Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division Announces New Business Unit Marketing Managers

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

SUWANEE, Ga., January 9, 2013 - To support its continued growth, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division, America's No. 1 selling brand of ductless cooling and heating technology, has appointed five marketing managers to support its Business Units (BUs).

The BU marketing manager position is new for Mitsubishi Electric, following the change from sales zones to business units earlier last year. Mitsubishi Electric restructured its four national sales zones into five Business Units: Central BU, Northeast BU, South BU, Southwest BU and West BU.

As BU marketing managers, Lee Bergstrom, Patty Gillette, Sherry Pettite, Jim Topalian and Christina Thrift will assist the Mitsubishi Electric BUs and the company's network of distributors in creating and implementing marketing programs to achieve sales goals.

"We created the new BU structure to give each sales zone more responsibility and influence to meet the growth goals for our business," says Bud Nardello, vice president of sales, Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division. "This new marketing position will provide support to ensure that each BU is positioned to succeed."

Lee Bergstrom has been promoted to business unit marketing manager for the Central BU. Bergstrom previously worked as channel marketing specialist at the Mitsubishi Electric headquarters in Suwanee, Ga., and brings his wealth of knowledge in working with wholesale distribution and HVAC contractors across the country.

Patty Gillette has been hired as business unit marketing manager for the Northeast BU. Gillette has more than 20 years of marketing experience, most recently with one of Mitsubishi Electric's distributors, S.G. Torrice, Wilmington, Mass. She has also worked as a marketing and public relations director for a New England utility company. Gillette holds a master's degree from Northeastern University, Boston.

Sherry Pettite joins the Mitsubishi Electric team as business unit marketing manager for the South BU. Pettite has extensive sales and marketing experience in creating strategic customer initiatives, most recently with Advanced Distributor Products, Stone Mountain, Ga., a division of Lennox International. Pettite earned a bachelor's degree in Business Management from David Lipscomb University, Nashville, Tenn.

Jim Topalian has been hired as the business unit marketing manager for the West BU. Topalian comes to Mitsubishi Electric after more than 20 years at Alpine Electronics, Torrance, Calif. He brings his knowledge of brand management and strategic planning to the team. Topalian graduated from Pepperdine University, Malibu, Calif., with a bachelor's degree in business administration and management.

Christina Thrift has been hired as the business unit marketing manager for Southwest BU. Thrift comes to Mitsubishi Electric with strong branding experience with iconic brands such as Coca-Cola and Popeye's Chicken, Atlanta. She holds a bachelor's degree in marketing from Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, Texas.

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About Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division
Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division is headquartered in Suwanee, Ga. We are a leading marketer of Mitsubishi Electric intelligent air-conditioning and heating technology in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Bermuda. In 1982, we introduced our state-of-the-art, split-ductless air conditioners and heat pumps in North America. We expanded our product line with variable refrigerant flow (VRF) zoning heat pump systems using INVERTER technology to offer simultaneous cooling and heating capabilities. We also offer compressors and a full line of air-conditioning accessories. Mitsubishi Electric's HVAC products have won numerous awards for innovation and excellence, including a 2013 Top Products Award from Building Operating Management, a 2012 Product Innovation Award from Architectural Products, a 2012 Record Products Award from Architectural Record, a 2012 BuildingGreen Top-10 Products Award for split-ductless and VRF systems, and the 2011 AHR Expo Product of the Year Award for the Dedicated Outdoor Air System. For more information, visit or follow Mitsubishi Electric US Cooling & Heating Division on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.


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