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Daikin Group expansion welcomes new leadership for Daikin UK

Following the continued expansion of the Daikin Group with the acquisition of the AHT Group in November 2018, the leadership of Daikin UK has changed as of 01 March 2019.

Angela McGinlay.

Angela McGinlay, previously managing director of Daikin Air Conditioning Portugal (DAPT), has taken on the role of managing director of Daikin UK, while Martin Krutz is returning to Austria as chief executive officer of the AHT Group. Ms McGinlay has been managing director of Daikin Portugal since 2016, where she has steered the company through three years of rapid expansion. A transition period throughout March and April will ensure a successful hand-over between the business leaders.

Wim De Schacht, vice president of Daikin Europe NV said: “I have absolute confidence in Angela McGinlay’s ability to lead Daikin onwards to even greater successes. For Martin too, this represents an exciting new challenge, but one that we are sure he is more than equal to.”

Daikin Europe NV completed the acquisition of AHT Group on 22 February 2019 as part of Daikin’s strategy to strengthen its business within the refrigeration market by building on AHT’s expertise in high efficiency refrigeration and freezing systems for supermarkets and convenience stores. This acquisition aligns with Daikin’s vision of continually investing in energy efficient technologies, while focusing on social responsibility issues such as diminishing food waste throughout the cold chain.

Together with Daikin’s 2016 acquisition of the Zanotti Group, which specialises in commercial, industrial and transport refrigeration equipment, this latest acquisition aims to consolidate Daikin’s global leadership within the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.


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