ITASCA, Ill. — Robertshaw Controls Company announced the recent appointment of John Hewitt as chief executive officer. Hewitt succeeds Mark Balcunas, who announced his retirement from full-time service with Robertshaw, concluding a career with the company that began in 1979. Balcunas will continue to advise Robertshaw in key areas of the business going forward.

Hewitt has served in numerous senior leadership roles during his more than 25 years of experience in both public and privately owned industrial and technology businesses. Hewitt most recently served as president of the Americas region for digital infrastructure provider Vertiv, a role he held beginning in 2017. At Vertiv, Hewitt was responsible for leading business development and operations of its $2.3 billion Americas region with 11,000 employees across North, Central, and South America.

Hewitt has a track record of consistently delivering strong growth and profitability while building world-class teams and high-performance cultures. Prior to joining Vertiv, Mr. Hewitt held a variety of global management, strategy, business development, and financial leadership roles within several technology companies, including Motorola, TE Connectivity and Aptiv in the US, EMEA, South America, and Asia.

“Our customers will continue to be at the center of everything we do,” Hewitt said. “In the days ahead, they can count on Robertshaw to partner with them to solve their most critical challenges using our combined engineering, testing, manufacturing, supply chain, and technical expertise that we have honed over more than 100 years. Also, using that expertise and our deep knowledge of the industries we serve, we will continually generate new engineered solutions for our customers within our core and adjacent markets.”