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Lee takes on research, development duties at SEL

Tony Lee
Tony Lee

The top management at Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has been reshuffled for the fourth time in a little more than one year.

Tony Lee, who had been SEL’s chief manufacturing officer, is now chief research and development officer, according to a news release from SEL. The company employs about 3,000 people in Pullman and Lewiston, where it manufactures high-tech equipment for the power industry that prevents and shortens the length of power outages.

In the new assignment, Lee will work closely with the company’s founder, president and chief technology officer, Edmund O. Schweitzer III, to develop new technologies, products and services for customers.

They will “continue to foster the culture of creativity and innovation,” according to the news release. “Lee will oversee the company’s new product development processes from conception to adoption.”

Leith Sorenson, who was named to the newly created position of vice president of manufacturing last month, will take over Lee’s responsibilities leading SEL’s manufacturing operations.

Sorenson joined a seasoned group of six SEL executives who lead the company. He now answers to Chief Operating Officer David Whitehead.

Whitehead also oversees David Costello, chief sales officer; Bob Morris, chief engineering services officer; and Joey Nestegard, chief finance officer.

Luis D’Acosta served as CEO for about three years, until the company changed its leadership structure in June 2017. The company didn’t fill the CEO position. Instead it named Whitehead as COO and Lee as chief manufacturing officer.

It also appointed Morris and Nestegard to the jobs they have now. D’Acosta served as chief sales officer from June until October before taking employment at a different company. He was replaced by Costello.


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