEDIA

022 - 26601431


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