Lennox Realigns Leadership
Oct 13, 2006
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Dallas, Texas, U.S.-based Lennox International, Inc. (LII) announced a realignment of its Heating & Cooling business segments leadership and internal reporting structure. LII said the changes were needed to further enhance business focus and agility in its growing commercial and residential businesses. The changes include:

Harry Bizios (pictured top), currently vice president and general manager, Worldwide Commercial Systems, was appointed president and COO, LII Commercial Heating & Cooling.

Doug Young (pictured bottom), currently vice president and general manager, North American Residential Products, was named president and COO, LII Residential Heating & Cooling.

The appointments of Bizios and Young are effective immediately. They will report directly to Bob Schjerven, CEO.

Based on this realignment, Lennox and current LII Heating & Cooling president and COO Bob McDonough have mutually agreed he will leave LII, following a transition period.

Bizios was appointed vice president and general manager of Worldwide Commercial Systems 2005. He previously served as vice president and general manager of Lennox North American Commercial Products, starting in 2003. Prior to that, he served in a number of LII positions since joining the company in 1976.

Young was appointed vice president and general manager, Lennox North American residential products in 2003. He had previously served as vice president and general manager of Lennox North American residential sales, marketing, and distribution in August 1999. Prior to Lennox, Young spent many years with General Electric Appliances (GEA), including management positions in sales, marketing, international, and consumer services, eventually being appointed general manager of marketing for GEA's $3 billion retail group in 1997 and general manager of strategic initiatives in 1999.

As APPLIANCE reported last month, LII CEO Schjerven is himself planning to retire in mid-2007 after more than 20 years with Lennox. The company is conducting an internal and external search for his successor.

Comments from Schjerven

"The leadership realignment will allow us to further increase our focus on our commercial and residential businesses," said Schjerven. "This increased focus will make it possible for us to be more agile in responding to specific and widely varying customer needs, and to aggressively exploit new business opportunities as they develop.

"We sincerely appreciate Bob McDonough's many important contributions to LII during his 16-year career with us, including directing our industry-leading transition to the 13 SEER energy efficiency standard, effectively integrating many key marketing, research, and engineering functions across our various heating and cooling brands, and helping to improve our financial performance. As he leaves us to pursue opportunities in line with his personal career goals, we certainly wish him well."

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