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Kichler Lighting Announces Top Leadership Change

Contact: Monique Spearing, Kichler |

INDEPENDENCE, OHIO (Nov. 18, 2021) – Kichler Lighting LLC, a leader in innovative lighting and ceiling fans, today announced a change in top leadership. President Irene Tasi has made the decision to leave the company to pursue another opportunity. Vijay Shankar, Kichler’s Executive Vice President-Sales, will assume the president’s position effective Nov. 29.

Tasi led Kichler for the past three years of her 20+ year tenure with parent company Masco. She played an instrumental role in positioning the lighting company for its next chapter of sustainable growth. Shankar, who joined Kichler in 2019 from a senior sales leadership role at ShurTech Brands (now Shurtape Technologies, LLC), will continue to drive this evolution in his new role.

“I want to thank Irene for her outstanding leadership of Kichler Lighting and the tremendous impact she has had on the company and our people. I am looking forward to sustaining the growth trajectory she has put into place. . . . It’s an exciting time for Kichler as we introduce a new way to work and continue to deliver innovative lighting designs and solutions to our customers.”

Vijay Shankar

President, Kichler Lighting

During his time at Kichler, Shankar has focused on profit and loss responsibility across all of the company’s distribution channels, addressing such challenges as mitigating tariff impacts, creating focused customer strategies and streamlining customer data and analytics. Prior to Kichler, Shankar served as Senior Vice President of Sales at ShurTech, where he pioneered the company’s ecommerce strategy, expanded category management and customer supply chain collaboration and drove customer strategies across multiple distribution channels.

Shankar has an MBA from Pittsburg State University in Kansas and a Bachelor of Commerce with a concentration in accounting from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India.

Kichler Lighting LLC

Kichler Lighting LLC strives to transform the home and workspace by developing fixtures that perform efficiently, install intuitively and deliver an overall effect that combines style with purpose. With an extensive portfolio of more than 3,000 on-trend products – including lighting, landscape and ceiling fans – and a commitment to providing services and project solutions, Kichler® is the brand homeowners and professionals know and trust since 1938. Kichler Lighting products are available at independent showrooms, Lowe’s, electrical and landscape distributors and online. For more information, visit

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Masco Corporation

Headquartered in Livonia, Mich., Masco Corporation is a global leader in the design, manufacture and distribution of branded home improvement and building products. Our portfolio of industry-leading brands includes Behr® paint; Delta® and Hansgrohe® faucets, bath and shower fixtures; KraftMaid® and Merillat® cabinets; Milgard® windows and doors; Kichler® decorative and outdoor lighting; and HotSpring® spas. We leverage our powerful brands across product categories, sales channels and geographies to create value for our customers and shareholders. For more information about Masco Corporation, visit