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Lutron was founded in 1961 as a family owned and operated company, and remains so to this day. Our leadership team and board members are deeply committed to developing both innovative technology and talented people.

Executive Profiles

Susan’s Biography

Dr. Susan Hakkarainen is Chair of the Board and CEO of Lutron Electronics. She began her career at Lutron as an engineer before quickly moving into international assignments, and then more senior roles. She led and created growth trajectories for domestic and global business units, ran the product design group, and was promoted to CMO, where she led Lutron’s digital transformation, launching the company’s entry into social media, creating an electronic tools group, and establishing the company’s user experience unit.

Susan built Lutron’s consumer marketing function and developed the foundational work for launching Lutron’s International Business in Japan, China, and Southeast Asia. As Vice President of International Marketing, she developed business opportunities, channels, and markets worldwide.

As a graduate of Cornell University, Susan received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering. She also earned a PhD in Applied Plasma Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Susan is on the boards of the Wolfsonian-FIU Museum and Asia Society and on the Economic & Community Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. She is a trustee of the Eisenhower Fellowships.

Edward’s Biography

Ed Blair is President of Lutron Electronics. He oversees the company's global operations, with overall responsibility for achieving sales, profits, and balance sheet objectives.  He also serves on Lutron’s Board of Directors.

Ed’s 27-year career at Lutron started with assignments in engineering, human resources, sales, and marketing, experiences that led to senior leadership roles, including Vice President and General Manager of the Commercial Systems and Window Systems Business Units, Senior Vice President of the Residential Systems Business Unit, and Executive Vice-President. He holds more than 95 US patents in the areas of design, utility, and system development.

As President, Ed led the company to record profits in recent years and orchestrated Lutron’s 2018 acquisition of Texas-based Ketra, the leading manufacturer of human-centric lighting systems — the third company acquisition in Lutron’s history.

Ed received his BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from Lehigh University. He served on Lehigh University’s Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board and MBA Advisory Council, as well as the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation’s Gala in the Garden board. He currently serves on Lehigh University’s Dean’s Advisory Council and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Board of Directors.

Walter’s Biography

Walter Peake is an Executive Vice President at Lutron Electronics. He also serves as Lutron’s General Counsel, Treasurer, and Secretary.

In addition to running the Corporate Secretarial function for the Board, he is responsible for Lutron-support functions, including Law, Compliance, Government Relations, Standards, Internal Audit, Treasury, Tax, Sustainability, Security, Real Estate, Facilities, and Environmental, Health and Safety.

Throughout his career at Lutron, Walter has been recognized for his innate ability to build functions and develop talent. He is also known for his creative approach to complex problems.

Walter joined Lutron in 2003 as the company’s first business lawyer. His contributions to the company include building the Law, Audit, Tax, Treasury, Compliance, and Sustainability functions. He drives change management and implements structural change in many areas of the company.

Walter earned an AB degree in Economics from Duke University (1987) and his JD degree from the Duke University School of Law (1990). He is admitted to practice in Pennsylvania, New York, Massachusetts, and Delaware.

Thomas’s Biography

Tom Ike is an Executive Vice President at Lutron Electronics focused on developing and growing the company’s business in North America. He serves on Lutron’s Senior Executive Board.

Tom joined Lutron in 1994 and has held the positions of Vice President of North American Sales, General Manager of the Commercial Systems Business Unit, and Vice President of Global Sales. 

In 2014, he became the Owner and Chief Executive Officer of Chelsea Lighting. In 2020, Tom successfully led the sale of Chelsea Lighting and continued as CEO of the company until rejoining Lutron in 2022.  

With over 30 years of lighting and lighting control experience, he is a speaker and panelist at conferences and events focused on sustainable design and construction and a member of the National Association of Electrical Distributors and ELECTRI International. Tom is a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Building Museum, the Policy Advisory Board of the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, and the Lehigh Valley Economic Development Committee Board of Directors.

Tom earned a BA from Moravian University, where he serves on the Board of Trustees. A proud Greyhound, in 2012, he was inducted into the Moravian University Athletic Hall of Fame. Tom received post-graduate executive education at the Harvard Business School and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business.  

Susana’s Biography

Susana Josa is Senior Vice President —Human Resources at Lutron Electronics. Susana is responsible for leading, building, and developing Lutron’s global human resources function, as well as partnering with leaders throughout the organization to build our people capability for our future.

During her tenure, Susana has expanded the size and scope of the human resources department, led its digital transformation, and introduced enhanced tools and resources for Lutron global employees.

Prior to her current role, Susana led Lutron’s international sales and operations organization, where she focused on the launch of international products, and development of markets, and sales strategies in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. During this time, she also doubled Lutron’s business in China, helped create the European hospitality market, and developed a new shades business model.

Susana has a passion for personnel development and has taught in post-graduate programs at Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Mexico) and Temple University. She is the former chair of the Intelligent Lighting Systems (ILS) Working Group within Lighting Europe, Europe’s professional lighting association.

Susana earned her BS in engineering and energy technologies from Polytechnic University of Catalonia and an MBA from the University of Navarra’s IESE Business School.

Board Profiles

William’s Biography

Bill Carson is a distinguished board member of Lutron. He has expertise in the pharmaceutical industry, data and technology innovation, and is a board-certified psychiatrist. He played a key role in creating life-saving drugs and leading an R & D organization.

Bill has a wealth of leadership experience that he brings to Lutron's board. He is independent board member of Annexon Biosciences (NASDAQ: ANNX), and Excision Biotherapeutics. He was previously Board Chair of Decibel Therapeutics (NASDAQ: DBTX) board member of Prevail Therapeutics (NASDAQ: PRVL). He is board chair emeritus of the Sphinx Organization and board Chair of the Sozosei Foundation.

Before retiring, Bill was the President and CEO of Otsuka (OPDC). He co-founded Otsuka's offices in Princeton, NJ, to support the collaboration with Bristol-Myers Squibb. Under his guidance, Otsuka launched several innovative drugs, including the first digital medicine approved by the FDA, Abilify MyCite.

Bill graduated from Harvard College, earned his MD from Case Western Reserve University, and completed his psychiatry residency at Tufts/New England Medical Center.

W. Bradford’s Biography

W. Bradford Hu is Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for State Street Corporation, responsible for leading the risk management function globally. He is also a member of the Executive Committee.

Bradford has over 30 years of experience in financial services, having contributed his leadership skills to senior and executive management positions at State Street, Citigroup and Morgan Stanley.  

Bradford is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Global Association of Risk Professionals and serves on the Board of Trustees for The Asia Society and The Museum of American Finance. He is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for the MIT School of Science and the Advisory Board for the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.

Bradford earned SB and SM degrees in electrical engineering and computer science with a concentration in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and MBA with High Distinction from the Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Michael’s Biography

Michael W. Pessina is the former Co-Chief Executive Officer and President of Lutron Electronics. After retiring in 2020, he was named to the Lutron Board of Directors as an Independent Director in June 2020.

In his more than 40-year career with Lutron, Mike acquired broad experience in engineering, finance, quality assurance, and supply chain and manufacturing operations. Mike was appointed to Senior Vice President in 2000, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in 2002, and to President, Office of Product Development in 2009. He was then appointed to President in 2011 and later to Co-CEO in 2015.

Mike is a former member of the National Association of Manufacturers and past Chairman of the Board of Governors of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). In November of 2022, he was awarded the Bernard H. Falk Award from NEMA for outstanding lifetime achievement in the electroindustry.

Mike is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and is a named inventor of over 100 U.S. issued design and utility patents. Mike is also a member of S&C Electric Company’s Board of Directors and is on the Board of Trustees of the Good Shepherd Rehabilitation Network of Hospitals.  Mike has also previously served on the Board of Desales University.

Mike holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Lafayette College and an MBA from Lehigh University.

Lynn’s Biography

Lynn Utter is an Independent Director on the Lutron Board of Directors. She is also an Operating Partner for Atlas Holdings, LLC, and an Independent Director for two publicly traded companies, Lincoln National Corporation and Vista Outdoor, as well as the privately held company Sila. Lynn also moderates leadership seminars at The Aspen Institute and teaches in the Texas Executive Education program at the University of Texas.

Lynn served as the CEO of First Source LLC, the largest packager and distributor of candy and specialty foods in the US. Prior to First Source, she served as the Global President and Chief Operating Officer of Knoll Office. Her earlier experience includes roles at Coors Brewing Company, including Chief Strategy Officer, President of Coors Distributing Company, and Group VP over Coors’ container manufacturing joint ventures, six years in sales and distribution with PepsiCo/Frito-Lay, and four years with Strategic Planning Associates in Washington, DC.

Lynn has served on a myriad of not-for-profit boards, including the Board of Overseers for the Henry Crown Fellowship at The Aspen Institute, The University of Texas, United Way, and is Chair of the Board of Edesia Nutrition. She recently co-chaired the Stanford GSB’s Task Force on Women.

Lynn received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from The University of Texas’ Business Honors Program and an MBA from Stanford University.

Mark’s Biography

Mark Cox is a veteran Fortune 500 executive. He was Chief Manufacturing, Supply Chain, and Engineering Officer for Eastman, from which he retired following a 36-year career. Mark has extensive experience in global business leadership, with expertise in managing large profit and loss businesses, driving innovation, and overseeing operations. At Eastman, he led transformational initiatives by establishing the corporate leadership coaching program and championing enhanced advancement opportunities for minority team members. He holds US and international patents associated with process technology developed by Eastman.

An experienced board member, Mark serves on the Board of Directors of Lutron Electronics and J.M. Huber’s Engineered Materials business. He is a Trustee of Milligan University, a member of the Board of Advisors for the University of Tennessee’s College of Engineering, and a member of the Board of Advisors for Management Solutions. He is also a National Academy of Construction Inductee and an American Institute of Chemical Engineers Fellow.

Mark holds a BS degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee, an MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and is pursuing a doctoral degree in Business Administration at Pepperdine University.