Fischer Connectors Group has announced the promotion and appointment of Alain Lafourcade as President of its U.S. subsidiary in charge of North American and Canadian operations based in Alpharetta, Georgia.
Lafourcade has been a driving force within Fischer Connectors for seven years, serving as CIO from the Group’s world headquarters in Saint-Prex, Switzerland. His wealth of knowledge in technology and organizational change management will allow Fischer Connectors to continue its strong North American growth, with a focus on moving the company’s portfolio from connectors to connectivity solutions and strengthening partnerships with customers and local institutions as they reimagine connectivity.
Lafourcade has an extensive track record in business transformation and growth, with more than 30 years of success in defining and implementing strategic plans. As CIO, he was a member of the Group’s Directorate and designed the IT strategy used to transform the company’s Saint-Prex facilities into a smart factory, investing in Industry 4.0 means of production, ERP, CRM and supply chain. He also spearheaded the group’s exploration and innovation program as one of three main sponsors.
Lafourcade’s in-depth knowledge and experience in the Group’s long-term business strategy and culture are just some of the executive assets on which he and his North American team of experts will rely to strengthen and develop the market outreach and impact of Fischer Connectors USA – the largest of the Fischer Connectors Group’s eight subsidiaries worldwide.
Fischer Connectors Group’s CEO Jonathan Brossard says that during the seven years spent as CIO of the Group, Lafourcade demonstrated a strategic vision and a deep business understanding, along with outstanding people and change management skills. “The North American market is instrumental for our Group, and I’m convinced that Mr. Lafourcade and his team of experts in Alpharetta will keep strengthening our partnerships with customers across all industries by providing responsive support and a wide range of turn-key connectivity solutions.”
Lafourcade says he is honored by the appointment. “I’m excited about taking on the challenges at Fischer Connectors USA, as we continue to grow our presence in the North American and Canadian connectivity market, strengthening our portfolio of assembled and integrated solutions. By focusing on excellence, collaboration, and respect, we expect to strengthen our bonds with our customers, and others who look to our leadership in providing innovative connectivity solutions.”
Prior to joining Fischer Connectors, Lafourcade worked for 24 years for Grundfos, a leader in pumping solutions with over 19,000 employees internationally, in different leadership positions, living and working in fourteen different countries, including a two-year stint in Fresno, California. At Grundfos, he managed complex transformational IS (Information System) and IT (Information Technology) projects to support the Group’s international growth and evolution.
He holds a Master in mathematics and computing from the University Aix Marseille in France. Lafourcade replaces Stephen J. Gosk, who leaves the company after nine years of progressive growth to pursue other opportunities.