Hearn new at helm of Cooper Notification

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Thursday, December 11, 2008

LONG BRANCH, N.J.--Scott Hearn said his goal as the new president of Cooper Notification is to make the company "the preferred global notification solutions provider, fostering a safer environment while innovating notification technologies."
Hearn assumed his new post in mid-November. He came from Cooper Lighting, where he was vice president of business development. Before that, he ran operations for a $4.5 billion unit of HVAC provider Trane. He began his career at GE, where he spent 15 years in a variety of roles. Hearn replaces Ken Camarco.
In the short term, Hearn said his highest priority is "to ensure that my transition is seamless for customers." To that end, he's spent the few weeks since his official start "in front of customers."
Cooper Notification, a division of Cooper Industries, comprises several businesses that manufacture and sell notification solutions for fire, security, hazardous areas, mass notification, voice evacuation, and industrial signaling applications.
Mass notification is a newer and growing market sector and Cooper is one of the companies that provides a multi-tiered solution, what Hearn calls a "broad, yet flexible mass notification solution."
Cooper's strengths in the market, he says, are its "innovation and customer focus." The company intends to grow its Mass Notification System channel partner program (On Dec. 4, it added ArCom Systems of Arkansas and announced it would launch a mass notification and demonstration tour in Arkansas in this month.) Cooper will focus on "key markets like military, higher education and government, where our expertise and experience can leverage into expanded solutions."
Asked if he envisioned a time when mass notification systems will be required by code in all commercial buildings, he said: "I can't predict the code, but the need [for mass notification systems] is apparent. ... If we continue to innovate and lead with technology, we'll continue to earn business with our customers and the end users who require our product."