Daikin announces new CEO

Jeff Drees

Daikin Industries, Ltd. has named Jeff Drees as CEO and president of Daikin Applied Americas. He replaces Mike Schwartz, who is retiring at the end of August 2022.

Drees has been with the company since 2020, and is currently executive vice president of sales, marketing and aftermarket at Daikin Applied.

“Jeff’s leadership is critical to developing the strategy, plan and portfolio required to meet local and global challenges — air quality, decarbonization, digitalization,” says Hirokazu Hirao, director of Daikin’s Applied Solution Business Division, which includes Daikin Applied. “He is uniquely qualified to shape this organization to solve our customers’ problems and help us attain the top position in North America.”

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