KONE has appointed Danilo Elez as senior vice president of the services business for the Americas. Elez will report to Larry Wash, KONE Americas CEO, and will serve as a member of the Americas senior leadership team. He will also be an extended member of the global services leadership team, to develop and facilitate KONE’s strategy.

Elez will lead KONE’s service and maintenance business across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, providing overall leadership and management of the company’s complex and dynamic business. He will be located at the KONE Americas headquarters in Lisle, Ill.

Prior to joining KONE, Elez led product and channel management in Latin America for Trane and Thermo King, brands of Ingersoll Rand. His most recent roles were vice president and general manager of Thermo King Latin America and vice president of business development for Trane Global Services.

Over his 20-year career, Elez has led businesses for Ingersoll Rand and Trane in Asia, Europe and the Americas. His efforts have been focused on driving growth and innovation in residential, commercial and industrial businesses with both direct and indirect distribution market strategies. He is a Fulbright scholar with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and economics from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Chicago.

“Danilo brings both experience and leadership to KONE,” said Wash. “He will help us build on our solid track record of providing competent service to our customers and contribute to advancing our business across the Americas.”