Nora Lighting Announces Promotions and New Hire

COMMERCE, Calif. — Nora Lighting Executive Vice President Jilla Farzan has announced five staff promotions and the appointment of a new customer service representative at the company’s headquarters in Commerce, California.

Among the recent promotions are:

  • Briana Hernandez and Jason Valdivia to the customer service team;
  • Brianna Rohlfs as item maintenance manager;
  • Juan Rodriguez as production supervisor;
  • Ricardo Tlapanco Centeno as shipping and logistics supervisor.

Teresa Ruiz also joined the Nora customer service staff.

“Nora is delighted to announce these appointments,” said Farzan.

“In these challenging times, Nora Lighting has been very fortunate to have a loyal and dedicated staff overseeing our customer service center and our plant operations.

“They have worked hard for their new promotions and Nora will benefit from their experience,” she said.

“Customer service is the face of Nora to many clients and our team always provides courteous and friendly support. Nora’s invaluable operations staff oversees production, inventory and shipping, making sure all orders are fulfilled accurately and in a timely manner. We look forward to another successful year with our growing staff.”

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DURHAM, N.C. — Cree, Inc. announced that it will transfer the listing of its common stock to the New York Stock Exchange (“NYSE”) from The Nasdaq Global Select Market. Cree expects to commence trading as a NYSE-listed company at market open on October 4, 2021 under the new ticker symbol ‘WOLF’. The Company will continue to trade its common stock on the Nasdaq until the close of the market on October 1, 2021. As previously announced, the Company will also change its corporate name from Cree, Inc. to Wolfspeed, Inc. effective October 4, 2021.

“We are pleased to join the NYSE, one of the world’s most prestigious trading platforms, as we continue on our transformational journey as a pure play global semiconductor powerhouse leading the industry transition from silicon to Silicon Carbide,” said Gregg Lowe, Chief Executive Officer at Cree | Wolfspeed. “Importantly, our company name change to Wolfspeed capitalizes on our 30-year heritage of working with Silicon Carbide and underscores our ambitious plans to compete and win in the rapidly expanding marketplace, which we believe will continue to provide long-term value for our customers and shareholders.”

“We are excited to welcome Cree | Wolfspeed as it transfers its listing to the NYSE,” said John Tuttle, Vice Chairman and Chief Commercial Officer, NYSE Group. “We look forward to the company joining the NYSE’s community of icons and disruptors, and to supporting their efforts to lead the worldwide transition from silicon to Silicon Carbide.”

Cree will host an Investor Day on the morning of Wednesday, November 17, 2021 at the New York Stock Exchange in New York City. Cree | Wolfspeed CEO Gregg Lowe, CFO Neill Reynolds, and other members of the senior management team will discuss the Company’s progress on its transformation strategy and share more detail about its long-term outlook. In-person attendance is limited to the investment community and registration is required. Institutional investors and financial analysts interested in attending should contact Cree’s investor relations team via the following email: The event will be webcast live on the Investor Relations page of the Company website. Webcast details will be available on Cree’s website at A replay of the webcast and related presentation materials will be available on the website following the conclusion of the event.

Executive VP of Acuity Brands Lighting to Retire

ATLANTA—Today, Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) (“Acuity”) announced the upcoming retirement of Richard (Ricky) K. Reece, Executive Vice President of Acuity Brands and Vice Chairman, Acuity Brands Lighting. Reece will continue in his role until November 30, 2021.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, the leadership team, and our associates, we thank Ricky for his dedication and many contributions to Acuity,” said Neil Ashe, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). “We appreciate his leadership over the past 16 years and wish him the best in his next chapter.”

Prior to his current role, Reece served as the Company’s President from September 2019 to February 2021 and previously as Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for 14 years. During his tenure as CFO, Reece partnered closely with former Acuity Chairman and CEO, Vernon Nagel, evolving the Acuity portfolio to include smart lighting, controls, and electronics through numerous acquisitions including SensorSwitch™, eldoLED®, and ams OSRAM’s North American Digital Systems business and Acuity’s entry into the intelligent spaces market through the acquisition of Distech™.

“It has been an honor to be part of Acuity’s transformation and growth,” said Richard Reece. “I am privileged to have played a role in growing our business and working with the most incredible talent in the industry.”

On March 1, 2021, the Company announced that Trevor S. Palmer succeeded Reece as President of the Acuity Brands lighting and lighting controls business.