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Melissa O’Mara is vice president of new strategic market focus to help customers develop energy-efficient, sustainable buildings

Rueil-Malmaison, France – Nov. 17, 2010 – Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management, today announced the creation of a team dedicated to the Green Buildings segment. This organization is focused on holistic solutions that address customer needs for high performance green buildings, including building retrofits and construction of new buildings. Appointed to lead the newly formed segment is Melissa O’Mara, vice president, Green Buildings Solutions, within the global Buildings Business. In this role, O’Mara will be responsible for bringing Schneider Electric’s full portfolio of energy and security solutions together to address environmental and economic challenges through smarter, innovative solutions and cross-enterprise collaboration in global markets.

“Schneider Electric is committed to driving initiatives that support organizations in creating more efficient, sustainable, green buildings,” said Wayne Lambert, senior vice president, Customer Solutions, Schneider Electric Buildings Business. “By leveraging our complete solutions suite, we are better equipped to help our customers address the multiple areas of opportunity for energy savings. With the formation of the Green Buildings segment under the leadership of Melissa O’Mara, we are able to help our customers achieve true business performance through energy efficiency, security and convergence.”

O’Mara brings close to 25 years of experience in sustainability, strategy and innovation from companies including Andersen Consulting and IBM, where she most recently drove their Green Sigma™ Coalition. The Green Sigma Coalition is a partnership between nine companies, including Schneider Electric, and was formed in an effort to accelerate enterprise sustainability through projects aimed to significantly reduce energy consumption, water use, waste and GHG emissions.

Control Solutions, Inc “The rising price of energy combined with growing environmental concerns and aggressive regulation in many parts of the world means that energy efficiency can no longer be optional or an afterthought,” said O’Mara. “Businesses that own or operate any type of building must invest in more efficient technologies that reduce financial, regulatory and environmental risks. Schneider Electric has a long history of expertise in energy management services and solutions that can help organizations reduce their energy costs by up to 30 percent and free up valuable capital dollars for other vital projects.”

Schneider Electric's comprehensive EcoStruxure energy management architecture connects five domains of business expertise – power, data centers, process and machines, building control, and security – within an open and flexible technology architecture that delivers up to 30 percent savings in energy efficiency.

Schneider Electric’s Green Buildings segment will help companies and organizations around the world optimize their power consumption and energy performance to meet their sustainability targets, and/or achieve regulatory commitments to reduce energy use and GHG emissions.

O’Mara states: “Integrating technology is just the first step in addressing aggressive GHG and sustainability targets, and Schneider Electric is committed to assisting companies around the world achieve greater efficiency to mitigate climate change. Part of that challenge is to address people and process innovation as well as technology innovation, and I am excited to tackle these global challenges in this new role at Schneider Electric.”

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