HOUSTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–#Daikin–After five years of service, Takeshi Ebisu has decided to step down as President and Chief Executive Officer of Goodman Global Group, Inc., a member of the Daikin group. The company announced today that Satoru Akama has been selected to replace Mr. Ebisu.
Mr. Akama came to Daikin in 1986 from Yokohama National University with a degree in Business Administration. He joined Goodman in April 2017 and most recently has served as the Executive Vice President and President, Goodman Business Unit.
With Mr. Akama’s promotion to CEO, Brad Snyder, who has served as Senior Vice President North America GBU Sales & Distribution, has been selected to lead the Goodman Business Unit as Senior Vice President and President, Goodman Business Unit. The leadership changes will be effective August 31, 2019.
The leadership structure for the other very important business units are unchanged. Taka Inoue continues as the Executive Vice President and President, Daikin Business Unit. Ardee Toppe remains as Senior Vice President and President, Quietflex and PTAC Business Unit.
“I am very excited to become the CEO of Goodman Global Group, Inc., a leading company in the North American HVAC industry,” said Mr. Akama. “All Goodman employees have contributed to the continued success in this market by expanding the residential HVAC business, while also integrating Daikin’s know-how and product technologies. It is certainly a great pleasure to work in this environment.
“I would like to express my respect to Mr. Ebisu who, during the last five years, has built Daikin Texas Technology Park, endeavored in growing our business and executed his management practices by making aggressive investments toward our future,” Mr. Akama continued. “I sincerely admire and appreciate his achievements and his love for Goodman and Daikin. I wish him great success in his future endeavors.”
Daikin Industries, Ltd. (DIL) is a Fortune 1,000 company with more than 70,000 employees worldwide, and is the world’s number 1 air conditioning company. Daikin North America LLC (DNA) is a subsidiary of DIL. DNA and its affiliates manufacture heating and cooling systems for residential, commercial and industrial use and are sold via a select group of independent HVAC contractors. DIL manufacturing operations include facilities at Houston, TX and Fayetteville, TN. For additional information, visit www.northamerica-daikin.com.
A member of the DAIKIN group, Houston-based Goodman Manufacturing Company, L.P. is a leading manufacturer of heating, ventilation and air conditioning products for residential and light commercial use. Goodman® brand products are predominantly sold through company-operated and independent distribution networks, with more than 1,000 total distribution points throughout North America. For more information, visit www.goodmanmfg.com.