Daikin UK MD Martin Krutz has been selected as CEO of the AHT Group in Austria. He will be replaced by Angela McGinlay, Managing director of Daikin Portugal.

The handover in leadership, that is effective from March 1, follows Daikin’s acquisition of the AHT Group in November. Angela McGinlay originally joined Daikin UK in 2010 as midlands branch manager, later becoming corporate affairs manager. After moving to the Daikin Europe HQ in Ostend as department manager of customer service and process improvement, McGinlay became MD of Daikin Portugal in 2016. Martin Krutz’s appointment as CEO of the AHT Group builds on 28 years’ experience within the Daikin Group. Prior to his three years at Daikin UK, he held roles within the EMEA business reform office at Daikin Europe, as MD of Daikin Central Europe and Daikin Poland.

Krutz is taking over the helm at AHT from Frank Elsen, AHT’s former chief financial officer, who has been acting CEO since October. McGinlay’s place at Daikin Portugal is taken by Jan Logghe, currently section manager distributor sales within Daikin Europe. Mark Dyer, Commercial Director of Daikin UK, says, “On behalf of all Daikin UK employees, I would like to say that it has been an absolute pleasure working with Martin over the last three years, a time during which Daikin UK has grown from strength to strength. He leaves the business in a very positive position, expanding steadily with a skilled team and strong people-centred culture which, together with continued product innovations, will ensure that we are ready to take on the opportunities and challenges ahead. We look forward to welcoming Angela to take us forward on the next stage of this journey.”