DALLAS - Lennox International (LII) appointed Todd M. Bluedorn as CEO, effective April 2. Bluedorn succeeds Bob Schjerven, who announced his pending retirement in September 2006. Bluedorn was also appointed to the LII board of directors, also effective April 2, taking the seat that will be vacated by Schjerven. Most recently Bluedorn served as president, Americas for Otis Elevator Co., a division of United Technologies Corp.
“Todd is an excellent and exciting appointment for LII CEO,” said Rich Thompson, LII chairman. “He has in-depth global knowledge of product development, manufacturing, marketing, and sourcing, as well as highly successful direct experience in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning industry. We welcome his proven drive to face challenges and succeed as we move forward with our plans for continued growth.”
In addition to holding the post of president, Americas for Otis Elevator, Bluedorn held several senior leadership positions of increasing responsibility at United Technologies, including president, North America - Commercial Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning for Carrier Corp.; president, Hamilton Sundstrand Industrial; vice president, Southeast Asia Region for Carrier Corp.; vice president, North American Truck and Trailer for Carrier Corp.; and director, strategic planning, Carrier Corp. He also served as an engagement manager for McKinsey Co. before joining United Technologies.
“We also acknowledge the outstanding leadership of Bob Schjerven as CEO over the past six years - evident in the extraordinary management team he has positioned for our future success,” said Thompson. “His legacy is a financially strong company that is a recognized leader in the markets we serve, and we wish him the very best on his retirement.” Schjerven will hold the title CEO emeritus until his retirement June 30.
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