HOUSTON — After five years of service, Takeshi Ebisu has decided to step down as president and CEO of Goodman Global Group Inc., a member of the Daikin group. The company announced that Satoru Akama has been selected to replace Ebisu.

Akama came to Daikin in 1986 from Yokohama National University with a degree in Business Administration. He joined Goodman in April 2017 and most recently has served as the executive vice president and president, Goodman Business Unit. 

With Akama’s promotion to CEO, Brad Snyder, who has served as senior vice president North America GBU Sales & Distribution, has been selected to lead the Goodman Business Unit as senior vice president and president, Goodman Business Unit. The leadership changes will be effective August 31, 2019.

The leadership structure for the other very important business units are unchanged. Taka Inoue continues as the executive vice president and president, Daikin Business Unit. Ardee Toppe remains as senior vice president and president, Quietflex and PTAC Business Unit.

“I am very excited to become the CEO of Goodman Global Group, Inc., a leading company in the North American HVAC industry,” said Akama. “All Goodman employees have contributed to the continued success in this market by expanding the residential HVAC business, while also integrating Daikin's know-how and product technologies. It is certainly a great pleasure to work in this environment.”

“I would like to express my respect to Mr. Ebisu,” said Akama, “who, during the last five years, has built Daikin Texas Technology Park, endeavored in growing our business and executed his management practices by making aggressive investments toward our future. I sincerely admire and appreciate his achievements and his love for Goodman and Daikin. I wish him great success in his future endeavors.”

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