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SEL names new Chief Research & Development Officer

PULLMAN, Washington — Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories has named Tony Lee the Chief Research and Development Officer.

Lee, who joined SEL in 1991, has had a hand in inventing and designing many of the products the company sells today. He has served in many key roles within the R&D division, including Director of Power Systems. Lee also led the Quality division as vice president before taking on his most recent role as Chief Manufacturing Officer in 2017.

“Tony possesses a wealth of knowledge about product design, new technology, our principles of operation, the industry and the challenges our customers face. Combined with his experience for leading project teams and developing employee talent, it will be exciting to see all that he will accomplish,” said Dave Whitehead, who served as VP of R&D from 2006-2017 and has continued to lead the group since assuming the role of chief operating officer in 2017.

As chief R&D officer, Lee will oversee the company’s new product development processes from conception to adoption. He will work closely with Dr. Edmund O. Schweitzer, III, president and chief technology officer, to develop new technologies, products and services for customers around the world, and will continue to foster the culture of creativity and innovation within SEL Research & Development.

“While I am sad to leave Manufacturing, I’m very confident that I’m leaving the team in excellent hands,” said Lee. “At the same time, I am excited to return to product development. We’ve got many new technologies in development that will fundamentally change the industry.”

Leith Sorenson, who was named vice president of Manufacturing in June 2018, will assume leadership of SEL’s manufacturing operations and will continue to work closely with Lee in this new role. Sorenson began his career at SEL as an assembler in 2000. He has served in a variety of roles over the years, including senior quality systems analyst, operation manager and senior manufacturing director.

About Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories
SEL invents, designs, and builds digital products and systems that protect power grids around the world. This technology prevents blackouts and enables customers to improve power system reliability, safety and cost. SEL, a 100 percent employee-owned company that is headquartered in Pullman, Washington, has manufactured products in the United States since 1984 and now serves customers in 162 countries. SEL provides unmatched technical support, customer service and a 10-year worldwide warranty.