The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently appointed Kevin J. Cosgriff as president and chief executive officer of the organization. Cosgriff, a former vice admiral in the U.S. Navy, comes to NEMA after serving as Senior Vice President of International Business and Government for Textron Systems Corporation, a position he held from 2010 to 2013.
Cosgriff graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, NY, and began active duty with the Navy directly thereafter. As a vice admiral he commanded the U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, overseeing roughly 30,000 sailors throughout a region encompassing 22 countries, and the U.S. Fifth Fleet, directing naval forces in the Persian Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and off the coast of East Africa. Previously he commanded Cruiser-Destroyer Group 8, Theodore Roosevelt Battle Group. He also served as director of Warfare Analysis and Integration in Navy Headquarters, and his first Flag Officer position was as director, Office of Program Appraisal, reporting directly to the Secretary of the Navy. Earlier in his career, Cosgriff served as the director of the White House Situation Room and director of Systems and Technical Planning for the National Security Council.
He was among the first to receive a Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the Defense Intelligence College (now National Intelligence University). He also earned the Naval War College Foundation Award for Outstanding Performance. He is an alumnus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Seminar XXI Program, a nine-month educational program for senior military and government officials in the U.S. national security and foreign policy communities.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceeds $100 billion annually. NEMA is the parent organization of the Lighting Controls Association.