UTC Fire & Security makes presidential changes


I wrote here recently about UTC Fire & Security's announcement that it had a new president: Scott Buckhout. Buckhout, previously president of Global Fire Products, was appointed president of the company in mid-March.

Now today, the Farmington, Conn.-based company has announced more appointments to its senior leadership team. According to a company press relase, Mark Barry has been appointed president, Global Fire Products, succeeding Buckhout in that job. Kelly Romano will succeed Barry as president, Global Security Products. The company said both appointments were effective immediately.

Here's more from the release:

"Barry joined UTC Fire & Security in 2010 through the acquisition of GE Security and drove strong results in his previous position as president, Global Security Products. Barry has spent more than 20 years in the security and life safety industry, including senior leadership positions at Tyco, ADT, and most recently at GE Security."

Regarding Romano, the release said: "Romano most recently served as UTC Fire & Security’s senior vice president, Sales & Marketing. She joined UTC Fire & Security in 2010 from Carrier, where she held various senior leadership positions including president, Building Systems & Services and President, Carrier Distribution Americas. Romano brings more than 27 years of UTC broad-based experience to her new role, including expertise in general management, business development, customer relations and marketing.

Buckhout issued statements about the two new presidents: “Mark’s deep industry and global experience positions him well to assume this critical leadership role in our fire products business. Mark’s responsibility for Global Fire Products includes 27 factories and significant operations in North and South America, Western Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia."

And he said of Romano: “Kelly’s multiple general management roles, coupled with her strong customer focus and her broad experience in working with dealers, distributors and contractors, make her uniquely qualified for this leadership position in our Global Security Products business. Global Security Products is a global enterprise made up of four complementary businesses –Interlogix, Lenel, Onity and Supra – and a growing research, development and engineering footprint in a number of key geographies, including North America, Western Europe and India."

Buckhout in his new position succeeded William Brown, who was promoted to senior vice president, corporate strategy & development, of United Technologies Corp. UTC Fire & Security is a unit of UTC, which is based in Hartford, Conn.