Nortek Security & Control appoints new CEO and CTO

Nortek Security & Control (NSC) has announced that Christopher Larocca has joined the company as the new chief executive officer (CEO) and Darren Learmonth has been appointed as chief technology officer (CTO).

Leading 700 employees across its security, control, access and digital health business units, Larocca will address intelligent home and commercial automation environments, propelling the company as it positions itself for future growth.

He will be responsible with ensuring the company’s portfolio strategy and family of brands remain disruptive. 

“I am honoured and excited to assume the CEO position at Nortek Security & Control,” said Larocca. “It’s inspiring to join a company whose products have already made millions of consumers more secure and a leader in creating connected environments for a more personalised and intelligent experience.”

He continued: “From this strong foundation, I look forward to working with the exceptional professionals at NSC to implement strategies focused on strengthening our brand equity, delivering innovative solutions to the market and bolstering customer relationships.”

Previously, Larocca was the CEO of Luminance Brands, a consortium of seven divisions that developed and manufactured lighting products, energy controls, connected home and smart lighting solutions. He has also held CEO and executive management positions at Dover Corporation, General Electric and EMCORE Corporation.

As well as the new CEO appointment, NSC has also announced Learmonth joining the company as its new CTO, responsible for all engineering and product line management departments. 

With more than 25 years’ experience in defining and quickly bringing new product to market, Learmonth will take a leadership role in efficiently executing the company’s IoT, solutions-based strategies, including a list of innovative product launches scheduled for this year.

“I am thrilled to join NSC at this powerful time in the company’s history,” explained Learmonth. “We are on the cusp of product and feature breakthroughs where I will lead and help expedite our product development in order to keep pace with the rapidly evolving markets we serve.

“My primary objective is to work with NSC’s knowledge engineering and R&D staff to maintain the company’s position as an innovator and industry leader while delivering advanced and differentiated products that help us meet our global growth targets,” he concluded. 

Prior to joining NSC, Learmonth was CTO at Assa Abloy, a global supplier of security solutions. He has also held other CTO and senior vice president positions at HID Global and Thales E-Security. 

Both new appointments are based at the company’s Carlsbad, CA headquarters where Learmonth reports directly to Larocca.

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