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Rajan Rajendran Vice President of Engineering Services and Sustainability

Dr. Rajendran is responsible for technical support to OEMs and end users for the company’s refrigeration business. He has worked at Emerson since 1990 in various capacities, first as research engineer and later in the scroll compressor product development group as manager and finally as director for ten years. He is extremely knowledgeable in alternate refrigerants as they pertain to air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems in the United States, Europe and Asia. He also serves on committees at the Air Conditioning and Heating Institute (AHRI) and Underwriters Laboratories (UL), especially the Low GWP Alternative Refrigerants Evaluation Program Task Force at AHRI and the Working Groups for A2L Refrigerants at UL. Rajan Rajendran earned his undergraduate mechanical engineering degree from the University of Madras (India) and his Masters and Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University in the United States. He also possesses an MBA in Finance from Wright State University in the U.S.

  Dennis Doody Project Manager, Vilter Manufacturing

Dennis has worked in the electrical industry for 22 years receiving his formal training through IBEW Local Union 134 Joint Apprentice Training and Washington University in St. Louis.

Don Newlon Vice President, Marketing and General Manager, Integrated Product Division

Don’s background includes roles in engineering, product planning and marketing. He was instrumental in the launch of open-drive scroll as well as Emerson’s first marine scroll product. He possesses a B.S.M.E. from the University of Cincinnati and a MBA from The Ohio State University.

Mitch Knapke Market Manager, Refrigeration

Mitch has worked for Emerson Climate Technologies since 2004 in a variety of engineering, product development and marketing roles. As market manager, food retail, Knapke is responsible for developing the strategies and tactical plans to help bring the company’s food retail compressors to market. He is the co-inventor and patent holder for the capacity modulation system on the Copeland Discus compressors.

Frank Landwehr Frank Landwehr VP of Marketing and Planning, Air Conditioning

Frank is responsible for Copeland Scroll™ and other products marketed and sold in the United States. He joined Emerson in 1987 and has worked in various planning and marketing roles within both the air conditioning and refrigeration businesses including leading the development and launch of many digital media tools such as Copeland On Line Product Information (OPI) and many successful mobile apps. Landwehr is also responsible for Emerson’s new industry help site for homeowners, facility managers and contractors called AC & Heating Connect.

Scott Lanzer Scott Lanzer Marketing Manager – Digital Media, Air Conditioning

Scott has spent over 25 years in the RHVAC industry. He started working as a Supermarket Field Service Technician with RHVAC contractors in the Pittsburgh area, before accepting a role with Copeland Corporation in 1993. His background with Copeland products includes: Copeland Engineering – OEM Systems, Emerson Educational Services, and Service Aftermarket Sales and Marketing. His current role specializing in digital media, has allowed him to bridge the gap with respect to marketing to contractors. Mixing modern marketing techniques with real world experience has help to expand product knowledge throughout the service channel. His channel insight has been published in several technical trade articles and has been a featured speaker at industry association events; RSES, LINK, ComforTech.

Chandra Gollapudi Chandra Gollapudi Market Manager, Air Conditioning

Chandra is responsible for scroll products in North American residential applications. He started at Emerson in 2006 in the refrigeration business as the product planner. There he was involved with the launch of several products including XJ condensing unit, Refrigeration K5 Scroll and ZS Ref. Scroll Compressor. Since moving to the air conditioning, he is engaged with market transition to 2015 energy standards in USA. Prior to joining Emerson Chandra started as a Marine Engineer, in 1991, onboard Chevron Oil Tankers and refrigerated cargo ships for Dole Fresh Fruits. From 2001 to 2006 he worked at GM in Advanced Manufacturing where he was involved with the launch of Grand Prix, LaCrosse, Impala and Camaro.

Sarah Jordan Sarah Jordan Forecast Manager, Air Conditioning

In this role Sarah is responsible for analyzing market segment trends and forecasting sales and orders as part of the Sales and Operations Planning (S&OP) process for the air conditioning business. Sarah is a degreed metallurgist and a graduate of a Bachelors of Science from The Ohio State University with an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University.

 Andre Patenaude  Andre Patenaude Director – CO2 Business Development

André is responsible for developing the global strategy around the company’s CO2 industry stewardship, channel training and educational programs as they relate to utilizing CO2 in refrigeration systems. André is a Certified Engineering Technologist in mechanical engineering from Algonquin College (Ottawa), and has served as director of the Manufacturer’s Division of HRAI Canada. He is an active member of the RSES, OACETT, and ASHRAE.

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