UTC names 2 new directors

BY Gregory Seay

HBJ File Photo
HBJ File Photo
UTC's Farmington headquarters.
United Technologies Corp. has named the current and former heads of a pair of U.S. global industrial-equipment makers to the board of the Farmington manufacturing conglomerate.

UTC Chairman and CEO Gregory J. Hayes announced Thursday his company will seat Denise L. Ramos, who is retiring Jan. 1 as CEO of ITT Inc., of White Plains, N.Y., and Christopher J. Kearney, former chairman and CEO of SPX FLOW Inc., of Charlotte, N.C., effective Dec. 10.

"Denise and Chris are accomplished global business leaders with deep expertise and experience in industrial markets," Hayes said in a statement.

Before taking the CEO reins, Ramos was ITT's finance chief. Previously, she was chief financial officer of Furniture Brands International and the U.S. division of KFC Corp. Ramos began her career in the oil and gas industry at Atlantic Richfield Co. She is a director of Phillips 66 and has a finance MBA from the University of Chicago.

Before retiring, Kearney was SPX chairman through May 2017 and was CEO and president through 2015. He served in the same roles at SPX Corp. before it spun-off SPX FLOW. He was also general counsel of SPX Corp. earlier in his career.

Kearney is a director of steel giant Nucor Corp. He earned a law degree from DePaul University Law School.

UTC's divisions include Pratt & Whitney Co., Otis Corp.,UTC Aerospace Systems, and UTC Climate, Controls & Security.