Changes at UTC

New roles for Barry, Orbegoso, Haskins, Hamberlin
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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

HARTFORD, Conn.—Since UTC announced Sept. 28 that it merged UTC Fire & Security and Carrier Corp to form UTC Climate, Controls and Security Systems under the leadership of Geraud Darnis, more personnel changes have been made that affect the security and fire businesses.

Mark Barry, who in May was named president of UTC Fire & Security’s Global Fire Product, has been appointed president of Automation & Controls Solutions. A Nov. 10 press conference, where Barry was to explain his new role and the new organization’s business structure was cancelled and has not yet been rescheduled

However, Security Systems News received copies of two internal notices—with limited distribution externally—that explain further personnel changes. In a Sept. 30 message from Darnis to some integrator customers, Darnis said Barry’s new division, Automation & Controls Solutions, comprises all “detection and control devices that sense, operate, interface, detect, communicate and manage HVAC, fire and security systems in buildings and other applications around the world. It includes building automation with Automated Logic Corporation, HVAC controls with Carrier Electronics, security access controls with Lenel, security panel controls and videos with Interlogix, fire detection and suppression including specialty detection as well as fire fighting."

He said this “strategic move unlocks a terrific growth platform and opportunity with combined revenues approaching $3 billion, which will allow us to compete more efficiently in the global marketplace."

An Oct. 21 notice sent to some integrators announced that Laird Hamberlin will lead Building Automation & Access Controls, which will includes building automation with Automated Logic Corporation, enterprise security management with Lenel and intelligent locking devices with Onity. “This strategic combination provides a growth platform, which will allow us to compete more effectively in the building management space including the fast-growing emerging markets,” the notice said.

Bob Haskins will lead the Sensing & Controls unit, which will comprise all security panels, intrusion detection, video, HVAC controls and key management products. It includes the current operations of the Interlogix, Carrier Electronics and Supra businesses. “This grouping provides for significant technical and manufacturing excellence in the area of embedded software-driven devices,” the notice said.

Luis Orbegoso, formerly head of Lenel, will lead Detection & Alarm, a unit which includes fire alarm panels, fire detection, mass notification, combustion controls, and specialty and high hazard detection. It encompasses the current operations of the Autronica, Edwards, Kidde Airsense, Detector, and Combustion Control businesses. “Together the group will be a world leader in the design and manufacture of detection devices and will offer additional channels to market for existing products,” the notice said.

Geraud Darnis’s note said that UTC Climate, Controls and Security Systems will operate through five business units, two which will operate globally: Barry’s Automation & Controls Solutions and Transicol. The three remaining business units will serve customers in the Americas; Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA); and Asia regions. He also announced that Climate, Controls & Security Systems – Americas will be led by Bob McDonough and comprises Carrier’s Residential and Commercial Systems (RCS), Fire & Security field operations in North America (AFSS), Fire & Security’s Global, Residential and Commercial business (GRC) and Carrier’s Latin American Operations with combined revenues approaching $6 billion.