KONE appoints Danilo Elez senior vice president, services business, for the Americas


KONE Corporation, press release, Nov. 3, 2014

KONE Inc. has appointed Danilo Elez as senior vice president of the services business for the Americas as of Monday, Nov. 3. Elez will report to Larry Wash, KONE Americas CEO, and will serve as a member of the Americas senior leadership team. He will also be an extended member of the global services leadership team, to develop and facilitate KONE’s strategy.

Elez will lead KONE’s service and maintenance business across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, providing overall leadership and management of the company’s complex and dynamic business. He will be located at the KONE Americas headquarters in Lisle, Ill.

Prior to joining KONE, Elez led product and channel management in Latin America for Trane and Thermo King, brands of Ingersoll Rand. His most recent roles were vice president and general manager of Thermo King Latin America and vice president of business development for Trane Global Services.

Over his 20-year career, Elez has led businesses for Ingersoll Rand and Trane in Asia, Europe and the Americas. His efforts have been focused on driving growth and innovation in residential, commercial and industrial businesses with both direct and indirect distribution market strategies. He is a Fulbright scholar with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and economics from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

“Danilo brings both experience and leadership to KONE,” said Wash. “He will help us build on our solid track record of providing competent service to our customers and contribute to advancing our business across the Americas.”

For further information, please contact:
Patrick O'Connell, Director, Marketing and Communications, KONE Inc., tel. +1 630 955 4205

About KONE

KONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2014, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 7,3 billion, and at the end of the year over 47,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

For more information, see www.kone.us

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