PROVIDENCE, R.I., Sept. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Nortek, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTK), a global diversified company with leading brands and innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for residential and commercial applications, today announced that Robert Casagrande, 41, has been appointed to the newly created position of Chief Information Officer. In addition to leading Nortek's IT operations, Casagrande will be responsible for developing a long-term IT plan focused on integrating the company's information systems and more efficiently delivering IT services and solutions to each of Nortek's businesses. "This new position is crucial to our strategy of leveraging world-class capabilities across our operating segments to unlock further growth for Nortek," said Michael J. Clarke, chief executive officer. "Robert's experience in integrating systems, developing common governance processes, and launching shared IT services makes him an ideal person for this role. His presence at Nortek will accelerate our efforts to provide our employees with state-of-the-art IT solutions that enable us to better serve our customers and our businesses." Casagrande brings more than 20 years of engineering and IT experience to Nortek. For the past six years he served as vice president and CIO at Rexel Holdings – a position created when the distributor of electric products and services was sold by the General Electric Company. Prior to Rexel, he worked for 14 years in engineering and IT positions at GE. He is a Six Sigma Master Black Belt and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. About Nortek Nortek* is a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. The Company's broad array of offerings includes audio/video and security solutions, digital display mounting solutions, ventilation products such as range hoods and bathroom fans, heating and cooling products, and air management systems.