Canlyte/Philips Exec Yaphe Named CEO of Axis
Axis Lighting has appointed Howard Yaphe as chief executive officer. Yaphe joins Axis Lighting owners Morris and Joseph Feldman to form the company’s new leadership team.
Yaphe is an experienced lighting industry executive with over 22 years of experience at Canlyte, now a division of Philips Lighting North America. He began his lighting career as general manager of the CFI Fluorescent operation, rising to senior vice president of manufacturing and product development for all of Canlyte. In past years Yaphe led the Philips North America research and development effort for LED luminaire technologies in office, industry, and healthcare segments.
“Howard brings to Axis Lighting a breadth of vision and organizational acumen that we need to continue the terrific growth we have enjoyed over the last several years,” observed Morris Feldman. “His experience in developing and delivering outstanding lighting products will help us reach our next level of success.”
“I look forward to accelerating the growth of Axis by building on their nimble and aggressive approach to business and creating new LED technologies and intellectual property capable of the service responsiveness, technical innovation, manufacturing flexibility and cost focus demanded by the fast-paced LED lighting marketplace,” commented Howard.
Howard Yaphe holds a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration from The University of Western Ontario. He is a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers; serves on the Canadian Smart Net-zero Energy Buildings strategic Research Network; and is fluent in French and English.