Grant Rummell, who was chairman and CEO of Nortek and its Linear subsidiaries during the early days of that company’s acquisition of the brands that became the Core Brands product group, died yesterday at the age of 77.
Grant Rummell and his wife Nedra.
Rummell had retired as president of Nortek’s technology products segment in February 2012, after serving for 23 years with the company.
Mark Terry, former president of the AVC Group for Nortek, said that Rummell “was peaceful” and that his wife Nedra was at his side.
Rummell guided Nortek in accumulating the most home technology manufacturers ever assembled within one company. Building around home security manufacturer Linear, Rummell’s team acquired ELAN Home Systems, Gefen, LiteTouch, Magenta Research, Niles Audio, OmniMount, Panamax, Secure Wireless, SpeakerCraft, Sunfire, and Xantech.
Mike “Sparky” Detmer, who served under Rummell after Niles Audio’s acquisition by Nortek back in 2005, honored the former chairman by acknowledging his insightful executive leadership.
“He saw the potential in our business early on and helped it to grow into what it is today,” Detmer stated.