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Otis Names Luersman Executive Vice President, CPO

Otis Worldwide Corp., in a May announcement, said Abbe Luersman was to join the company as executive vice president and chief people officer (CPO), effective July 26. In making the appointment, Otis President and CEO Judy Marks called Luersman “a passionate leader who brings decades of proven experience, business understanding and a commitment to ensure all voices are heard, especially across a globally distributed workforce.” Marks added that Luersman’s “contributions to our leadership team and our 69,000 colleagues will have lasting impact on how people connect and thrive in a taller, faster, smarter world.”

Luersman previously served as chief human resources officer with Ahold Delhaize, a Netherlands-based international food retail group where she worked to develop and drive the organization’s enterprise-wide people strategy. She previously held positions at Ahold and Unilever and began her career on the factory floor at Whirlpool. “I’m honored to now join Otis, an industry leader with a rich legacy and bright future,” said Luersman. She holds a Bachelor and Master of Art in Human & Organizational Development from Miami University in Ohio. Luersman will report directly to Marks.

Mike Sisinni Retires from TEI Group

TEI Group announced the retirement of construction supervisor Mike Sisinni in June. “It has been an honor to have him over the years,” said Mark Gregorio, president of TEI. “He has been an instrumental asset within the core of our modernization and construction business.” Sisinni joined the group almost 20 years ago as one of the only mechanics with high-rise experience. He worked his way up to become the construction supervisor. He played a part in many notable construction projects, such as 2 Gold in the NYC Financial District and 33 Bond Street in downtown Brooklyn.

Coworkers who knew Sisinni throughout his career expressed their congratulations via social media. “Congrats on a great career! Mike was my very first supervisor in this business and the one that put me out as a mechanic,” wrote Jason Phillips, open orders manager at Otis. “Thank you, Mike, a class act in the industry,” commented Andrew Koontz, executive vice president of sales and marketing at TEI.

WAGO Hires New Business Development Specialist

WAGO, of Germantown, Wisconsin, announced in May that Michael Cuff has been hired for as business development specialist for PCB & Electronic Interconnect. A lifelong resident of Massachusetts, Cuff earned a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston and a master’s degree at Tufts in Medford. Cuff then worked at Dell EMC for 10 years, ultimately settling into the position of senior hardware design engineer. He then moved on to TE Connectivity as an account manager for nearly four years. This experience in both engineering and sales, he says, gives him confidence to assist engineers troubleshooting issues on the job site: “Sitting on both sides of the table, I understand what engineers need and want from their supplier.”

New East Coast Hire, Promotion at Cambridge Elevating

Jordan Gilbert, formerly manager of the residential division of Hagerstown, Maryland-based Landmark Elevator Inc., is now a dealer sales representative covering the U.S. East Coast for Cambridge Elevating, Inc., a home elevator company headquartered in Cambridge, Canada. James Cuvaj, previous Cambridge East Coast dealer sales representative, was promoted to dealer sales manager, covering the rest of the U.S. and Canada. Cambridge credits Cuvaj with “playing an integral role in growing [the company’s] dealer network.” The company said, “Expanding with U.S.-based experienced personnel will lead the way for a more supportive approach for [our] network of dealers and customers.”

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