CEES Leadership

Meet the CEES Team

In 2010, Ingersoll Rand launched the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability (CEES) to leverage best practices in sustainability, within the company and for customers. Whether the focus is reducing emissions, energy use/costs, or material waste, the CEES team helps employees, customers, and stakeholders identify methods and implement practices to meet sustainability goals. CEES focus areas include: innovation and product stewardship, issues and advocacy, external partnerships, and community and employee engagement.

Holly Emerson, Senior Analyst

Holly Emerson focuses on defining and implementing metrics for innovation in the “green space”. Her efforts help guide Ingersoll Rand product development and product stewardship. She also collaborates with the Global Procurement and Integrated Supply Chain group to integrate sustainability into supplier quality and compliance programs. Holly’s external reporting expertise and knowledge has helped the company improve on the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) and Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP).

Holly began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2002 as a marketing analyst, and later held marketing manager and market development positions in the company’s Energy Systems business (formerly of the Industrial Technologies sector). She has also been involved in enterprise marketing and corporate communications, where she started benchmarking sustainability best practices among peer companies.

Holly is a member of the GreenBiz Executive Network and Charlotte U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and is LEED accredited professional. She serves on the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) Advisory Council and the National Science Foundation’s Industry/University Collaborative Research Center’s Sustainably Integrated Buildings and Sites (SIBS) Industry Advisory Board, on which she was the inaugural chair. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.

Debbie Kalish, Program Manager

Debbie Kalish creates and manages product Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) processes for the enterprise. She manages programs for Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), sustainability training for product teams, behavior based sustainability projects, and has built strategic partnerships. She’s involved in Earth Day initiatives and other projects to help advance many CEES programs.

Debbie began her career with Ingersoll Rand in 2006, working in project and program management. She has been program manager of the Top Line Margin Expansion (TLME) initiative, the Trane IT Integration team, Transition Service Agreements for construction divestitures, and served as key support for IT Core Systems.

Debbie is Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certified, has memberships in the Project Management Institute and the American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA). She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in communications and public relations from Appalachian State University.

Mark Lessans, Ingersoll Rand, Energy Efficiency Analyst

Mark Lessans works with product managers, market analysts, and functional teams across Ingersoll Rand’s enterprise to evaluate the landscape of energy directives and scenarios facing the company’s brands. In doing so, he builds implementation plans to ensure market growth regarding energy efficiency, assists Ingersoll Rand business teams in evaluating and responding to energy codes and standards, and enhances the linkage of energy policies and regulations with business realities across the enterprise.

Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Mark was a Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Building Technologies Office, where he helped operate the Building Energy Codes Program. While there, he managed projects aimed at increasing adoption and compliance with current model energy codes, and provided leadership on the department’s strategy for increasing model code implementation. Before the DoE, Mark held an advocacy role at the Alliance to Save Energy, where he worked for the Building Codes Assistance Project.

Mark is a Certified Energy Manager. He earned a B.S. in Architecture from the University of Maryland, and an M.S. in Engineering Management from George Washington University.

Nanette Lockwood, Global Director, Climate Policy

Nanette Lockwood focuses on developing strategies and coordinating product-related public policy, codes and standards advocacy, globally. She works closely with internal Ingersoll Rand teams as well as external government, non-government, academic and industry organizations in her efforts to expand and refine product markets.

Prior to joining the CEES in 2013, Nanette managed government affairs for Solutia Inc., a specialty chemical company with a heavy focus on energy efficiency and construction markets. Before that, she worked to strengthen building codes in her role as director of engineering and building codes for the Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS), an insurance trade organization.

Nanette is a licensed Professional Engineer. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in environmental engineering from the University of South Florida; a Juris Doctorate from Concord Law School; and a Masters of Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School.

W. Scott Tew, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand, Executive Director

Scott Tew is the founder and leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES), which supports all of the company’s strategic brands – Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King – and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives. Since the CEES was formed in 2010, Ingersoll Rand has successfully met or exceeded its long-term goals in energy use and waste reduction, while embedding sustainability in all parts of the product development process. Key initiatives have also included launch of employee engagement and competency building programs and materiality assessments to ensure sustainability focus is in line with business drivers. The company has appeared as a top performer in both the U.S. and World Rankings for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

 

Meet the Advisory Council on Sustainability

Ingersoll Rand is guided by a council of global thought leaders in sustainability leadership, infrastructure development, energy policy, and technology. Their expertise helps us understand critical issues and apply that learning to our strategy, to provide more innovative products and solutions, and create a less impactful operational footprint.

Roger Ballentine, Green Strategies Inc., President

Roger Ballentine is an internationally-recognized expert and thought leader on how private sector leaders can incorporate environmental and sustainability strategies into business practices in ways that enhance competitive advantage and deliver value to customers, shareholders and stakeholders. He has advised U.S. Presidents, corporate CEOs, and private equity investors on the intersection of policy drivers, energy market dynamics and best business practices. Roger has served on the board of directors for more than a half of dozen public and private corporations and is a Venture Partner with Arborview Capital LLC.

Roberta Bowman, Duke Energy, Senior Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer (retired)

Roberta Bowman recently retired after serving as senior vice president and chief sustainability officer for Duke Energy since 2008. She joined Duke Power in 1986 and held numerous leadership roles including serving as the company’s chief communications officer for 10 years, and was appointed senior vice president of public affairs in January 2001. In that role, she led the corporation’s communications, public affairs and community relations functions, including The Duke Energy Foundation. Following the merger with Cinergy in 2006, she was named the company’s first corporate officer in sustainability.

During her career, Roberta has also had responsibility for public policy; government and regulatory relations; and environment, health and safety. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Tufts University.

Marian Chertow, Yale University, Industrial Environmental Management Program, Professor and Director

Marian Chertow is associate professor of industrial environmental management and has been director of the industrial environmental management program at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies since 1991. Her research and teaching focus on industrial ecology, business/environment issues, waste management, and environmental technology innovation.

Prior to Yale, Marian spent ten years in environmental business and state and local government. She is a frequent international lecturer and has testified on waste, recycling and other environmental issues before committees of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. She serves on the founding faculty of the Masters of Science in Environmental Management Program at the National University of Singapore where she teaches “Business and Environment” and is a visiting professor at Nankai University’s National Center for Innovation Research on Circular Economy in China.

Stuart Hart, The University of Vermont, Grossman Chair in Sustainable Business

Stu currently serves as the Grossman Chair in Sustainable Business at the University of Vermont. His immediate past post was as the S.C. Johnson Chair of Sustainable Global Enterprise and Professor of Management at Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise. He also serves as Distinguished Fellow at the William Davidson Institute (University of Michigan) and President of Enterprise for a Sustainable World.

Before joining Cornell, he was the Hans Zulliger Distinguished Professor of Sustainable Enterprise and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of North Carolina’s Kenan-Flagler Business School, where he founded the Center for Sustainable Enterprise and the Base of the Pyramid Learning Laboratory. Previously, he taught corporate strategy at the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business and was the founding director of the Corporate Environmental Management Program (CEMP), a joint initiative between Michigan’s Business School and School of Natural Resources and Environment (now the Erb Institute’s Dual Master’s Program).

Professor Hart has published over 70 papers and authored or edited seven books, with over 5,000 Google Scholar citations in all. He wrote the seminal article “Beyond Greening: Strategies for a Sustainable World,” which won the McKinsey Award for Best Article in Harvard Business. With C.K. Prahalad, Hart also wrote the path-breaking 2002 article, “The Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid,” which provided the first articulation of how business could profitably serve the needs of the four billion poor in the developing world. With Ted London, Hart is also the author of a newly released book entitled Next Generation Business Strategies for the Base of the Pyramid. His best-selling book, Capitalism at the Crossroads, was selected by Cambridge University as one of the 50 top books on sustainability of all-time; the third edition of the book was published in 2010.

Bindu N. Lohani, Asian Development Bank, Vice President (retired)

Bindu Lohani was born in Kathmandu, Nepal in 1948. He received a bachelor’s degree from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (India) in 1970, a master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the North Carolina State University (USA) in 1973, and his doctoral degree in Environmental Engineering (Environmental Technology and Management) from the Asian Institute of Technology in 1977.

Dr Lohani began his career as a civil servant to the Government of Nepal. In this position he planned, designed, and oversaw the construction of roads, bridges, and highways in various parts of the country. He later joined the Asian Institute of Technology as a faculty member where he taught environmental engineering, environmental impact assessments, and other courses on environmental technology and management. He subsequently served as Chairman of the Environmental Engineering Division before he joined the Asian Development Bank in 1985.

From 1985 to 2005, Dr Lohani held several senior leadership positions at the Asian Development Bank including being named Secretary of ADB in 1999. After serving as Director-General of the Regional and Sustainable Development Department (from January 2005), he was appointed Vice President of the Asian Development Bank in April 2007. As Vice President, Dr Lohani oversaw several key departments including Office of the Secretary; Office of the General Counsel; Budget, Personnel, and Management Systems Department; Office of Administrative Services; Controller’s Department; Treasury Department; and Office of Information Systems and Technology.

Much of Dr Lohani’s professional experience was in the fields of environmental management and sustainable development, including work in academia, and the public and private sectors. His pioneering work on environmental impact assessment and economic & environmental planning for project investments in Asian countries has had a significant impact on the development of the region. In recognition of this work, Dr Lohani was elected to the National Academy of Engineers of the U.S., the highest professional distinction accorded to an engineer. He is also an Honorary Diplomat of the American Academy of Environment Engineers (awarded for excellence in the practice of environmental engineering). Dr Lohani currently serves on the 18-member Blue Ribbon Committee for Grand Challenges for Engineering, an American National Science Foundation Project to identify the world's greatest challenges and opportunities in the next century.

Peter Madden, Future Cities Catapult, Chief Executive

Peter Madden is Chief Executive of the Future Cities Catapult. Previously, he worked as Chief Executive of Forum for the Future, Head of Policy at the Environment Agency, Ministerial Adviser to the British Government, Director of Green Alliance and Head of Policy at Christian Aid.

Peter has previously been a member of the UK Round Table on Sustainable Development and the Board of the European Environment Bureau. He is currently Board Counsellor to the Crown Estate, an Advisory Board member of the Center for Energy Efficiency and Sustainability and a member of the UK Government Smart Cities Forum.

Peter has written widely for the media and published numerous pamphlets and reports. He is currently a board member of the London Sustainability Exchange and of the South West Regional Development Agency.

Claus Stig Pedersen, Novozymes, Head of Corporate Sustainability

Claus Pedersen currently serves as Head of Corporate Sustainability for Novozymes A/S, a global firm known for its sustainability leadership. Novozymes is the world leader in industrial enzymes and microbe with solutions that enable optimization of manufacturing processes and products in several industries including bioenergy, food, textiles, and agriculture. Claus has extensive experience with practical integration of sustainability across a variety of business functions from Sourcing and R&D, to Sales, Marketing and Investor Relations and he has worked in many different geographies and cultures—from Europe, Middle East, Asia, and Southern Africa to South & North America. Under Claus’ leadership, sustainability is increasingly becoming a differentiator for Novozymes.

Claus holds an M.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, a Ph.D. in Sustainability Management, and he is appointed Honorary Professor at the University of Aalborg and the Copenhagen Institute of Technology. Throughout his career, Claus has been focused on making sustainability a business driver and he has developed practical and value adding ways to integrate sustainability into the business. Before joining Novozymes, Claus was leading the Global Sustainability and Quality activities of the Hartmann Packaging Group. Prior to that he worked as a sustainability consultant at the Institute for Product Development, Denmark, where he was an early leader in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methodology development initiatives.

Katherine Sierra, Brookings Institute, Senior Fellow

Katherine Sierra is an expert in sustainable infrastructure and climate change in developing economies, and provides advisory services to public and private sector organizations on these topics. Katherine is also a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, focusing on climate change and energy. Until June 2010, she was vice president for sustainable development at the World Bank, where she served for more than thirty years. She oversaw the bank’s global environment, infrastructure (including energy, transportation and water sectors), urban development and agricultural activities. She also led the World Bank’s climate change strategy – including creation of the $6.5 billion Climate Investment Funds and management of $2.5 billion in Carbon Finance funds. She was the Bank’s spokesperson on climate change, and represented it at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change high level meetings and at the G-8 and G-20 on climate and environment issues.

Katherine is a frequent speaker on the issues surrounding development and climate change. She has considerable country experience in East Asia, including managing the urban and environment programs for China, and in Latin America. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of California; a Master’s degree in city and regional planning from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s General Managers Program.

Daniel Vermeer, Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment, Professor & Executive Director

Daniel Vermeer directs Duke University's Center for Energy, Development, and the Global Environment (EDGE), a dynamic initiative focused on accelerating progress toward a sustainable energy system that can meet the global demand for energy, resources, and improved quality of life. Through research, outreach, and education, EDGE identifies the most promising pathways toward this goal, works with leading firms to drive innovations across their value chains, and helps seed partnerships that can facilitate these transformations.

Daniel joined Duke from The Coca-Cola Company, where he led the Global Water Initiative, an industry-leading effort to formulate and implement a comprehensive approach to protecting the quality and availability of the company's primary ingredient. He is the founder and chief architect of the Global Water Challenge, a multi-partner organization for innovative water and sanitation initiatives. He holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia and a Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

Terry Yosie, World Environment Center, President and CEO

Terry F. Yosie joined the World Environment Center in October 2006 as the President & CEO. In this capacity, he develops and implements strategies to achieve this global non-profit organization’s mission to implement sustainable development through the business strategies and operations of global companies in partnership with government agencies, non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders. WEC’s principal areas of focus have included climate change and energy efficiency, enterprise development, greening the supply chain, innovation, and preparing future business leaders to implement sustainability.

Dr. Yosie has held senior-level management positions in government, corporate and consulting organizations. Dr. Yosie currently serves on the National Research Council’s Committee on Scientific Tools and Approaches for Sustainability to advise the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He is the author of more than seventy professional publications and co-editor of a book entitled, Sustainable Environmental Management. He has lectured at Carnegie Mellon University, Dartmouth College, Duke University, Harvard University and Técnologico de Monterrey. He received his Doctorate in Humanities and Social Sciences from Carnegie Mellon University in 1981 and received its Alumni Achievement Award in 2013.

Marcia Avedon, Ingersoll Rand, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Communications & Corporate Affairs

Marcia Avedon joined Ingersoll Rand in February 2007 from Merck & Co. where she had company-wide responsibilities for all human resource strategies, programs and policies globally. She served in that role from 2003 – 2006, and prior to that she was vice president, talent management and organization effectiveness for Merck. Prior to Merck, Marcia held a variety of HR and communications leadership positions with Honeywell (formerly AlliedSignal). Marcia also served as a board member for Lincoln National Corporation and as board president for Jersey Battered Women’s Services, a non-profit agency.

Marcia held corporate and division human resources and organization development roles with Anheuser-Busch Companies. She began her career with Booz-Allen & Hamilton, spending six years as a management consultant specializing in human capital and organizational development practices.

Marcia holds a M.Phil., a Ph.D. in industrial/organizational psychology from George Washington University as well as a B.A. in psychology from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington. Marcia serves as a board member for the Ingersoll Rand Foundation for charitable giving. She is a member of the Board of Directors for the United Way of Central Carolinas. Marcia also serves on the advisory boards for Cornell University’s Center for Advanced Human Resources Studies, the University of North Carolina – Charlotte’s Belk College of Business and Rutgers’ Center for Human Resource Strategy. She is a member of Women Corporate Directors, Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, HR50 and the HR Policy Association.

Maria Blase, Ingersoll Rand, President, HVAC and Transport Latin America

Maria Blase is President of the HVAC and Transport Latin America business of Ingersoll Rand. Blase has nearly 25 years of experience with diverse industries including transport, buildings, services, manufacturing, pharmaceuticals and mining. After joining Ingersoll Rand in 1999, she was promoted to global financial roles of increasing importance, including Chief Financial Officer of the $8 billion Climate Solutions sector, before shifting her focus to her current role in general management. She is widely respected for applying her extensive knowledge of financial management to drive business growth in Latin America. In 2013, despite volatile currency impacts and slowing markets in Latin America, she led the business to grow its operating income more than 60 percent.

Blase is a CPA and a graduate of Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville (SIUE), where she received both her undergraduate degree and MBA in accounting. She has held a board position with a not-for-profit and volunteers with the Little Lighthouse Foundation.

Paul Camuti, Ingersoll Rand, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Chief Technology Officer

Paul Camuti was named senior vice president, innovation and chief technology officer in August 2011. Paul joined Ingersoll Rand from Siemens Corporation, where he served in senior leadership roles for more than 16 years.

Most recently, Paul was the president of Smart Grid Applications for Siemens Energy Inc., where he focused on the development and delivery of Smart Grid products, services and solutions across the entire energy conversion chain. Previously, Paul was president and CEO of Siemens Corporate Research, one of several Siemens Corporate Technology innovative research centers worldwide. He held additional leadership roles with Siemens Energy and Automation, where he founded the company’s Industrial Software business and worked with Eaton Corporation, Cutler Hammer and Westinghouse Electric.

Paul is co-lead of the enterprise sustainability work with Gary Michel, senior vice president and president, Residential HVAC. Paul also serves on various boards and advisory councils, including The Alliance to Save Energy, the External Advisory Council for the Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, Colo., the NREL Energy System Integration Technical Review Panel, and the External Advisory Council for the P.C. Rossin College of Engineering and Applied Science at Lehigh University.

Paul received a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Penn., and completed the Siemens Advanced Management Program at The Fuqua School of Business at Duke University in Durham, N.C.

Gary Michel, Ingersoll Rand, Senior Vice President and President, Residential HVAC

Gary Michel is a 28-year veteran of Ingersoll Rand and began his career as an application engineer and subsequently held product, sales and business management roles. Prior to his current role, Gary was president of the Residential Solutions sector for Ingersoll Rand. He has served in multiple leadership roles with the company, including CEO of Club Car. Other positions held include executive director for corporate development; president of Road Development Construction Technologies; president of Utility Equipment Construction Technologies; and general management roles within the industrial businesses.

He leads the Ingersoll Rand Sales Effectiveness initiative for the enterprise, including the sales council, and is co-lead of the enterprise sustainability work with Paul Camuti, senior vice president, innovation and Chief Technology Officer.

Eric Rankin, Ingersoll Rand, Vice President, Environmental, Health and Safety

Eric Rankin is the vice president of environmental, health and safety (EHS) for Ingersoll Rand. He is a member of the operational leadership team for global integrated supply chain and the external advisory board for sustainability. Eric has overall responsibility to provide strategic leadership for all environmental, health and safety matters globally at all manufacturing operations, service locations and customer locations. Responsibilities include the development and deployment of policies and programs to reduce occupational injuries; ensure compliance with federal, state and local laws; minimize Ingersoll Rand’s impact on the environment by reducing emissions, waste and water consumption; perform due diligence and assess long-term liabilities for potential acquisitions or divestitures; and deliver responsible care for long-term environmental liabilities.

Since joining Ingersoll Rand in November 2013, Eric has been instrumental in the development of the EHS business operating system, has delivered year-over-year double-digit reductions of lost time incident rate, and was an integral part of developing Ingersoll Rand’s 2020 Climate Commitment. Prior to joining Ingersoll Rand, Eric was the manager of global EHS programs at General Electric (GE) for GE Appliances. Before that, he held a number of leadership roles across several GE businesses. Eric has a bachelor's of science degree in environmental health from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, PA..

Keith Sultana, Ingersoll Rand, Senior Vice President, Global Operations & Integrated Supply Chain

Keith Sultana was appointed senior vice president of global operations and integrated supply chain and member of Ingersoll Rand’s enterprise leadership team in October 2015. Ingersoll Rand’s family of brands includes Club Car®, Ingersoll Rand®, Thermo King® and Trane™.

The global integrated supply chain (GISC) team under Keith’s leadership has responsibility for Operational Excellence; Global Sales, Inventory & Operations Planning (SIOP) & Materials Management; Global Procurement; Advanced Manufacturing Engineering (AME) & Quality; and Environmental, Health & Safety.

Keith began his Ingersoll Rand career in November 2008 as vice president, GISC for Industrial Technologies. His career progressed to include vice president, GISC for Climate Solutions, vice president, GISC for Trane North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa), and vice president, Global Procurement.

Prior to Ingersoll Rand, Keith was with General Electric for 17 years where he held various operations and distribution leadership roles.

Keith has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan State University.

W. Scott Tew, Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand, Executive Director

Scott Tew is the founder and leader of the Center for Energy Efficiency & Sustainability at Ingersoll Rand (CEES), which supports all of the company’s strategic brands – Club Car, Ingersoll Rand, Trane and Thermo King – and is responsible for forward-looking sustainability initiatives. Since the CEES was formed in 2010, Ingersoll Rand has successfully met or exceeded its long-term goals in energy use and waste reduction, while embedding sustainability in all parts of the product development process. Key initiatives have also included launch of employee engagement and competency building programs and materiality assessments to ensure sustainability focus is in line with business drivers. The company has appeared as a top performer in both the U.S. and World Rankings for the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices (DJSI).

Scott holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in environmental science and ecology from Livingston University. He contributed to the recently released book, Practicing Sustainability, by Springer Publishing.

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