KONE Appoints Jon Barr to Head of Global Development Americas


The appointment is an internal promotion for Barr, who has been with the company for 17 years

jon-barrLISLE, Ill. Mar. 4, 2015 – KONE has appointed Jon Barr as head of global development, Americas as of Sunday, March 1. As part of the role, he will report to the company’s CIO and lead KONE’s global development operations in the Americas, while continuing his responsibilities for Americas business process development. Barr’s combined role will integrate key Americas business processes with global operations. He will serve as a member of both the KONE Americas leadership team and the company’s global development management team.

Over the past 17 years, Barr has served in various leadership roles at KONE, most recently as director of business processes in KONE Americas. Prior to joining KONE, Barr worked as a manager with Accenture.

“Throughout his career at KONE, Barr has demonstrated his expertise across a variety of business skills, including business development, information technology and systems management, policies and processes, modernization efforts, installation intricacies and more,” said Larry Wash, Executive Vice President of KONE Americas. “We’re excited to welcome him into his new role as he continues to build KONE’s reputation as an industry leader in innovation and business processes.”

Terhi Salminen, KONE America’s previous head of global development, will support Barr in the transition and will continue her duties as KONE’s head of management and support processes within global development.

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 2015, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 8,6 billion, and at the end of the year close to 50,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd. in Finland.

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