Lighting Practice Overview

Merrimack Group represents lighting manufacturers, sales agencies, distributors, design firms, contractors and ESCOs in buy-side and sell-side M&A transactions.

The lighting industry is highly fragmented. Merrimack is uniquely positioned to assist lighting companies in navigating the inevitable wave of industry consolidation.

What makes Merrimack different?

  • Our principals have more than 50 years' experience in the lighting industry, including senior management roles and M&A advisory services.

  • We provide access to the broadest network of buyers and sellers in the lighting and related electrical products industry, with a database of 20,000 industry executives.

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Our monthly Brilliance contains information on the state of the lighting industry.

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Ted Konnerth, Ph.D
Managing Director
Lighting Practice Leader

Ted Konnerth, Ph.D.

Managing Director, Lighting Practice Leader

Ted has more than 40 years' experience in the lighting industry, and is one of the most well-connected influencers in the industry. Prior to joining Merrimack, he gained extensive expertise in the lighting industry in sales and executive recruiting roles.

  • V.P. Sales at Cooper Lighting

  • Founder of Egret Consulting, the lighting industry's largest executive search firm

Ted earned his Ph.D. from Tulane University.

Contact Us

Contact Ted for any of the following:

  • To be added to our distribution list for lighting industry M&A news

  • To update us on your acquisition criteria

  • To schedule a time to meet at Lightfair 2021

  • To discuss the potential sale of a business in confidence

  • To discuss how we can help you find acquisition opportunities


Phone: +1 847-624-6361

Geoff Ling, MBA
Managing Director

Geoff Ling, MBA

Managing Director

After graduating from the University of Leeds with a master's degree in Architectural Engineering, Geoff spent the first ten years of his career in operating roles in the lighting industry:

  • Leading product development teams at Edison Price Lighting

  • Managing the Halo downlighting product line at Cooper Lighting

He was the lead inventor on 6 US patents, including the Portfolio segmented wallwash reflector and J-box side cable insertion trap.

After earning an MBA from the University of Chicago, he transferred to Cooper Industries HQ to help execute the company's aggressive acquisition program.

He subsequently spent 20+ years in investment banking and corporate development across several industries, working on 20 closed transactions with a combined value of >$800m.


Phone: +1 603-296-1646