ORANGE, Calif. (September 5, 2008) – The new leader of Lennox Hearth Products (LHP) will have little trouble becoming familiar with her role. Wendy Howells, who led LHP from 2003 to 2007, has returned to the position of LHP vice president and general manager, effective August 27, 2008. LHP is a business unit of Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII). .
Howells’ leadership experience and unique knowledge of LHP are expected to further facilitate LHP’s continued focus on market share growth through a well-established strategy to expand retail presence and continuously improve product offerings and service levels to customers.
“Wendy will be responsible for leading the Lennox Hearth team as we tackle a challenging and competitive market,” said Harry Bizios, president and COO, LII Commercial Heating & Cooling. “I’m confident Wendy’s leadership, drive and expertise will accelerate LHP’s market share growth and solidify its leadership position in the market place.”
Howells has more than 20 years of HVAC industry experience, having served in leadership positions with State Industries, Teledyne Laars and Carrier. Her LII career began in 2000 when she joined Excel Comfort Systems as vice president and general manager.
“I’m happy to be back and excited about the opportunities before us,” Howells said. “LHP occupies a strong market position and is well positioned for continued success.”
Offering a diverse family of products for every style and budget, Lennox Hearth Products (LHP) is a leading manufacturer of indoor and outdoor fireplaces, fireplace inserts, free-standing stoves, gas log sets, accessories and venting products for the specialty retail, residential new construction and industrial markets. LHP, based in Orange, California, is a business unit of Lennox International Inc. (NYSE: LII). Through its subsidiaries, LII is a global leader in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration markets. More information about LHP can be found at http://www.lennox.com.