SLV Lighting Group creates a new position for more diversity: Catherine Connolly is Head of Diversity

22. March 2022

The lighting holding takes a holistic approach to diversity and inclusion among its employees. A new position has been created in the globally operating group of companies: Catherine Connolly will further promote the diversity of the workforce at the Lighting Group as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, with immediate effect.

Diverse, multi-faceted teams are the foundation of the company’s success and is the reason diversity and inclusion are firmly anchored in the corporate culture at SLV Lighting Group. In her new role as Head of Diversity & Inclusion, Catherine will be responsible for championing and promoting it at the group; “Diversity & Inclusion are fundamental to the successful functioning of an organization. By understanding and acknowledging the differences in our company, together we can help create an environment based on fairness, dignity, and respect. True to the motto: ‘A lot of different flowers make a bouquet,'”.

Catherine takes on the newly created position in addition to her role as CEO of ML Accessories/Knightsbridge and SLV Lighting UK.

Catherine brings extensive experience in management and people leadership: She studied economics and psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, worked in marketing at 3M and Textron, followed by marketing, sales, and general management roles at Honeywell. She served as general manager of Schneider Electric Residential Temperature Controls worldwide.

Responsible growth

 5 brands and 17 national companies belong to SLV Lighting Group GmbH, headquartered in Düsseldorf, Germany. Promoting diversity and inclusion within the workforce is part of the groups’ strategic orientation: as a leading international manufacturer of future-proof lighting solutions, the company aims to establish responsible growth in all business areas. This includes sustainable products, packaging, and logistics – the entire corporate group aims to be completely climate-neutral by 2035 – as well as a fair and appreciative work environment for all employees. The group of companies respects and promotes the uniqueness of every person, regardless of origin or gender. The SLV Lighting Group aims to create a work environment in which different perspectives, cultures and ways of thinking come together and are encouraged. The newly created Gender Guidelines will also contribute to create more awareness for diversity and inclusion reflected in a non-discriminatory and barrier-free language.


About the SLV Lighting Group

The SLV Lighting Group GmbH is a leading company in the lighting industry, with headquarters in Düsseldorf and around 670 employees in 17 national companies. The five brands Nordtronic, Novalux, Unex Lighting, Knightsbridge and SLV, each bring something unique to the group – from easy-to-install luminaires to high-quality, customized lighting solutions. The respective brands develop innovative and future-proof lighting solutions for indoor and outdoor use. The wide range of products covers the most diverse needs in the private and commercial sector.

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