KONE Appoints Aaron Ites Head of Americas New Equipment Business

The appointment is an internal promotion for Ites, who has been with the company for 21 years

February 2, 2016 8:05 AM EST

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LISLE, Ill., Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- KONE has appointed Aaron Ites as senior vice president of New Equipment Business, Americas as of Monday, Feb. 1. As part of the role, he will be responsible for profitable growth of the new construction business in the Americas. Ites will also serve as a member of both the KONE Americas leadership team and the Global New Equipment Business management team.

Ites will oversee all new construction sales, field operations, research and development and supply across the Americas, with additional oversight in marketing and communications, major projects and project management development. Ites will ensure that the Americas New Equipment Business is closely aligned with global operations, engineering and support teams.

Beginning his career with KONE in 1995, Ites has more than 20 years of industry experience in sales, marketing, customer service, business development and operational excellence. He most recently served as a business development leader for KONE, shaping the elevator and escalator offering across KONE Americas and driving market positioning to deliver bottom-line results across the business. Previously, Ites resided in Brussels, where he led global sales and process development efforts for KONE. Ites holds a bachelor's degree in finance from Iowa State University.

"I'm proud to announce this promotion for Aaron, who has demonstrated excellence in many areas of our business, from sales and business development to R&D and management," said Larry Wash, executive vice president of KONE Americas. "We're excited to welcome him to our senior leadership team. He's an incredible asset to our organization and this role will enable him to continue building KONE's reputation as an innovative industry leader."

Ites succeeds Mikko Korte, who held this position for three years and was recently promoted to lead global operations for KONE.

About KONEKONE is one of the global leaders in the elevator and escalator industry. KONE's objective is to offer the best People Flow® experience by developing and delivering solutions that enable people to move smoothly, safely, comfortably and without waiting in buildings in an increasingly urbanizing environment. KONE provides industry-leading elevators, escalators, automatic building doors and integrated solutions to enhance the People Flow in and between buildings. KONE's services cover the entire lifetime of a building, from the design phase to maintenance, repairs and modernization solutions. In 2013, KONE had annual net sales of EUR 6.9 billion, and at the end of the year over 43,000 employees. KONE class B shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd in Finland.For more information regarding this firm see www.kone.us

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