President, Commercial HVAC North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa
Donald (Donny) Simmons is president of HVAC Commercial for North America, Europe, Middle East and Africa at Ingersoll Rand, and is a member of the company’s Enterprise Leadership Team.
In this role, Donny has full responsibility for the strategy, operations and performance of the Trane Commercial business. The mission of Trane Commercial is to create positive, productive indoor environments for our customers’ buildings in the most efficient possible way. In order to do this, Donny leads the Trane equipment and systems, building services, controls and energy services businesses that offer customers solutions that are beneficial for the entire lifecycle of their building. His passion is taking care of the customer and creating a winning culture to deliver on our mission.
Previously, Donny was president of Ingersoll Rand’s fluid management, material handling and power tools strategic business units. He cultivated growth and operational excellence approaches that differentiated the brand, created world-class operations and delivered profitable growth. He focused on aligning market and customer insights with investment, operational and brand strategies.
Donny has a specialty and passion for growing businesses with an emphasis on innovation and technology development, financial and operational excellence, innovation and culture. He joined Ingersoll Rand in 2001 and has served in a variety of general management, sales, operations and finance roles of increasing responsibility – which create his commercially-minded and financially grounded mindset.
Before becoming a business unit president, Donny was the chief financial officer of the $8 billion Ingersoll Rand Climate Solutions sector which included the global Trane, Thermo King and Hussmann brands. He has also served as a territory vice president for Trane in North America. He held a general management position in Hussmann, a former brand of Ingersoll Rand; served as a sales director for Thermo King; was a manufacturing vice president for the Americas within Climate Control Technologies; and was North America manufacturing controller for Hussmann.
Donny started his career in finance at Owens Corning, serving in multiple controller roles. While at Owens Corning, he progressed into manufacturing and operations, becoming a plant manager.
He serves as the executive sponsor for the Ingersoll Rand Women’s Employee Resource Group. Donny earned a bachelor’s degree in finance from Georgia Southern University and his master of business administration from Indiana University.