TAC Americas Veteran Steps Aboard as Pelco COO

Pelco, which was acquired by Schneider Electric earlier this year, is seeing a change in leadership as Dean Meyer takes the helm as Chief Operating Officer (COO), a new position at the video surveillance technologies firm.

Meyer, who comes from TAC Americas will be reporting to David McDonald, CEO, despite speculation from the security analyst community that Meyer would be named head of Pelco.

Pelco reports to TAC, the integration and systems arm of French-firm Schneider Electric. The acquisition of Pelco this summer gave Schneider a strong footprint in the video surveillance market, and fit with the company's overall aim at providing complete facility and building systems, from the power to the mechanical controls, and now to the security data.

TAC (Tour Andover Controls), as it is currently known, was formed in 2004 when Schneider integrated the acquisitions it had made in the forms of Andover Controls (security and building management) and TAC (building automation). Meyer was head of the company's strong Americas division, growing the business by five fold according to a statement from the firm. Meyer's early history in the Schneider family was as a manager at CSI, which later became TAC Americas.

At TAC, he became product division vice president in 1993. Meyer will be based in Clovis, at Pelco's headquarters, and will be relocating from TAC Americas' Texas location.

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Pelco has reportedly put in place an internal weblog for employees to aid in sharing information about the acquisition by Schneider between HR and Pelco employees. The weblog is not publicly available.

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