Former LIA President to Retire
Alasdair McRury, the former Lighting Industry Association (LIA) President credited with setting the organisation on a new path following the phasing-out of incandescent lighting products in Europe, is stepping down as managing director of Holophane Europe.
McRury, who will continue to serve with the company as non-executive Chairman, was elected LIA President in 2013 during a challenging period for many of the world's largest manufacturers of traditional lighting products (including Philips, which subsequently spun-off its Lighting division) who were unprepared for the EU lighting directive and competition from LED and low-energy light bulb manufacturers based in Asia.
Supporting (then) LIA Chief Executive Officer, Steve Davies' vision of a members association that would be "equipped to meet the lighting industry's future needs", McRury oversaw an initiative which opened access to the association's Telford laboratory (the largest lighting testing facility of its kind in Europe), to member companies.
In 2016, McRury played a seminal part in the launch of the Lighting Industry Academy, an online learning hub that supports classroom and online training for lighting professionals, wholesalers and retailers.
Commenting on the news, incumbent LIA President, Terry Dean, said:
"I have known Alasdair for nearly 20 years as an industry colleague and in his roles as a Council Member and President. During this time, I have observed he has always demonstrated a very professional approach in dealing with his LIA Council colleagues.
"With great market awareness and knowledge, his contribution to the LIA over the years can only be described as 'significant'."