Our Team

We have skilled team members ready to help you throughout New Zealand.

Several of our team members are qualified in Illumination Engineering, having completed the Graduate Certificate in Science and Technology (Lighting) at Massey University. Many are also technical members of the professional body for lighting engineers, the IESANZ. Search here by region for your local Rexel lighting expert.

Rexel Lighting Team

Viv Reid

National Sales Manager Lighting
Viv has over 20 years experience within the electrical industry.
She has worked with a supplier, within the wholesale network and for an electrical contractor as an estimator and operations manager. Viv officially moved into the lighting team in 2022 but had worked closely with the team for a number of years while project managing the design and supply of lighting and electrical products for hotel developments. Viv oversees the entire lighting team and is actively involved in the development of new products and exclusive brands.
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Abhi Dipak

Lighting Design & Sales
Abhishek graduated University with a degree in Electrical Engineering
and joined the Rexel Lighting team in 2018. He has great customer service skills and has a real passion for Lighting, Lighting Designs & Lighting Technologies including IOT and Lighting Controls
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Sam Hannaford

Business Development Lighting Specification
Sam has joined the Rexel Lighting team after 9 years within the electrical wholesale environment.

Ganeshkumar Barathalvar

Lighting Designer
Ganeshkumar was attracted to lighting design by the philosophy and enjoys seeing a concept evolve through various stages to a finished product.
He started his career in 2012 with a lighting firm in the United Arab Emirates and in India before he moved to New Zealand. During this period, working with the most important brands of architectural and decorative lighting, he has developed a strong technical knowledge in the management of complex products and projects and is able to support creative teams in the realization of their concepts. Many years of industry experience, attention to detail and international exposure in the lighting design and support industry adds to the advantage. Designs, manages, and supports lighting projects of varied scale. Ability to adapt to the client's culture and local markets are his strength.
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Eric Ryde

Technical Manager
Eric has 20 + years experience both in NZ and the UK in commercial lighting product design,
manufacture and testing. Encompassing all types of luminaries from HID to LED and lighting controls. Eric's focus is on technical support for imported and locally manufactured Lighting Product.
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Upper North Island

John Keen

Business Development Manager - Upper North Island Lighting
Joined Rexel Lighting in July 2019.
Bringing 22 years of experience in the Lighting service and supply industry - from the Signage, Industrial, Commercial and the Local Authority Public sector, including Sports, amenity and Road lighting. Holding roles in Territory management, Business Development and Key account sales throughout NZ. Passionate about lighting with the capability of dealing with the corporate CEO, a Consulting Engineer, Contract Electricians/installers within the NZ market, or with a Multi - National Corporation
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Central North Island

Mike Kelly

Business Development Manager - Central North Island Lighting
Mike has over 10 years experience within the electrical industry.
He joined the Rexel Lighting team in 2022 and has completed the Massey University Certificate in Science and Technology Lighting course.
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Upper South Island

Robert Smith

Business Development Manager - Upper South Island Lighting
Robert has over 46 years experience in the Electrical industry
both in installation and wholesaling. Robert's role is to liaise with key accounts, Large end users and Electrical Contractors. Robert offers experienced advice from his many years within the Electrical and Lighting industry, Roberts aim is to aide Customers in utilizing the latest Energy Efficient lighting products for their projects. Robert liaises with the experienced lighting designers and also the project team to ensure we are delivering the best available options to our clients
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Lower South Island

Norman Mair

Business Development Manager - Lower South Island Lighting
Norman joined Rexel Lighting in 2020