Former Carrier Executive Assumes COO Role for dormakaba

Alex Housten most recently served as vice president and general manager of Carrier’s Fire & Security Products Americas business.

INDIANAPOLIS — Alex Housten has joined dormakaba as the designated new COO for Access Solutions AMER, which includes businesses in the United States, Canada, Mexico and South America.

Housten, who assumed his new role April 1, will serve as a member of the dormakaba group executive committee. Housten will be based in the company’s Americas headquarters in Indianapolis.

“The dormakaba portfolio includes some of the most trusted solutions in the access control market,” Housten states. “I’m honored to join the rest of dormakaba’s talented, forward-thinking team of professionals as a steward for our customers.”

Housten will continue to lead dormakaba with a growth-oriented strategy based on innovation, customer-first mentality and bringing the best of breed products to market to serve as a better industry partner, according to an announcement.

“Urbanization is changing the world of access,” he says. “This infrastructure shift requires new security solutions that incorporate technology appropriately and work across a wide range of demographics in increasingly diverse settings. We will continue to create products, solutions and services that help make access smarter and more secure for all of our customers.”

Before joining dormakaba, Housten held progressive leadership positions at Carrier Corp., a former subsidiary of United Technologies Corp. (UTC). His most recent role was as vice president and general manager of Carrier’s Fire & Security Products Americas business.

Housten holds Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Purdue University.

“Alex has had an outstanding track record at UTC,” says Riet Cadonau, chairman and CEO, dormakaba Group. “We are very much looking forward to his contributions as a member of our leadership team.”

With brands such as Dorma, Kaba and Best, dormakaba is a global security group based in Rümlang, Switzerland. It employs around 16,000 people in more than 50 countries. The company was formed as the result of a merger between former Kaba and former Dorma in 2015.

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