Danfoss Drives welcomes Sheila Lenss as new Americas leader

Mike Edwards   

News People in Process Americas appointment Danfoss Drives Sheila Lenss

Danfoss has announced that Sheila Lenss has joined as vice president, head of its Americas Drives business. Lenss (above), who began her new role on September 12, replaces Ian Barrie, who is retiring after 28 years at Danfoss. She brings more than 20 years of executive business leadership to the role.

Danfoss Drives is a significant player in the market, and I appreciate all that our Americas team has done to get us to this point,” said Barrie.

“We are able to offer the full value chain – manufacturing, research & development and sales and service operations – which allows us to be more responsive and efficient with our customers, and Sheila is the ideal leader to continue our growth trajectory.”

Lenss joins Danfoss from Carrier, where she was leading their industrial fire (Oil & Gas) vertical business. Prior to working at Carrier, Lenss held various marketing, sales, and operations leadership roles with Honeywell both domestically and globally. She has also worked with start-up and mid-size B2B companies in industrial and commercial markets.

“I am excited to join Danfoss Drives and continue to strengthen our performance in North and Latin America,” said Lenss. “North America in particular offers significant growth for Danfoss as the world recovers from the pandemic and we will continue to invest in our core markets and new opportunities.”

Lenss has a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of St. Thomas and has completed executive education programs at Harvard University and Boston University. She is Six Sigma certified.

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