August 18, 2008 10:00 ET

APC Appoints Robert McKernan President, North America

APC's New Senior Vice President and President, North America to Focus on Customers and Partners

WEST KINGSTON, RI--(Marketwire - August 18, 2008) - APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in integrated critical power and cooling services, today announced the appointment of Robert McKernan to Senior Vice President and President, North America. In this new position, McKernan is responsible for ensuring the North America region remains focused on customers and partners by developing customer-oriented processes, driving the delivery of innovative, energy efficient solutions in the data center, and developing successful relationships as part of Schneider Electric. McKernan previously held the position of Vice President, North American Channels for APC.

"Rob has done a tremendous job driving profitable growth, expanding APC's market share and improving the effectiveness and efficiency of the North America region," said Laurent Vernerey, APC's president and chief executive officer. "In this new role, we will look to Rob to execute a distinct strategy in North America, while fully leveraging our opportunity as part of Schneider Electric."

McKernan has more than 15 years of sales and marketing experience in channel and end user sales. McKernan first joined APC in 1994 serving in various inside sales, outside sales, and management positions within the sales organization. He left APC in 2002, to become Vice President of Sales for Philips Business Solutions. McKernan rejoined APC in July of 2006. Prior to his current role as President, North America he held the position of Vice President, North American Channels for APC responsible for the development of go-to-market strategy, sales, and marketing to APC's 10,000 partners.

McKernan holds a bachelor's degree in Systems Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

About APC

APC by Schneider Electric, a global leader in critical power and cooling services, provides industry leading product, software and systems for home, office, data center and factory floor applications. Backed by the strength, experience, and wide network of Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services, APC delivers well planned, flawlessly installed and maintained solutions throughout their lifecycle. Through its unparalleled commitment to innovation, APC delivers pioneering, energy efficient solutions for critical technology and industrial applications. In 2007, Schneider Electric acquired APC and combined it with MGE UPS Systems to form Schneider Electric's Critical Power & Cooling Services Business Unit, which recorded 2007 revenue of $3.5 billion (EUR 2.4 billion) and employed 12,000 people worldwide. APC solutions include uninterruptible power supplies (UPS), precision cooling units, racks, physical security and design and management software, including APC's InfraStruXure® architecture the industry's most comprehensive integrated power, cooling, and management solution. Schneider Electric, with 120,000 employees and operations in 102 countries, had 2007 annual sales of $25 billion (EUR 17.3 billion). For more information on APC, please visit All trademarks are the property of their owners.

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