Carrier, a leading global provider of HVAC, refrigeration, fire and security solutions, today announced the appointment of Chris Nelson as President of its global HVAC products and services business. This appointment combines Carrier’s residential and commercial HVAC business units under a single leader, aligning with its planned reporting segments as a soon-to-be public company. Carrier is expected to complete its separation from United Technologies (NYSE: UTX) early in the second quarter of 2020.
“Chris is an experienced HVAC leader, with the industry expertise, strong business relationships and know-how to drive the kind of accelerated top- and bottom-line growth that we’re targeting as standalone Carrier,” said Dave Gitlin, Carrier President & CEO. “With renewed focus and investments in the business, our customers, employees and shareholders can count on Chris to take the global HVAC business to new heights.”
Nelson has more than 24 years of sales and general management experience, including 16 years at Carrier. He most recently served as President, HVAC-Commercial, at Carrier, and before that, President of Carrier’s North American HVAC business. Prior to joining Carrier, he held leadership roles with the U.S. Army, Johnson & Johnson and McKinsey & Company.
“The new Carrier has a clear vision for its future and I’m looking forward to working with our employees, partners and customers around the world to make it happen,” said Nelson. “Now is the time to take the company that invented modern air conditioning to the next level and show the world what the Carrier of today is all about.”