HOUSTON — Goodman Global Group Inc. named Takeshi Ebisu as president and CEO and also as a member of its board of directors. The change is effective April 17, 2014. Current president and CEO, David L. Swift, will continue to support the Daikin Group in an advisory role and will be taking a consulting position outside of the industry.

"I am thrilled to become Goodman’s new president and CEO," said Ebisu. "Goodman and Daikin are uniquely positioned. When Goodman became a member of the Daikin Group in 2012, an organization with unrivaled potential was created. I am very proud to lead the Goodman team in pursuing business opportunities and serving customers.”

Ebisu, a native of Hyogo, Japan, was educated at Kyoto University and earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in Nuclear Engineering. He joined Daikin in the mechanical engineering laboratory 25 years ago. Prior to this assignment, was executive vice president, director, and member of the board for Daikin.

“Daikin has selected an outstanding successor. Ebisu has been a key contributor to Daikin and has a firm grasp of Goodman’s business," said Swift. "He was instrumental in the acquisition of Goodman in late 2012. We have just concluded an excellent fiscal year which will serve as a solid foundation for Goodman’s future success. I feel very privileged to have served as Goodman’s CEO for six years and I look forward to supporting the continued growth of Daikin in my new advisory role.”

 Speaking on behalf of Daikin Industries Ltd., Noriyuki Inoue, the company's CEO agreed that Ebisu would be an outstanding addition to the management team at Goodman.

"While I surely will miss working with Swift, I respect his decision," said Inoue. " I believe Ebisu will be a strong leader of Goodman, building on Swift’s management philosophy, and contribute to the success of not only Goodman but the entire Daikin Group globally.”