Focal Point Welcomes Carla Bukalski to its Team

by | Jan 9, 2024 | News

The new Product Management Market Director brings years of experience and strong industry connections to the role

Chicago – January 8, 2024

As 2024 unfolds, Focal Point, a brand of Legrand, is pleased to announce a new team member: Carla Bukalski, MBA, PE, LC, LEED AP joined the organization as Product Management Marketing Director. Well known in the lighting industry, Bukalski brings with her a unique skillset that includes electrical engineering, lighting design, sales, and marketing. In addition to her experience with lighting design firms and lighting manufacturers, she has, for many years, brought value to the industry through her involvement with the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) and the International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD).

In her role at Focal Point, Bukalski will help identify market needs and opportunities and translate them into solutions that will advance lighting and Focal Point’s portfolio. She will also support the sales and marketing teams by providing education to and seeking feedback from the lighting design community.

“This role bridges the gap between our customers and our internal design teams,” states Star Davis, VP of Innovation and Product Development. “Focal Point creates cohesive, high-performance solutions delivering light quality that designers can trust. Carla is critical to delivering this vision,” she adds.

Bukalski will work closely with internal product, design, and engineering teams to bring value to the lighting industry with solutions that enhance the human experience in the built environment.

Under the leadership of Jimalee Beno, President, Focal Point has welcomed several individuals with vast industry knowledge and experience in the recent past, including Daniel Kohnen, Director of Architectural Systems, as well as Davis, and now Bukalski.

“We welcome Carla to the Focal Point family. I look forward to furthering our strong connection to the lighting design community. Carla’s passion for lighting is a perfect match for Focal Point’s quest to anticipate market needs, deliver a cohesive product offering and compelling solutions for the market,” says Beno.

Carla earned a BS in Architectural Engineering from the University of Kansas and an MBA from Xavier University, holds a Professional Engineering license, is Lighting Certified by the National Council on Qualifications for the Lighting Professions (NCQLP), and is a LEED Accredited Professional. She can be reached at

About Focal Point

Focal Point is a Chicago-based, vertically integrated architectural lighting manufacturer like no other. For over a quarter of a century, guided by our belief that great lighting isn’t just about meeting technical design requirements – it’s about people and enhancing their experience in the spaces they inhabit – our focus has been on creating superior luminaire designs that stand the test of time while comfortably defining the space. Staying true to our design credo, we are now integrating lighting and sound management using beautifully simple forms to complement architecture, deliver optimal illumination, and control sound. Learn more about our people, approach, and why we value trusted partnerships by visiting our web site at

About Legrand

Legrand is the global specialist in electrical and digital building infrastructures. Its comprehensive offering of solutions for commercial, industrial, and residential markets makes it a benchmark for customers worldwide. The Group harnesses technological and societal trends with lasting impacts on buildings with the purpose of improving lives by transforming the spaces where people live, work, and meet with electrical, digital infrastructures and connected solutions that are simple, innovative, and sustainable. Drawing on an approach that involves all teams and stakeholders, Legrand is pursuing its strategy of profitable and responsible growth driven by acquisitions and innovation, with a steady flow of new offerings—including products with enhanced value in use (faster expanding segments: data centers, connected offerings and energy efficiency programs). Legrand reported sales of €8.0 billion in 2022. The company is listed on Euronext Paris and is notably a component stock of the CAC 40 and CAC 40 ESG indexes. (code ISIN FR0010307819). ​​​​