Alok Maskara joined Lennox International Inc. as Chief Executive Officer on May 9, 2022. Most recently he served for five years as CEO of Luxfer Holdings PLC, an international industrial company focused on advanced materials. Mr. Maskara also served for nearly a decade as president of several global business units at Pentair PLC, a leading provider of water treatment and sustainable applications. Previously he held various leadership positions at General Electric Corporation and McKinsey & Company. Mr. Maskara also serves on the board of Franklin Electric (Nasdaq: FELE) a company focused on global water and fluid solutions.
Mr. Maskara graduated with a bachelor of technology degree in chemical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in 1992 and a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of New Mexico in 1994. In 2000, he earned an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.
Prakash Bedapudi was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in July 2008. He had previously served as Vice President, Global Engineering and Program Management for Trane Inc. Commercial Systems from 2006 through 2008, and as Vice President, Engineering and Technology for Trane’s Residential Systems division from 2003 through 2006. Prior to his career at Trane, Mr. Bedapudi served in senior engineering leadership positions for GE Transportation Systems, a division of General Electric Company, and for Cummins Engine Company. He holds a bachelor of science in mechanical/automotive engineering from Karnataka University, India and a master’s of science in mechanical/aeronautical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
Gary S. Bedard was appointed Executive Vice President & President of LII’s Residential Heating & Cooling business in January 2023. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President & President of LII's Worldwide Refrigeration business, a position he held since October 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Bedard served as Vice President and General Manager, LII Residential Heating and Cooling for 12 years. He has also held the positions of Vice President, Residential Product Management, LII Worldwide Heating and Cooling, Director of Brand and Product Management, and District Manager for Lennox Industries’ New York District. Before joining LII in 1998, Mr. Bedard spent eight years at York International in product management and sales leadership roles for commercial applied and unitary systems as well as residential systems. Mr. Bedard has a bachelor’s degree in engineering management from the United States Military Academy at West Point.
Mary Ellen Mondi joined Lennox International as Vice President, LII Marketing and Communications in December 2022. After starting her career in consulting with Booz Allen Hamilton, Ms. Mondi spent 10 years at Emerson Electric working in several marketing roles eventually serving as Vice President, Marketing Communications & Digital Experience. Following her time at Emerson, she held marketing senior leadership roles at XPO Logistics and most recently at Office Depot Business Solutions. Ms. Mondi holds a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in environmental science and public policy and an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Joe Nassab was appointed Executive Vice President and President and of our North America Commercial Heating & Cooling business on May 4, 2022. He joined LII in 2010 as Vice President and General Manager of Allied Air. Before joining LII, Joe worked for 20 years at General Electric Company in a variety of general management, product management, and marketing leadership roles. Joe has a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Michigan.
Joseph W. Reitmeier was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer in July 2012. He had served as Vice President of Finance for the LII’s Commercial Heating & Cooling segment since 2007 and as Director of Internal Audit from 2005 to 2007. Before joining the Company, he held financial leadership roles at Cummins Inc. and PolyOne Corporation. He is a director of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a global provider of plumbing, heating and water quality solutions for residential, industrial, municipal and commercial settings. Mr. Reitmeier holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Akron and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He is also a Certified Public Accountant.
Daniel M. Sessa was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer in June 2007. He had previously served in numerous senior human resources and legal leadership positions for United Technologies Corporation since 1996, including Vice President, Human Resources for Otis Elevator Company - Americas from 2005 to 2007, Director, Employee Benefits and Human Resources Systems for United Technologies Corporation from 2004 to 2005, and Director, Human Resources for Pratt & Whitney from 2002 to 2004. He holds a bachelor of arts in law and society from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a juris doctor from the Hofstra University School of Law.
Jessica Smith was appointed as Vice President, Worldwide Supply Chain & Logistics. She initially joined LII in 2013 in our Residential business, serving as Director, Finance for Lennox Stores and as Director, Financial Planning & Analysis for the Residential segment. In 2020, Ms. Smith was promoted to Vice President, Financial Planning & Analysis for LII and served in that role for about one year before leaving for a finance leadership role outside of LII. Prior to joining LII, she held finance leadership roles at Carrier Enterprise. Ms. Smith holds a master’s degree in accounting from Strayer University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from East Carolina University.
John D. Torres was appointed Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary in December 2008. He had previously served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary for Freescale Semiconductor, a semiconductor manufacturer that was originally part of Motorola. He joined Motorola’s legal department as Senior Counsel in 1996 and was appointed Vice President, General Counsel of the company’s semiconductor business in 2001. Prior to joining Motorola, Mr. Torres served 13 years in private practice in Phoenix, specializing in commercial law. He holds a bachelor of arts from Notre Dame and a juris doctor from the University of Chicago.