LONDON, United Kingdom - November 20, 2017 - Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) announced today that it has named Lynnette Heath as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO), Jon Lammers as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, and Ben Sommerness as Executive Vice President, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer for Pentair's Electrical business, which is expected to separate from Pentair's Water business in the second quarter of 2018, forming two independent, publicly-traded companies. As previously announced, the future Electrical company will be named nVent Electric plc ("nVent").
"I am excited to have these talented leaders join my senior leadership team and am confident that we have identified the best team to execute on our vision as a high performance electrical company," said Beth Wozniak, Senior Vice President and President, Pentair Electrical, and future nVent CEO. "Filling these leadership roles is an important milestone toward our completion of Pentair's separation into two leading public companies."
Ms. Heath joins as Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer from Twin Cities-based Entrust Datacard, where she served as Senior Vice President of Global Human Resources since 2009. Previously, she served in HR roles at General Electric, McKesson Corp. and Northern States Power (now Xcel Energy).
Mr. Lammers joins as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from Wichita-based Foulston Siefkin. Previously he served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Spirit AeroSystems and held various senior legal roles at Cargill in Minneapolis, Wichita and Singapore. Prior to his corporate experience, Mr. Lammers practiced law at Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly and Paul Hastings.
Mr. Sommerness joins as Executive Vice President, Chief Growth and Strategy Officer from Twin Cities-based Smiths Medical, where he served as Vice President of Global Strategy and Transformation since 2010. Previously he served in leadership roles at the Boston Consulting Group, Talmadge Consulting and G&K Services.
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Pentair plc (NYSE: PNR) is a global company dedicated to building a safer, more sustainable world. Pentair delivers industry leading products, services and solutions that help people make the best use of the resources they rely on most. Its technology moves the world forward by ensuring that water is plentiful, useful and pure, and that critical equipment and those near it are protected. With 2016 revenues of $4.9 billion, Pentair employs approximately 19,000 people worldwide. To learn more, visit pentair.com.
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