Your Otis team

There is no greater resource than our people, with their extraordinary collective talent, vision and experience.

From World Headquarters to every regional and local office across the world, our team delivers the unique mix of innovative technology, meticulous service and reassuring expertise that defines us – from the epic projects to the tiniest details.

At heart, each one of them is following a perfectly simple ethos: they’re working hard to be the absolute best at what they do, individually and together.

This is how we help to realise your most ambitious plans and exceed your expectations each day.

Hemant Jolly

Vice President & Managing Director, UK and Ireland

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Hemant Jolly

Vice President & Managing Director, UK and Ireland

Hemant has gained almost two decades of diverse experience within UTC and has been part of some spectacular recent success stories. A specialist in Marketing, Business Strategy and P&L leadership, he led a cross function team that won our largest ever new equipment contract – the Thomson line in Singapore. He was also closely involved in the complex negotiations surrounding 22 Bishopsgate in London, which was secured despite the unpredictable climate surrounding the referendum in 2016.

All Hemant’s expertise has been gained and honed in the construction and urban environment sectors, mainly in India and Asia, and he now spearheads our UK & Ireland team, bringing benefits of a truly varied career – he is one of a very select group who have worked for all three of UTC’s business divisions.

Away from his demanding and exciting work, Hemant aspires to be a good golfer and is an avid follower of Formula 1. He believes there are some good lessons to be learned from the pinnacle of motorsport too. Despite the focus on individual drivers, it is 100% a team sport, filled with gifted people at every level and also a developing ground for the very latest technology.

Ales Korotvicka

Service Director

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Ales Korotvicka

Service Director

Leading 600 staff, Ales is implementing Digital Service Transformation to ensure that we exceed customers’ expectations in lifts and escalators maintenance using the latest technology, processes, and tools.

“The customer is at the centre of everything we do,” he says. “And to have a great experience, we need to have the best tools and passionate people who are committed each day to giving the best service.”

He is responsible for the growth of the maintenance and modernisation businesses and improving the customer experience.

Equipping 400 service engineers with iPhones and proprietary apps to provide an outstanding customer service, Ales is proud that they will be able to inspect our installations, find and order the part they need, review the instructions for installing that part, consult safety procedures and more—right from wherever they’re working. With our Service Customer Relationship Management system, transparent and real time information on jobs and work history are helping to foster a closer relationship between service engineers and our customers.

Before joining Otis UK & Ireland, Ales’ career with Otis spans 11 years where he was based in Central Europe, running BIS initially and prior to that Otis Czech Republic and Slovakia. He is fluent in German, English, Czech and conversant in Russian.

A cycling enthusiast, Ales enjoys spending time with his two children and going out to music concerts.

Bertrand Rotagnon

New Equipment Director, Otis UK

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Bertrand Rotagnon

New Equipment Director, Otis UK

Bertrand Rotagnon was appointed New Equipment Director of Otis UK in July 2018, and is a member of the Executive Board of Otis UK and Ireland.

In his role, he leads the New Equipment business unit, and focuses on aligning and providing exceptional customer service across sales, marketing, and field operations to ensure slick delivery that improves our profitability, and enhances our market coverage and share of segment.

Prior to this role, Bertrand was New Equipment Sales, Marketing and Technical Director for two years.

He joined Otis in January 2011 as Senior Manager for the Otis West and North Europe High Rise Department based in Paris. He has since held various positions with increasing responsibility. Before moving to the UK, he was leading the Major Projects Department for Otis Europe and Africa.

Bertrand began his career at Bouygues Construction in 2004, where he worked for eight years. He started as a purchaser in the Paris branch, before taking the lead of the Vertical Transportation Purchasing Department for France and Europe. He then organized, centralized and led the Mechanical and Electrical Purchasing Department for Bouygues Construction’s worldwide activities and branches.

Bertrand holds a Master’s degree in Purchasing Management from the University of Grenoble (France) and an MBA from the University of Massachusetts (USA).

Preston Godwin

New Equipment Operations Director

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Preston Godwin

New Equipment Operations Director

Preston’s global career at Otis over the past 18 years has taken him from his homeland in the US to Asia and now Europe leading on the installation of our lifts in our high profile towers that are set to change city skylines, such as TwentyTwo Bishopsgate in London and Owen Street in Manchester.

He started his career as a mechanic in the US and moved into operational and managerial roles in Singapore and India including Director, New Equipment Installation, Otis Singapore from Sep 2013 to Feb 2017. There he significantly reduced operational delays installing infrastructure across our portfolio. Considering his travels, Preston has many intriguing tales about some of the best places to experience around the world. Prior to his current role, Preston worked in the EMEA Field organization.

Preston’s philosophy is that teamwork that underpins success. “It is by communicating with each other and helping to share the load will we meet our customers’ expectations,” he says.

Mandeep S. Lali

Pan TfL Director

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Mandeep S. Lali

Pan TfL Director

Mandeep joined us in 2015 from London Underground with which Otis has had a relationship for over 100 years, helping to bring one of the world’s busiest transport systems to life with the first public escalator installed in Earl’s Court Station in 1911.

Mandeep is responsible for the delivery of escalators for the London Underground and the Elizabeth line - a new railway which will increase central London rail capacity by 10% and increase choice of travel. This is part of the wider Crossrail, Europe’s largest infrastructure engineering project, which will add an estimated £42bn to the UK’s economy. The opening of the Elizabeth line in December 2018 will usher in a significant milestone in moving over 200 million passengers a year.

An ambitious and innovative engineering feat, site access to install escalators on Crossrail was extremely tight and, in some cases, with just millimetres to spare. Mandeep is proud of the role Otis UK has played. “This the epitome of complex detailed logistical planning and a very tough job to pull off. We have enjoyed rising to the challenge.”

A lover of walking and cycling with his family, Mandeep also enjoys being a culture and travel connoisseur.

David Byrne

Managing Director of Otis Ireland

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David Byrne

Managing Director of Otis Ireland

David joined UTC via the acquisition of Chubb in 2003. Since then David has been held various managerial roles, including Managing Director Fire & Security UK & Ireland - a role which David held from 2009 to 2011. David is responsible for running both Chubb and Otis in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland where our engineers are installing new equipment in the buoyant office building and housing markets.

Patrick Blethon

President, Otis Europe, Middle East and Africa

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Patrick Blethon

President, Otis Europe, Middle East and Africa

Patrick has been with us since 1991, when he joined the new equipment sales team for Otis France. He progressed through the business, becoming Director, New Equipment Operations and Marketing for Otis France in 2005.

Since then, Patrick’s career has grown from strength to strength. He became Area Director for Eastern Europe and Managing Director, Russia in 2006, before moving up to Vice President, Strategy & Business Development at our global HQ. 2012 saw him appointed as President, Pacific Asia Area and a year later he became President, South Asia Pacific for UTC Building & Industrial Systems (BIS). This encompassed numerous key challenges, such as managing the BIS businesses in India, South East Asia and Australasia. Patrick has also recently served as President BIS, Europe Region.

This exciting range of challenges has prepared and equipped Patrick well for his current position of President, Otis Europe, Middle East and Africa. Based in Brussels, his responsibilities encompass sales, marketing, installation, service, and operations across these regions.

With a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Ecole Superieure Dirigeants d’Enterprise, Paris, Patrick’s academic studies focused particularly on economics, management and human resources. In 2014 he was awarded the prestigious Chevalier de l’Ordre National du Mérite by the French government.

Judy Marks

President, Otis Elevator Co.

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Judy Marks

President, Otis Elevator Co.

A self-described technology zealot, Judy brings to the job an entrepreneur’s passion for reinventing businesses to better serve customers and grow into new markets. Her mission at Otis: to bring the energy of a startup to an iconic company that has led the industry it created for 165 years.

“We have to stay focused on the future,” she says. “And we can’t be afraid to be impatient, because change is a good, inherently positive thing.”

An engineer by training, Judy landed her first management job at 23. She went on to senior leadership roles at three global icons – IBM, Lockheed Martin and Siemens AG. She was serving as CEO of both Siemens USA and Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business, when recruited to run Otis.

She built her career on a host of challenging assignments, creating solutions for both global customers and government entities.

Judy is a big believer in the idea that technology exists to serve the common good. She applies digital technologies and uses social media to amplify the reach of her message. For Judy, leadership is about creating a sense of mission among employees. “People make a decision every day about what kind of work they’re going to do,” she says. “That’s what I love about Otis people – they know that what we do matters. With 68,000 colleagues operating in more than 1,000 branches across 200 countries and territories, we service 2 million units and touch 2 billion people every day to keep the world moving.”

Mark George

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Technology

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Mark George

Vice President, Finance & Chief Financial Officer, Strategy and Information Technology

In his 27-year career with UTC and Otis, Mark has traveled extensively around the world with varied global and regional leadership positions in the company, including a six-year period residing in Asia.

Starting at Otis in 1989, Mark had numerous roles before moving to Singapore in 1998. There, as Regional Director of Treasury and Asset Management for the Asia Pacific Region, he also worked on acquisitions and integration. In 2001, he transferred to Hong Kong where he was CFO for the South Asia Pacific region, helping restore those companies following the 1998 Asian economic crisis. He returned to the US in 2004 to lead the worldwide Otis Financial Planning & Analysis function.

His diverse background and deep interest in international business led to his move to UTC corporate in 2007 as leader for UTC Financial Planning & Analysis. From there he has added to his varied industry exposure by becoming Carrier Vice President, Finance & CFO, and later CFO for UTC Climate, Controls & Security. He was also Vice President, Finance & CFO for UTC Building & Industrial Systems.

Mark was appointed to his present role of Vice President, Finance & CFO, Strategy and IT for Otis, in October 2015.

Nora LaFreniere

Vice President and General Counsel

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Nora LaFreniere

Vice President and General Counsel

Nora has some serious working credentials with Otis. She’s held all kinds of legal positions going back to 2000.

Early in her career she was closely involved in our 150th anniversary celebrations, helping to plan and realise a range of events – it really helped Nora connect with our unique heritage and understand the personal pride that people feel being a part of Otis. This belief in the importance of individuals and great working relationships is something that Nora has embraced at every stage:

“I reflect upon my first UTC job a lot – working as a lawyer supporting branches in the southeast US exposed me to the reality of how we succeed – through the dedication of our people to servicing individual customers.”

Nora is a self-proclaimed dog fanatic – and away from work you’ll usually find her 130-pound Newfoundland, Atlas, by her side.

Nora also really enjoys seasonal activities like skiing in the winter and biking and going to the beach all summer. Her love of good food and wine lasts all year round and having travelled widely through work, she can go for some pretty exotic options.

Christian Meisner

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Christian Meisner

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Christian began his UTC career at Carrier in 2003, where he worked as Human Resources Director for global operations, before moving to Singapore to lead Carrier’s Asia Pacific HR function.

Returning to the US in 2006, Christian was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, for the global commercial HVAC business. He then joined the UTC Corporate office in 2007, where he directed the global talent function, including executive staffing, succession planning and leadership development.

A passion for sailing has equipped Christian with skills such as patience, dexterity and balance that have served him well in HR across multiple industries, including automotive, publishing and aviation. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Villanova University and a master’s degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University.

Christian is deeply interested in how investments in digital capabilities will impact the role of leaders and how they engage with their employees – something he is keeping a close eye on in his current position of Vice President and CHRO of Otis Elevator Company, which he has held since 2015. In this role, Christian leads all aspects of the global HR function. He’s also a member of the Otis Executive Committee and works closely with the senior executive team to achieve Otis’ strategic business priorities.

Tony Black

President, Service

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Tony Black

President, Service

A consummate professional, Tony brings more than 30 years’ diverse experience within UTC to his role. He joined Pratt & Whitney in 1984, before progressing through various operations and general management positions with the UTC Corporate office, UTC Fire & Security and Otis. From Director of Worldwide ACE at UTC to Managing Director of Nippon Otis, Tony moved upwards, assuming more responsibility with every step and gaining priceless expertise at the same time.

Before joining Otis Service, Tony was President, Otis China Limited where he drove dramatic growth and increased the service portfolio to more than 100,000 units under contract. He also helped to shape a more innovative and effective service business by introducing many of our advanced and pioneering processes, such as digital tools and specialised service packages for key customer segments.

Today, Tony leads our global service organisation and is a member of the Otis Executive Committee. His game-changing responsibilities include setting our global service standards, spearheading and inspiring innovation, and ensuring the success of our ambitious digital transformation strategy.

Tony gained a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Florida Atlantic University and an MBA from the Darden School at the University of Virginia.

Thierry Jomard

Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering

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Thierry Jomard

Senior Vice President, Operations and Engineering

Through numerous innovative projects, Thierry will help redefine elevation and drive the growth of engineering. His expertise and industry understanding will contribute to Otis’ global presence and its reputation as the undisputable leader in products, service and design.

A member of the European Lift Association, Thierry is at home in the world of elevation.

Within UTC, Thierry has also worked on the launch of the environmentally conscious CO2OLtec® system in the Carrier Refrigeration business.

Thierry’s academia feeds his passion and his professional work. He has a PhD, where his research earned the attention of an international jury, and he lectured on Thermodynamics and Heat Transfer at prestigious Engineering colleges in Paris and Lyon.

A lover of the great outdoors, Thierry is a keen mountain biker, scuba diver and fencer, and as a young man placed 22nd in the world rankings of international fencing.

He has 2 children that share his academic success as well as his passion for travel and scuba diving.