Glasgow, Scotland— U.S. chiller manufacturer Azane’s holding company, the industrial refrigeration and heating group Star Refrigeration, has appointed Andy Pearson, Ph.D. as group managing director. He has been working for Star since 1986 and has recently been promoted from group engineering director, a role he has held since 2010.

Recently awarded an ASHRAE Fellowship, Pearson is a respected voice in the sector, has edited books on ammonia and carbon dioxide for the International Institute of Refrigeration and is a Lead Author for UNEP’s Refrigeration, Air Conditioning and Heat Pumps Technical Options Committee since 2006. Pearson also contributes a popular monthly column to the ASHRAE Journal. He writes extensively on subjects related to industrial refrigeration, particularly with regard to natural, zero carbon ammonia and carbon dioxide, safety, energy efficiency and system design improvements.

He will be responsible for the management of the industrial refrigeration company and all the existing businesses within the group, including U.S. chiller manufacturer Azane Inc.,  large capacity district and industrial heat pump contractor Star Renewable Energy, consultants Star Technical Solutions, M&E contractor SMES, education provider Star Learning Solutions and freezing and chilling company Starfrost,

John Rowell, chairman of Star Refrigeration, said, “Andy’s appointment is very welcome. Having worked for Star Refrigeration for many years, his experience in executive and nonexecutive positions, as well as his in-depth knowledge of the sector, both in the U.K. and internationally, are invaluable for Star to continue to realize its full potential in this new age of environmentally driven technology.”

“Star Refrigeration is a leading industrial refrigeration company based on its clear values and outstanding reputation for innovation and engineering of the highest quality,” Pearson said. “I’m very excited to be taking on this new role and being presented with the opportunity to continue to build on this success.”

The executive board also appointed Bill Campbell as contracts director and James Ward as operations director.