HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) – United Technologies Corp. has announced the appointment of Pedro Baranda as the new president of its Otis Elevator Co. subsidiary.

UTC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Louis Chenevert said in a statement Tuesday that the 48-year-old Baranda has a deep knowledge of the industry, technical expertise and strong international experience.

Baranda will take the helm of Farmington, Conn.-based Otis after having served most recently as president of the elevator company’s South Europe and Middle East area. He succeeds Didier Michaud-Daniel, who is heading to France to become chief executive officer of Bureau Veritas.

Hartford-based UTC hired Baranda in 1993 as a research engineer at the United Technologies Research Center in Madrid, Spain. He transferred to Otis as principal engineer in 1997 and has held several executive positions in the company.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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