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Promotions, new hires and a retirement

By Elevator World | August 1, 2021

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…

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Leaders are tapped and a sales team grows

By Elevator World | July 1, 2021

Corbo Named First U.S.-based President of California-Based MEUS Mike Corbo has been promoted from chief operating officer (COO) to president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric U.S. Inc. (MEUS), becoming the first U.S.-based leader of the Cypress, California-headquartered company, MEUS announced in May. Masahiro (Max) Oya takes on a newly created role as chairperson of MEUS,…

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Midwest companies tap VPs.

By Elevator World | April 1, 2021

Abels Joins Schumacher Bret Abels has joined Schumacher Elevator Co. in Denver, Iowa, as vice president (VP) of business development. Here, he will help identify strategic business opportunities to continue moving the company forward. He was most recently president and chief operating officer of O’Keefe Elevator in Omaha, Nebraska. O’Keefe was bought by thyssenkrupp in…

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Industry association, supplier and certification company among those to announce changes

By Elevator World | March 1, 2021

Grone Joins NEII as Vice President of Government Affairs Philip W. “Phil” Grone has joined the National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) as vice president of government affairs, after working with NEII over the past four years as a consultant on federal facilities standards, construction specifications and other issues. Grone has experience in both the public…

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Transitions

By Elevator World | January 1, 2021

Leaders tapped on the East Coast and in the Midwest Borwey Appointed NAESA International Executive Director James L. “Jim” Borwey, most recently manager of the Elevator, Boiler and Amusement Ride Bureau for the State of Iowa, has been appointed NAESA International executive director, NAESA President Christopher Shade announced in November. Filling a position previously held…

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Companies and organizations tap leaders

By Elevator World | December 1, 2020

NAEC Names Executive Director, Deputy Director The Board of Directors (BoD) of the National Association of Elevator Contractors (NAEC) has named Rená B. Cozart executive director and Amanda Smith deputy director, the association announced in November. With more than 20 years’ experience in for-profit and nonprofit organizations, Cozart has served in numerous leadership roles, most…

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OEMs tap leaders, a family tradition continues, and an organization director steps down.

By Elevator World | September 1, 2020

Brandt Named Otis VP, Western Region Otis has named Julie Brandt vice president (VP), U.S. Western Region. Most recently vice president and chief transformation officer, she succeeds and reports to Jim Cramer, Otis Americas president (ELEVATOR WORLD, August 2020). In her new role, Brandt is based in Chicago. Starting her career with Otis nearly 25…

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An international OEM and an NYC-based independent make moves.

By Elevator World | August 1, 2020

Otis Names Cramer President of Americas Group Otis has named Jim Cramer president of Otis Americas, reporting directly to Otis President and CEO Judy Marks, the company announced in June. “Jim will continue to energize and grow our Americas business, focusing on operational excellence, safety and quality,” said Marks. “During his distinguished 34-year career at…

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Companies fill important executive roles in safety and sales.

By Elevator World | July 1, 2020

Champion Elevator Taps Safety Board Advisor NYC’s Champion Elevator Corp. has named Edward R. Bulakites executive safety board advisor. Bulakites’ 25 years’ experience includes 15 years in environment and health safety management. He will provide counsel on matters related to occupational health and safety, and assess and improve Champion’s safety strategies and procedures. His areas…

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New leaders and a promotion

By Elevator World | June 1, 2020

Ken Schmid Selected to Lead KONE Americas KONE has named Ken Schmid executive vice president for KONE Americas, the top leadership role in the division, the company announced in March. Schmid previously served as senior vice president, finance, and a member of the company’s Global Finance Leadership Team since 2005, and has been interim leader…

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