HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, KENTUCKY, December 1, 2008 – General Cable Corporation (NYSE: BGC),  a leading global supplier of wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets, announced today that Lance G. Bates has joined the Company as Vice President, U.S. Sales.  Bates will report to Gregory J. Lampert, Executive Vice President of the Company, and President and Chief Executive Officer, General Cable North America.

“In this role, Lance will lead our efforts in maximizing sales opportunities in existing markets, identifying and driving growth in new markets, and creating strategic customer partnerships to make General Cable the wire and cable supplier of choice in the North American market,” said Lampert.

Bates has over 18 years experience in sales leadership.  Since 2007, he has held the position of President and Chief Operating Officer, Global Accounts and Strategic Markets Divisions, for Cintas Corporation, in Cincinnati, Ohio. 

Bates began his career in 1990 with General Electric Healthcare, the world’s leading supplier of diagnostic imaging equipment and services and healthcare information technologies.  In 1999, he moved to INPHACT, Inc., a provider of healthcare information technology services in Nashville, Tennessee, as Vice President of Sales & Marketing, and during his tenure, was promoted to Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.  Bates returned to General Electric Healthcare in 2003 as General Manager of Sales for Diagnostic Imaging.

Bates has Bachelor of Science degree in Industrial Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business.

General Cable (NYSE:BGC), headquartered in Highland Heights, Kentucky, is a global leader in the development, design, manufacture, marketing and distribution of copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products for the energy, industrial, specialty and communications markets. The Company offers competitive strengths in such areas as breadth of product line, brand recognition, distribution and logistics, sales and service and operating efficiency.  Energy cables include low-, medium- and high-voltage power distribution and power transmission products. The Industrial and Specialty segment  is comprised of application-specific cables for uses such as electrical power generation (traditional fuels, alternative and renewable sources, and distributed generation), the oil, gas and petrochemical industries, mining, industrial automation, marine, military and aerospace applications, power applications in the telecommunications industry, and other key industrial segments. Communications wire and cable products transmit low-voltage signals for voice, data, video and control applications. Visit our website at


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