Kichler Lighting LLC has announced a change in top leadership. Irene Tasi, President of Kichler, has made the decision to leave the company to pursue another opportunity. Vijay Shankar, Kichler’s Executive Vice President-Sales, will assume the President’s position, effective Nov. 29.
Tasi led Kichler for the past three years of her 20+ year tenure with parent company Masco. She played an instrumental role in positioning the lighting company for its next chapter of sustainable growth. Shankar, who joined Kichler in 2019 from a senior sales leadership role at ShurTech Brands (now Shurtape Technologies, LLC), will continue to drive this evolution in his new role.
“I want to thank Irene for her outstanding leadership of Kichler Lighting and the tremendous impact she has had on the company and our people. I am looking forward to sustaining the growth trajectory she has put into place,” Shankar said. “It’s an exciting time for Kichler as we introduce a new way to work and continue to deliver innovative lighting designs and solutions to our customers.”
During his time at Kichler, Shankar has focused on profit and loss responsibility across all of the company’s distribution channels, addressing such challenges as mitigating tariff impacts, creating focused customer strategies and streamlining customer data and analytics. Prior to Kichler, Shankar served as Senior Vice President of Sales at ShurTech, where he pioneered the company’s e-commerce strategy, expanded category management and customer supply chain collaboration and drove customer strategies across multiple distribution channels.
Shankar has an MBA from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in accounting from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.