Ted Konnerth, PhD
CEO & President
Ted has over 35 years of electrical industry experience, including his experience since 1999 as an executive recruiter solely within this industry. Ted has written industry white papers on Onboarding and LED technology, plus a monthly newsletter that speaks to the talent impacts on industry changes. Ted is also a contributing author to Electrical Wholesaling, TED Magazine, and LEDs Magazine and is frequently cited in leading industry journals. Ted holds PhD and MS degrees in Psychology from Tulane University, as well as a BS in Psychology from Ohio State University. After academics Ted spent nearly 16 years with Cooper Industries, including 4.5 years as global VP, Sales for a $1B division. Ted’s industry ties extend throughout the electrical industry, regularly meeting with CEO’s from the industry global giants, to CEO’s of small startup companies. Ted is ranked within the top 3% of all recruiters nationally.
Ted recruits for all executive level positions. He works exclusively for Egret on all senior executive retained assignments, typically from VP level to CEO; including board membership. His industry experience includes directly managing multiple vertical markets ranging from commercial, industrial, retail, utility, international and specialty markets like Grainger, ESCO’s or high end residential developers. His industry insights have been applied as a sought-after speaker for emerging industry technologies, like LED lighting, DC power distribution, and alternative energy sources. Ted has spoken at Strategies in Light, Solid State Lighting Forum, IES Street and Light, IoT Emerge and was an invited speaker and trainer to the Fordyce Forum.
Ted manages his own national and international client base within electrical manufacturing and distribution and has worked with Fortune 100 corporations, small privately held manufacturers and equity-backed companies.
Ted has an active consulting business, regularly consulting with companies who are involved in emerging technologies who rely on Ted’s industry expertise to help them develop strategic marketing plans and the organizational structure to access specific vertical markets. Ted has consulted with global top 5 Electronics firms, a Brazilian manufacturer and several domestic manufacturers of LED equipment. Additionally, Ted has consulted with companies on mergers and acquisitions, concluding multiple transactions representing companies for acquisition.
Ted is the Executive Director of the International Retained Search Associates, a global corporation of over 25 retained search offices on three continents that offers clients the ability to source talent globally, with local presence. Ted is also a long-term member of Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES), a member of EMerge Alliance and a regular attendee of National Association of Electrical Distributors (AED), LightFair International, GlobalShop and regional industry events.
Ted’s typical assignments include: CEO, CFO, CMO, Sr. VP, Executive VP, VP and Director titles. Functionally, Ted typically works in all executive positions.