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Former Home Depot exec joins lighting company

TCP, the Aurora, Ohio-based manufacturer of energy-efficient lighting products, has announced that industry veteran Jorge Fernandez will be joining the company in the position of senior VP business development. Fernandez comes to TCP from Home Depot, where he led the company’s energy-efficient lighting category.

“Jorge will immediately assume the critical role leading our LED product strategy and also manage our emerging markets development, focused on our rapid expansion in Latin America," said Ellis Yan, CEO of TCP.  "Jorge brings a tremendous wealth of knowledge and expertise, particularly in the LED lighting segment, and he is recognized as one of the industry's leading experts on energy-efficient lighting."

Fernandez came to Home Depot in 2003 as a part of its management development program, where he was an associate in the Internal Audit Leadership Program. He rose through several positions of increasing responsibility in merchandising, eventually assuming his most recent position as senior merchant of LED product development.

While at Home Depot, Fernandez led the retailer’s entry into the energy-efficient and LED lighting category. Prior to that, he worked for AT&T (formerly BellSouth Telecommunications) as an engineering project manager in its networks division.