LG’s new AC exec, Steven Scarbrough

By Alan Wolf, YSN

LG Electronics has appointed Steven Scarbrough senior VP/general manager of Air Conditioning Technologies, with responsibility for leading LG’s commercial, residential and applied air conditioning businesses in the U.S.

Scarbrough, a former president of HVAC distributor Climatic Comfort Products, succeeds Kevin McNamara, who has retired from LG.

In his new role, Scarbrough is based out of LG’s U.S. air conditioning headquarters in Alpharetta, Ga., where he reports to corporate senior VP DJ Kang, who heads the domestic division of LG Electronics Air Solutions.

“Steve’s broad experience in the residential and commercial air conditioning sector will take our vision to the next level,” Kang said in a statement. “His market expertise and focus on the customer and strategic growth will help strengthen our position as an HVAC industry innovator.”

Indeed, following his tenure at Climatic, Scarbrough spent a decade at Mitsubishi Electric Trane HVAC U.S., where he held a variety of key roles including VP of the company’s U.S. residential business. In announcing his appointment, LG emphasized his “strong sales leadership capability, industry experience and expertise in wholesale distribution sales management.”

“LG has made tremendous inroads over the past decade with an incredible leadership team and has a well-defined vision for bringing groundbreaking HVAC products and controls to market,” Scarbrough said. “My focus is to build on this momentum to help the business achieve its full potential while further increasing recognition of the powerful reputation the LG brand has created in the HVAC industry.”

LG describes its Air Conditioning Technologies unit as “a leading player in the global air conditioning market,” manufacturing both commercial and residential air conditioners and providing total sustainability and building management solutions. It’s wide heating, ventilation and AC product line spans consumer and individual units to industrial and specialized air conditioning systems, while the company’s variable refrigerant flow (VRF) technology minimizes efficiency losses, provides sustainable energy savings and offers some of the industry’s lowest life-cycle cost, LG said.