Management changes at Honeywell – Gilsdorf replaced

19 April: Strong rumours are spreading round process automation industry circles that Honeywell is making management changes in their Process Solutions Division. Norm Gilsdorf, president at HPS since succeeding Jack Bolick in January 2009, is said to be moving to a new role within Honeywell, and will be replaced by Darius Adamczyk, currently president of the Honeywell Scanning and Mobility Division.  Adamczyk joined this part of Honeywell in July 2008, when Metrologic Instruments of New Jersey was acquired by Honeywell: he had been CEO there for a year.

In February 2012 the INSIDER reported that Honeywell had established a new customer support facility in Dubai, which was to be a joint operating involving both the Process Solutions and the Scanning and Mobility businesses. Norm Gilsdorf commented at the time: “Over the past three years we have seen a tremendous amount of growth in the Middle East and it has become necessary to further expand our physical presence here to keep up the momentum. This new office is an important commitment we are making to the UAE and the Middle East. It will help our growth strategy, which focuses on building our customer partnerships, and providing them with the world-class support they require, with face-to-face contact, necessary to develop close working relationships.”

Significantly it seems, the new role for Gilsdorf will be as “President of High Growth Regions” and he will very likely be relocating from his current office – he stayed in Britain at the Bracknell HQ, when appointed president of HPS, to ….well it’s said to be Dubai! Obviously he liked the place. But regrettably the UK loses the one president and ceo that was resident here!

Before becoming president of HPS, Gilsdorf had been running the Process Technology and Equipment business of UOP.

Adamczyk, before his ceo role at Metrologic, had been president of the Air Solutions Group of Ingersoll Rand, and before that had been a senior associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, a global strategy and technology consulting firm, from 1995 to 1999.

Today there is no news officially from Honeywell, and their UK PR people were surprised by this news  – obviously they could not comment, and promised to investigate:  indeed the moves seem to be a surprise to members of the European operation too.

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High Growth Regions

Interestingly, the “President” role for “High Growth Regions” was mentioned in a Honeywell release dated 10 January 2012, reported by DATAMONITOR:

“Honeywell has named Shane Tedjarati as president of high growth regions and Stephen Shang as president of Honeywell China. Tedjarati will continue to report directly to Honeywell chairman and CEO Dave Cote. Shang will report to Tedjarati.

“Globalization has been a key pillar of our Growth Initiative for the past decade,” said Dave Cote, Honeywell Chairman and CEO. “Ten years ago, less than 40% of our sales were generated outside the US. Today, our company is twice the size, and approximately 55% of our revenues are generated outside the US. We began executing this strategy by focusing on the two most important emerging markets – China and India. That strategy has proven to be a good one. We have grown nearly ten-fold in revenues and now have nearly 25,000 employees in China and India, representing a significant share of our global growth story.”

“The success story we have created in China and India, as well as the product and innovation platforms we have systematically built through our East-for-East and East-to-West strategies in these markets will be a great blueprint to emulate in the rest of the emerging regions of the world – more aptly called high growth regions,” continued Cote. “These regions will drive nearly 70% of the world’s GDP growth over the next decade and are now well positioned to deliver significant growth for Honeywell as well.”

Tedjarati will work closely with business and functional leaders throughout the company to create effective go-to-market strategies in each of the regions of the world: Asia, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe.”

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20 April 2012: Honeywell Statement

A formal confirmation statement issued by Honeywell adds a little more to the above: it reads as follows.

“As Honeywell continues to make significant investments in emerging regions around the world, it has appointed Norm Gilsdorf to the position of president, High Growth Regions, Russia, Central Asia and Middle East. Gilsdorf’s considerable global business experience following previous international roles at both Honeywell and UOP make him ideally suited to the requirements of this new role. He will be responsible for strategic planning, prioritizing business investment, and establishing the operational structure and processes to ensure Honeywell continues to build on its already strong presence in these regions.

As a result of this move, Honeywell has appointed Darius Adamczyk from his current position as president, Honeywell Scanning & Mobility (HSM), to undertake the role of president, Honeywell Process Solutions (HPS). Previously, Adamczyk was chief executive officer of Metrologic, a company Honeywell acquired in 2008. Darius’ track record of building a high-performing culture in Honeywell’s Scanning and Mobility business, resulting in significant growth and profitability makes him an ideal leader to build on HPS’s strong global installed base and leading technology position. Before that, he held a number of global roles with Ingersoll Rand and Booz Allen Hamilton.”

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