Duncan Gillis Will Lead Global Leadership Team for Modular Space Solutions Provider
BALTIMORE--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Algeco Scotsman, a leading global business services provider focused on modular space and storage solutions, today announced the appointment of Duncan Gillis as chief operating officer and president of the company.
The appointment reaffirms the company’s commitment to broaden and strengthen the global management team. In this newly created position, Gillis will report to Gerry Holthaus, chairman and chief executive officer of Algeco Scotsman, and be based in Baltimore, the global corporate headquarters of Algeco Scotsman.
“As a multi-national business with operations in 20 countries throughout Europe and North America, it is imperative to have an executive dedicated to leveraging our scale and skill sets across the company,” said Gerry Holthaus, chairman and chief executive officer of Algeco Scotsman.
As chief operating officer of Algeco Scotsman, Gillis will be responsible for guiding the implementation of streamlined processes and operating efficiencies across the organization. His primary focus will be on branch and depot operations, sales and marketing, procurement, and achievement of Algeco Scotsman’s worldwide process effectiveness initiatives. Additionally, Gillis will oversee the company’s continuing investments in sustainable product solutions and customer care programs.
“When we brought together the European and North American businesses in October 2007, we envisioned integrating a chief operating officer within our global management group and Duncan is extremely well-suited to that task,” said Holthaus. “His operations, sales and marketing, team leadership, and international experience will strengthen Algeco Scotsman’s ability to meet growth goals and achieve continued success.”
Prior to joining Algeco Scotsman, Gillis held several positions with United Technologies Corporation (UTC), including president of the Global Security Products Group, which included North America and European operations, and president of Carrier’s Asia-Pacific Region while based in Singapore. Prior to his tenure at UTC, Gillis held positions with Procter & Gamble and McKinsey & Company. Gillis earned a bachelor’s degree from Cornell University, after which he served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army before returning for his master’s degree in business administration from Cornell.
“I was attracted to Algeco Scotsman for a variety of reasons, particularly the company’s reputation for exceptional customer service, effective business operations management, and consistent product innovation,” said Gillis. “The company has achieved and sustained a well-earned leadership position, maintaining its solid standing throughout economic cycles. The diversity of the customer base and geographic footprint provides some resiliency in the current economic climate. I’m delighted to join this well-established company and help guide the organization through today’s marketplace as well as lay a foundation for the future.”
About Algeco Scotsman
Algeco Scotsman is a leading global business services provider focused on modular space and storage solutions. Operating as Williams Scotsman in North America and Algeco in Europe, the group manages a fleet of more than 343,000 units, with operations in Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, United Kingdom and United States. The company’s legacy is grounded in its reputation for exceptional customer service, effective management of business operations and consistent product innovation. Algeco Scotsman’s global presence combined with its local market expertise provides exemplary service tailored to meet the unique needs of customers throughout the world.
About Williams Scotsman
Williams Scotsman offers space solutions for the construction, education, industrial, commercial/retail, healthcare, and government markets, with operations in the United States, Mexico, and Canada. Williams Scotsman serves customers’ modular space and storage needs through a vast network of local branch offices located throughout North America. In addition to its core leasing business, the company manages and develops permanent modular structures. For additional information, visit www.willscot.com, or email Michele.Cunningham@willscot.com.
Algeco offers space rental solutions throughout 17 European countries, including Belgium, The Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Russia, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and United Kingdom. Algeco serves customers in the areas of construction & infrastructure, industry, services and administration through a broad network of locations. For additional information, visit the company’s web site at www.algeco.com, or email Olivier.Delabrosse@algeco.com.