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Honeywell bolsters leadership team with creation of president, COO role

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Darius Adamczyk, new president and chief operating officer of Honeywell.
Darius Adamczyk, new president and chief operating officer of Honeywell. - ()

Technology and manufacturing giant Honeywell has expanded its executive roster by creating the positions of president and chief operating officer, it announced Monday.

The job will be filled by Darius Adamczyk, a veteran company executive who had been CEO and president of Honeywell’s Performance Materials and Technologies unit since 2014. Adamczyk will report to Chairman and CEO Dave Cote, and the heads of Honeywell’s various business units and its HOS Gold initiative will in turn report to him.

“Honeywell’s success over the past decade has set the stage for continued growth of our dynamic portfolio,” Cote said in a prepared statement. “Our growth strategy focuses on winning in high-growth regions, blending superior software capabilities with our advanced physical technologies to excel as a cyberindustrial company, and effectively using HOS Gold to achieve breakthrough goals with small company speed. Having a proven leader as our COO will enable us to more rapidly achieve these critical growth priorities.”

Rajeev Gautam, president of Honeywell’s UOP oil and gas unit, has been promoted to replace Adamczyk at the head of the Performance Materials and Technologies unit, while Rebecca Liebert, senior vice president/general manager of the catalysts, adsorbents and specialties business, will take over Gautam’s former role.

“Honeywell is extremely fortunate to have a deep and talented bench, and today’s leadership appointments demonstrate our ability to develop future generations of leaders,” Cote said. “I have the utmost confidence in Darius’ ability to have a significant impact in the new role of president and COO, and to work closely with Honeywell’s talented senior leadership team to drive continued growth and excellence, execute our strategic plans and deliver value to shareowners and customers.”

Adamcyzk, 50, is a native of Poland who emigrated to the United States when he was 11, Honeywell said.

“Darius is an eight-year veteran of Honeywell and an accomplished executive with a strong track record in numerous Honeywell businesses as well as in prior roles as CEO of Metrologic Instruments and several general management assignments at Ingersoll Rand,” Cote said. “He brings tremendous global perspective, operating performance, strategic insight, software capability and an understanding of how to operate with the speed of a small company and the cost-effectiveness of a large company. … Darius is absolutely the right person to help Honeywell through the changes that will undoubtedly be necessary in the future to ensure the long-term success and evolution of the company.”

Rajeev Gautam, new CEO and president of Honeywell's Performance Materials and Technologies unit.

Gautam came to Honeywell when it took over UOP, and has held leadership roles in the business’s research and development, engineering and marketing areas, as well as in the Performance Materials and Technologies unit.

“Rajeev has done a great job growing Honeywell UOP and seed planting to ensure the business can continue to outperform in a difficult environment while positioning itself for the future,” Adamczyk said in a statement. “We expect him to do the same while leading all of Honeywell PMT’s businesses.”

Liebert, who joined Honeywell in 2006, has held various leadership roles with the company since then, working in the Electronic Materials business, as well as UOP and the Catalysts, Adsorbents and Specialties unit.

“Rebecca is a proven leader with a track record of sustained achievement in multiple industries, in both good times and bad,” Gautam said in a statement. “She has the customer insights, industry knowledge and management skills to build on Honeywell UOP’s great positions within its markets and to continue to outperform.”

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