Billy Lao Appointed to General Manager of DILO Company, Inc.

Odessa, FL- September 14, 2018- It is with great sadness that DILO Company, Inc. announces that our longtime CEO, Lukas Rothlisberger has resigned for medical reasons. Lukas is focusing on his treatment and spending time with his family. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lukas and his family during this difficult time.

Billy J. Lao has been appointed as the General Manager of DILO Company, Inc. This change will be effective immediately and Billy Lao will continue to serve as GM of DILO Direct.

President of DILO Company, Inc. and DILO Direct, Reinhold Probst, stated:

“I had to accept Lukas’s resignation with a heavy heart. Lukas has been with DILO for over 20 years and became the CEO of DILO Company, Inc. 17 years ago. Lukas has been the driving force in DILO’s success. Lukas and I have anticipated this change, and therefore had ample time to prepare DILO Company for a future without him.

 Billy Lao and his team have gradually taken Lukas’s duties over during the last year. Billy has accepted the position of General Manager for DILO Company, Inc. and DILO Direct and Corey Ratza will continue to serve as Sales Manager of DILO Company. While DILO Company, Inc. will never be the same without Lukas, I have no doubt that it is left in excellent hands. We are truly fortunate to have such a great team.”

Billy Lao has more than 25 years of electrical substation equipment and field experience. Mr. Lao’s duties have included new installation, electrical construction, and major & minor maintenance of SF6 gas insulated equipment. Billy Lao has served as General Manager of DILO Direct since 2015.

In a recent statement, Billy Lao said:

“In addition to being colleagues, Lukas and I have been great friends for many years. Lukas’s leadership, vision, and dedication to the company has brought great success to DILO USA in terms of growth and customer service. Lukas’s involvement with coalitions, standards committees, and boards have allowed the rest of us in the SF6 industry to learn and understand how to make improvements towards the impact of SF6 gas on our environment.

Lukas is also a lover of animals and has dedicated a big part of his life outside of DILO to helping animals in need. As a result, we have a very pet friendly office environment that allows us to share the day with visiting dogs, brightening our day and relieving us of the everyday stresses.

On behalf of DILO USA and DILO Germany, I’d like to express our deepest gratitude to Lukas for the leadership, the knowledge, and the kindness he has brought to our professional and personal lives. We wish him the best as he dedicates this time to his family and his pets.”

Billy Lao can be reached at billy@dilo.com.  We ask that our customers continue to use their Regional Sales Manager as the first point of contact and contact Billy Lao for any matters that require the attention of upper management.

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