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Viega announced new leadership for its sales and marketing operations. Scott Wallace was named chief commercial officer, and Jared Mackrory was named marketing director.

“Having the right leadership team in place is crucial for the growth and well-being of any organization,” said Viega CEO Markus Brettschneider. “I’m pleased to have found two new members of that team in Scott and Jared. They bring a breadth of experience and knowledge that will help take Viega to the next level.”

As chief commercial officer, Wallace sets the go-to-market strategy and oversees the sales and marketing departments. He brings to Viega experience across multiple industries and companies in wholesale and distribution, omnichannel and retail sales and is experienced in data-driven sales management.

Before coming to Viega, he worked at Danone, Kellogg Co. and Procter & Gamble in a variety of sales management positions. He holds a bachelor's of science in systems engineering from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, an MBA with global leadership concentration from the University of Texas at Dallas, and a Master’s in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University. A former captain in the U.S. Army, he is passionate about leadership.

As marketing director, Mackrory is responsible for driving marketing strategy and leading the department. He brings to Viega a variety of experience in brand management, including work in developing, launching and managing consumer products in many categories. His specialties include brand management, project management, consumer products, new product development and direct sales.

Prior to Viega, Jared worked in shopper marketing at Danone, as well as in multiple marketing and management positions at Kimberly-Clark. He holds an MBA in marketing and a bachelor's of science in business management.

Oatey Co. announced the promotion of Scott Voisinet to senior vice president, supply chain.

Voisinet has been with Oatey for more than ten years, most recently serving as vice president, sourcing. He is a strategic supply chain and product management leader with more than two decades of significant experience. Prior to joining Oatey, he worked at Matco Tools, where he held a range of supply chain and product management positions.

In his new role, Voisinet will be responsible for planning, purchasing, distribution and global logistics, reporting to CEO Neal Restivo. Voisinet will partner closely with Charles Scholl, senior vice president, global sourcing, to optimize processes and partners across the supply chain and sourcing functions.

“Having a strong supply chain function is essential to Oatey’s ability to provide outstanding service to our customers and grow our business,” said Restivo. “Scott brings the proven expertise and leadership acumen we need as we continue to enhance our capabilities in this critical business function.”

Rinnai America announced Renee Eddy joined the organization as its vice president of innovation.

“My passion is transforming data and technologies into cool, new products and that passion is sure to come through while at Rinnai,” said Eddy. “I look forward to driving development for innovative technology, leading the team towards new idea creation and outside of the box thinking.”

Most recently, Eddy was director of innovation, methods and operations at Eaton, leading up to 200 employees. During her time at Eaton, she created the innovation, methods and operations team from the ground up, developing a strong, collaborative culture within R&D across 26 divisions. Prior to her time at Eaton, Eddy developed products across a number of industries for Fortune 100 companies and customers, including residential and commercial HVAC, transport refrigeration, telecommunications and aerospace.

“Renee’s diverse product knowledge in a variety of industries is invaluable for Rinnai,” said Frank Windsor, president, Rinnai America. “Her vision and expertise will spearhead the development of technologies in new markets, aiding in Rinnai’s growth strategy, as well as producing products that support our commitment to creating a healthier way of living.”

Environmental engineering and construction firm Brown and Caldwell announced the promotion of Vice President Sachin Gajwani to New York City operations leader.

A licensed professional engineer with a master’s in civil engineering, Gajwani joined the firm in 2020, bringing over two decades of water and wastewater engineering experience in the public and private sectors. He has delivered numerous high-profile, multi-million-dollar projects in New York in various technical and leadership roles. Notable projects include the design and construction of large-scale water resources components, major wastewater treatment plant upgrades and resiliency preparedness and planning improvements at water and wastewater facilities.

As operations leader, Gajwani will align the firm’s technical resources for successful project execution to help clients meet complex environmental challenges and do more with less. He will oversee the development of Brown and Caldwell’s New York City client relationships and direct key pursuits for market growth. Gajwani will manage the hiring and advancement of top talent to meet market and customer needs as the firm continues its New York and Northeast expansion.

“Sachin has a proven background of delivering highly technical projects that positively impact clients’ long-term goals,” said Brown and Caldwell Northeast Leader Lauren Fahnestock. “This new role will elevate our New York City offering as we partner with utilities to improve the communities where we live, work, and play.”

Company News

Rheem has acquired Friedrich Air Conditioning from Monomoy Capital Partners, effective Aug. 30. Friedrich is an industry leader in high-end air conditioning solutions and will be a standalone business unit within the Rheem Global Air business.

“Growth by acquisition is part of our ongoing strategy,” said Chris Peel, president and CEO of Rheem. “The addition of Friedrich to the Rheem family of brands will complement our existing business lines, increase our commercial and residential air conditioning offerings, and expand our presence in the hospitality and multi-family segments of our market.”

Friedrich’s room air conditioning solutions are designed for use in homes, hotels, and multi-family buildings, among other applications. Headquartered in San Antonio, Fredrich’s manufacturing facilities are located in Monterrey, Mexico, with distribution centers based in Texas and New Jersey.

“Rheem’s innovation, commitment to quality and dedication to sustainability align perfectly with Friedrich,” said Chuck Campbell CEO at Friedrich. “Additionally, Rheem’s history of investing in and strongly supporting its business units gives us great promise for our future together.”

Rinnai America announced the acquisition of Industrias MASS, a leader in the commercial water heater market in Mexico. This acquisition marks the first by Rinnai America Corporation and follows the launch of its Strategic Business Initiative announced earlier this year, meant to accelerate the company’s presence via acquisitions and partnerships.

Founded in 1964, Industrias MASS is the leading manufacturer of commercial water heaters in Mexico, with a penetration of approximately one-third of the overall commercial segment. With an 86,000 square foot plant and more than one hundred employees across the country, Industrias MASS also specializes in the production of water treatment systems and the manufacturing of commercial tanks that collectively integrate advanced technology, locally manufactured materials, and a best-in-class service network. Their client base spans hospitality, health care, food service and other commercial verticals served by offices in Mexico City, Leon, Merida, Monterrey, Guadalajara and Mazatlán.

“Acquiring Industrias MASS is a critical step in our commitment to the Latin American market,” said Frank Windsor, president of Rinnai America. “Our goal is to build upon the success of Industrias MASS by further investing in the company, its people, and products as a platform for growth. Through our shared pledge to innovation, as well as a complementary set of products, we’ll fuel growth while also delivering on our brand promise of Creating a healthier way of living.”

This acquisition will enable Rinnai America to establish its local presence in Mexico, for both manufacturing and distribution. Industrias MASS’ complementary product line also includes products which Rinnai has not historically offered, such as water treatment, allowing the company to expand its footprint and offer a broader product portfolio.