Nortek Security & Control Appoints New CEO and CTO

As CEO, Christopher Larocca will lead Nortek’s business units addressing intelligent home and commercial automation environments.

CARLSBAD, Calif. — Nortek Security & Control (NSC) announces Christopher Larocca has joined the organization as CEO and Darren Learmonth as CTO.

Larocca and Learmonth bring a demonstrated track record of outstanding business and technology leadership to their new executive positions, according to the announcement.

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. His proven executive leadership and expertise of instilling organizational excellence will help propel the company as it positions itself for future growth, the announcement states.

“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,” says Larocca. “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.”

Prior to joining NSC, Larocca served as CEO of Luminance Brands, a consortium of seven leading 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 Corp., General Electric and EMCORE Corp.

Larocca’s appointment follows the departure of former NSC President Mike O’Neal, who left the company in May after eight years in the role. At the time NSC provided no reason for the departure and did not name a replacement, but a spokesperson said a search was underway for a new leader.

In his role as CTO, Learmonth will be responsible for all engineering and product line management departments. With more than 25 years of experience in defining and quickly bringing new products to market, Learmonth will take a leadership role in executing the company’s IoT, solutions-based strategies, including multiple product launches slated for this year, the announcement states.

“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,” Learmonth says.

He continues, “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.”

Prior to joining NSC, Learmonth was a CTO at Assa Abloy, a leading global supplier of security solutions. In addition, he has held other CTO and senior vice president positions at HID Global and Thales E-Security.

Larocca and Learmonth are both based at the company’s headquarters, located here.

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