KONE announces Steve Gonzalez as Senior Vice President – New Equipment Business, Americas

Press Release Published 12-02-2022


LISLE, Ill. Dec. 2, 2022 – KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, is pleased to announce that Steve Gonzalez has been promoted to Senior Vice President – New Equipment Business, Americas, and joins the KONE Americas Leadership Team.

In his role Gonzalez will oversee all new construction sales and field operations, with additional oversight in major projects and project management development. He will continue strong collaboration with R&D and the Supply Line to optimize full chain performance.

Gonzalez brings 15 years of previous industry experience working at KONE as the Major Projects Unit Director for the Americas and leading Project Management development for the global Major Projects team. He also brings more than a decade of engineering, sales and management experience from Honeywell International and The Trane Company. Gonzalez holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Michigan.

“Steve’s success in building our Major Projects program over the years has had a tremendously positive impact on our business,” said Ken Schmid, Executive Vice President, KONE Americas. “With his ability to deeply understand our customers’ pain points and provide solutions that add value to their businesses, and his vast collaboration skills throughout the organization, I’m excited for him to take on this new role and lead our New Equipment Business.”

Gonzalez is based at the KONE Americas Headquarters in Lisle, IL, and reports directly to Ken Schmid, with dotted line reporting to Tomio Pihkala, Executive Vice President, New Equipment Business. For more information please visit KONE.us.

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