Rexel SA

Rexel SA

Rexel SA

Date Founded



13, boulevard du Fort de Vaux,Paris, Ile-de-France 75017

Type of Company


Employees (Worldwide)



Wholesale: Consumer Durables
Wholesale: Industrial Products & Manufacturing
Retail: Home Improvement

Company Description

Rexel SA operates as a holding company. It is engaged in the distribution of electrical products. The company products are grouped into the following product families: electrical installation equipment, cables and conduits, lighting, security and communication, climate control, tools, renewable energies and energy management, white and brown goods and other services and products. The electrical installation equipment family includes coupling and circuit protection equipment, energy conversion and storage equipment, control equipment, sensors, actuators and consumptions devices, as well as solar panels. The cables and conduits family allows fro the distribution of electricity and include raceways, moldings and cable trays. The lighting family covers lighting sources, such as incandescent or halogen bulbs, low energy consumption light bulbs and fluorescent bulbs, and LED on the one hand, and lighting equipment on the other hand, such as interior and exterior lighting systems, sensors as well as decorative accessories. The security and communication family comprises of sale from voice, data and image transmission equipment, intruder and fire detection equipment, and monitoring and access control equipment. The climate control family is in charge of ventilation, air conditioning and heating equipment. The tools family covers the sale of hand tools, electrical tools and measuring instruments. The white and brown products family includes household appliances and consumer products. Rexel was founded in 1967 and is headquartered in Paris, France.

Executives & Employees

Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer Rexel USA

Executive Vice President & Chief Executive Officer, North America

Nordics General Manager

UK General Manager

Head-Group Human Resources

Group Chief Financial Officer

Director-Group Digital & IT Transformation

Group Senior Vice President, Strategy, Business Transformation & M&A

Group Senior Vice President-Human Resources

Board of Directors

Former Group Chief Executive Officer & Executive Director at Ferguson Plc

Former Managing Director-Corporate Finance Retail Group at Morgan Stanley

Chief Executive Officer at Rexel SA

Chief Executive Officer at PostNL NV

Former Chief Financial Officer at Akzo Nobel NV

Chairman at Institut Français Des Administrateurs

Partner at Cevian Capital AB

Former Chief Executive Officer at Lafarge (India) Pvt. Ltd.

Former Vice President-Sales & Marketing at Shell Oil Company

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NHP Electrical Engineering Products Pty. Ltd. purchases Rexel Electrical Supplies Pty Ltd. /Rockwell Automation Bus from Rexel SA

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American Industrial Acquisition Corp. LLC purchases Rexel SA /Southeast Asia Ops from Rexel SA

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