Danfoss has announced the appointment of John Sheff as its new director of public and industry affairs for North America. Sheff will succeed Mark Menzer in the role when Menzer retires in July.
Sheff previously was business development manager for Danfoss in North America, leading cross-business initiatives within buildings, including strengthening engagement with utilities and Danfoss partners to leverage incentive rebates to improve energy efficiency in existing buildings.
Sheff joined Danfoss five years ago as part of its two-year post graduate program after earning a Master of Business Administration from the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. He also holds a second master's degree from the University of Maryland's School of Architecture in real estate development and sustainable urban development. He previously worked as a policy analyst for the office of former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, where he evaluated and developed energy efficiency and renewal energy plans for the state of Maryland.
Sheff succeeds Menzer, who is preparing to retire after five years at Danfoss and 35 years in the industry, having successfully helped to raise the voice of Danfoss and its industry partners in crucial discussions throughout Washington, D.C., and within key industry associations. In 2018, Menzer was recognized by the Air-Conditioning, Heating, & Refrigeration Institute (AHRI) with its Richard C. Schulze Award for distinguished service and commitment.
"Perhaps now more than ever—as issues, standards, and regulations affecting our industry continue to evolve, having a seat at the table for critical discussions and a voice that works to ensure the needs of our industry partners and customers are heard is imperative," said John Galyen, president, Danfoss North America. "John has great perspective on core issues and will be a true asset to all of our stakeholders as, through his work in this position, we continue to work with industry to advance efficiency and sustainability policy, among others."