Hartford, Connecticut -- United Technologies Corp. has appointedPedro Baranda as president of Otis Elevator Co. Baranda succeeds Didier Michaud-Daniel, who is returning to France to become chief executive officer of Bureau Veritas.
"Pedro is exceptionally well qualified for this assignment given his demonstrated leadership capabilities, deep industry knowledge and technical expertise," said UTC chairman and ceo Louis Chenevert. "I am confident in Pedro's ability to lead Otis in delivering unmatched value to customers and UTC shareholders. His strong international experience, coupled with his outstanding customer relationships, will serve him well in his new role."
Baranda was most recently president of Otis' South Europe and Middle East area. In 2000, Baranda was among a team of Otis engineers who earned the UTC engineering award the George Mead Medal for contributions to the development of the revolutionary Gen2 elevator system. This replaced conventional steel ropes with polyurethane-coated steel belts, a unique, patented belt technology which enabled a more compact energy-efficient machine, freeing up valuable building space and reducing operating costs.
United Technologies Corp., based in Hartford, Conn., is a diversified company that provides a broad range of high technology products and support services to the building systems and aerospace industries.