Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) is a market-leading industrial technology company. We use technology to solve problems in spaces and light. Through our two business segments, Acuity Brands Lighting and Lighting Controls (“ABL”) and the Intelligent Spaces Group (“ISG”), we design, manufacture, and bring to market products and services that make a valuable difference in people’s lives.
We achieve growth through the development of innovative new products and services, including lighting, lighting controls, building management systems, and location-aware applications. Acuity Brands, Inc. achieves customer-focused efficiencies that allow the Company to increase market share and deliver superior returns. The Company looks to aggressively deploy capital to grow the business and to enter attractive new verticals.
Acuity Brands, Inc. is based in Atlanta, Georgia, with operations across North America, Europe, and Asia. The Company is powered by more than 13,000 dedicated and talented associates.
Market leading business that provides sustainable, inspiring, and intelligent lighting solutions.
Making spaces smarter, safer, and greener.
Value creation through effective capital allocation
Making a positive impact on sustainability through our products and services
Creating an environment where the best people come to do their best work
Demonstrated leadership driving consistent results through innovation and transformation
Neil M. Ashe has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Acuity Brands since February 2020. Prior to joining Acuity Brands, he served as Chief Executive Officer of Faster Horses LLC from February 2017 to December 2019; as President and Chief Executive Officer of Global eCommerce & Technology at Walmart, Inc. from January 2012 through January 2017, as President of CBS Interactive from July 2008 through July 2011; and as Chief Executive Officer of CNET Networks, Inc. from 2006 to 2008. He received a B.S. in Business Administration from Georgetown University and has an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School. Mr. Ashe serves on the National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) Board of Directors.
Karen Holcom, Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, has more than 30 years of financial experience. Karen’s been with Acuity Brands since its inception in 2001 and leads the company's financial strategy and investor relations. Karen works closely with the Board of Directors and the Chief Executive Officer to help the company achieve its bold growth ambitions. Her expertise and insight play a pivotal role in the realization of Acuity's vision, including guiding the company's capital allocation strategy to drive long-term value creation.
As part of her passion for DEI in the workplace, she serves as the Executive Sponsor of Acuity's Women's Network Employee Resource Group.
Before Acuity Brands, Karen served as Director, Planning and Analysis, National Service Industries, Inc. (NSI) (1998-2001).
She serves on the Board of Directors for the Atlanta Police Foundation and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
Karen is a Certified Public Accountant.
She earned a BS degree in Accounting from Clemson University and an MBA from Georgia State University.