ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Tecumseh Products Co. has announced the creation of a consolidated North America region for operations, sales, marketing, and engineering functions. The company also announced the appointment of former company executive Bill Merritt as president of the new business group.

Merritt will lead Tecumseh’s United States, Canada, and Mexico initiatives which collectively form the new region. He will to report to Jim Connor, president and CEO.

“Bill Merritt brings valuable leadership and experience back to Tecumseh and will help us provide positive focus to shape our growing North American operations and sales base,” said Connor.

Merritt held various leadership roles during his prior 17 years working for Tecumseh, including vice president, global marketing and sales; VP, commercial refrigeration and distribution; executive director of Tecumseh Do Brasil – USA; and director of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning products.

Merritt rejoins Tecumseh from MidTech Sales LLC where he was vice president and general manager.

Tecumseh Products Co. is a leading global manufacturer of hermetic compressors, condensing units and systems for use in residential and commercial refrigeration and air conditioning applications. For more information, visit

Publication date: 12/19/2011