Nortek Appoints Christopher Larocca as New CEO, Darren Learmonth as New CTO
Nortek Security & Control announced that Christopher Larocca has joined the organization as chief executive officer and Darren Learmonth as chief technology officer.
“I am honored and excited to assume the CEO position at Nortek Security & Control,” Larocca said. “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 personalized and intelligent experience. 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.”
Larocca will lead the company’s 700 employees across its Security, Control, Access and Digital Health business units addressing intelligent home and commercial automation environments. Prior to joining NSC, Larocca was the CEO at 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.
Complementing the appointment of Larocca, Learmonth joins the NSC executive leadership team as its new CTO. He is responsible for all engineering and product line management departments. Capitalizing on more than 25 years of experience in defining and quickly bringing new products to market, Learmonth will take a leadership role in efficiently executing the company’s IoT, solutions-based strategies, including a list of product launches slated for this year.
“I am thrilled to join NSC at this powerful time in the company’s history,” Learmonth said. “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 knowledgeable 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.”
Before joining NSC, Learmonth was a CTO at ASSA ABLOY, a global supplier of security solutions. In addition, he has held other CTO and senior vice president positions at HID Global and Thales E-Security. Learmonth holds a degree in microelectronics and software engineering.
Larocca and Learmonth are both based at the company’s Carlsbad, Calif. headquarters where Learmonth reports directly to Larocca.