Cheryl English Selected as a 2018 STEP Ahead Honoree by The Manufacturing Institute

March 1

ATLANTA – March 1, 2018 – Acuity Brands, Inc. (NYSE: AYI) today announced that Cheryl English, Vice President, Government & Industry Relations, will be receiving a Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award from The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP Ahead Awards honor women who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers and represent all levels of the manufacturing industry, from the factory-floor to the C suite.

“The STEP Ahead Award is a distinguished opportunity to recognize the tremendous contributions of women in technology,” said English. “It’s an honor to be recognized with an esteemed group of intelligent and passionate professionals in manufacturing.”

English has excelled in her position with Acuity Brands for over 35 years promoting the science of lighting. She has worked in various positions including application engineering, product development, testing labs, marketing and public policy, and has also been instrumental in the development and ongoing focus of the Company’s sustainability priorities to reduce their use of natural resources and recycling programs.

In her current role, English utilizes her technical expertise and management experience to advocate for the advancement of energy policy, smart buildings and integrated building solutions. She is currently the President of the Illuminating Engineering Society (just the fifth woman in the Society’s 117-year history to lead the trade association), and just recently concluded her term on the board of the National Institute of Building Science.

English obtained her undergraduate degree at the University of Colorado Architectural Engineering program, and her Executive Masters of Business Administration at Georgia State University.

On April 20, The Manufacturing Institute will recognize 130 recipients of the STEP Ahead Awards at a reception in Washington, D.C. The STEP Ahead Awards program will highlight each honoree’s story, including their leadership and accomplishments in manufacturing. For more information about The Manufacturing Institute and the STEP Ahead Awards, please visit