Leadership

Corporate Executive Leadership

  • Brian Kim is the Chief Executive Officer of Superior Essex, a role he has held since May 2015. During his tenure, Kim has overseen the establishment of the Automotive Strategic Business Unit, establishment of Essex Malaysia, the formation of the High Voltage Winding Wire joint venture, launch of the MagForceX Innovation Center, and construction of a magnet wire facility in Serbia. Prior to his position with the company, Kim served as the President of LG Hausys America and the Principal of A.T. Kearny in Seoul, South Korea. Kim received his Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Statistics from Yonsei University and then earned an Executive MBA from the University of Michigan.

    Brian Kim

    Chief Executive Officer

  • David Gray is the Chief Financial Officer at Superior Essex, a position that he has held for the last two years. Gray had spent the last five years of his career with the company, being promoted from a Vice President of Finance for the Communication and Energy Cable Division to his current role overseeing the whole of a $2B global manufacturer. Prior to coming to Essex, he was a VP of Finance and IT at Cooper Bussman as well as an interim CFO for Digital Blue, where he helped reduce SG&A by 30% leading to a successful acquisition. He earned his degree in Accounting from Penn State, was certified as a CPA by the Maryland Board of Public Accountancy, and received his CMA from the Institute of Management Accountants.

    David Gray

    Chief Financial Officer

  • Anna Basista is the Vice President of Global Human Resources for Superior Essex. It is a role that she has held for nearly four years after also serving as the Vice President of Human Resources for both Essex Magnet Wire as well as Superior Essex over the preceding four. Her servant leadership style has allowed for a steady growth path within the company to now overseeing all human resource efforts. Prior to her role with Superior Essex, Basista spent nearly 15 years as a senior human resources director for several other companies. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Hawaii before achieving a Master’s Degree in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Elmhurst College. Basista is a member of SHRM with a SHRM-SCP certification as well as holding a Senior Professional in Human Resources Certification from HRCI.

    Anna Basista

    Vice President, Global Human Resources

Communications Division Leadership

  • Brad R. Johnson is the President of Superior Essex Communications, and he has diligently served the company in this capacity since 2016. Throughout his career, Brad has amassed 36 years of experience in the Communications industry, and he has been a member of the Superior Essex team, in various roles, for over two decades.

Brad emphasizes new product development, manufacturing efficiencies and product-line growth to further cultivate opportunities with current and future Superior Essex customers. His current business priorities include fostering Sustainable Intelligent Buildings and hybrid cabling solutions for advanced 5G networks. He is also focused on ways to collaborate – and accelerate – the market-leading sustainability platform that Superior Essex has built through mutually-beneficial relationships with both customers and suppliers.

    Brad R. Johnson

    President

  • Ken Braziel has been in the communications industry for 31 years, the past 9 years with Superior Essex, where he currently serves as its Vice President of Sales Enterprise — Americas. Ken joined Superior Essex in May of 2007 as Regional Sales Manager located in Mansfield, Texas. In January of 2010, Ken was promoted to Director of Sales - West, then Director of Sales - USA and eventually Vice President of Sales - USA. In January 2016, all Enterprise Sales for the Americas was added to Ken’s responsibilities. Prior to joining Superior Essex, Ken worked as a consultant, as well as in a variety of sales, sales management and structured cabling positions. Ken received his RCDD in June of 1993 and has conducted industry trainings around the country on industry trends, installation practices and sales strategies.

    Ken Braziel

    Vice President, Enterprise Sales

  • Will Bryan is Vice President of Broadband Sales for Superior Essex International LP with over 25 years of telecommunications industry experience in sales and marketing, product management and design engineering. Prior to Superior Essex, Will worked for Aurora Networks, Dasan Networks, Harmonic and Scientific Research Corporation. Will holds a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree from Auburn University.

    Will Bryan

    Vice President, Broadband Sales

  • Eric is a results-driven Business Management Executive with broad based expertise leading effective business strategy, operations performance, and cross-functional team leadership in support of quality initiatives at multi-million dollar organizations. He has worked in multiple positions at Superior Essex since 1997, where he has provided executive leadership for all Quality Management functions and staff across multiple production facilities in the United States; deployed standards and best practices across all production facilities, capturing key gains in efficiency, productivity, and effectiveness. He earned his Masters of Science in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of South Caroline, where he also obtained his Bachelor of Science degree.

    Eric Perry

    Vice President, Quality and Applications Engineering

  • Brian Ensign is the Superior Essex Communications Vice President of Marketing. His industry experience spans nearly three decades, all of which have been focused on the technology and market development activities within the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) community. Brian has been active in structured cabling, intelligent spaces, sustainability, partnerships and cyber security spaces while aiming to deliver industry leading product solutions that focus on enabling technology and intelligent spaces with sustainability in mind. He holds a degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from the SUNY Polytechnic Institute and has RCDD, NTS, OSP, and RTPM designations from BICSI, where he was also a former President of the organization.

    Brian Ensign

    Vice President, Marketing

  • Buddy Chastain has been with Superior Essex Communications since 1986, and he currently serves as the company’s Vice President of Customer Experience & Supply Chain Management. During his tenure, he has been responsible for working capital management, service center management, customer service management, procurement management, logistics management, inventory planning and for serving as a member of several process improvement implementation teams. Buddy earned his B.S. in Industrial Management from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his B.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of South Florida. Prior to joining Superior Essex, he worked for a military contractor in quality assurance and for a family-owned, commercial construction business.

    Buddy Chastain

    Vice President, Customer Experience and Supply Chain Management

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