Taco HVAC appoints new president/COO.
company employee meetings at Taco facilities in Cranston and
Fall River, Taco President & CEO John Hazen White, Jr.
introduced Wil VandeWiel as the new COO of Taco, effective
Monday, December 15. As the new COO of Taco, Mr. VandeWiel will
oversee daily operations of Taco and work with John White, Jr.
and his board of directors in steering Taco’s growth forward in
the years ahead.
John White, Jr., the third generation of the White family to
lead Taco, will remain as company CEO but will refocus his
responsibilities on building new partnerships and strategic
acquisitions worldwide in pursuit of company growth and
Mr. VandeWiel, a native of the Netherlands who is also a U.S.
citizen, is an experienced executive with a track record of
building collaborative teams and achieving sustainable growth
with a number of top-tier international companies. He served as
President/CEO of DORMA GmbH, a global access control company
located in Pennsylvania, where he guided the company through a
period of outstanding growth based on a strategy of customer and
employee engagement and successful acquisitions, resulting in a
leap in profitability and substantial market share expansion.
Prior to his time at DORMA, he was Managing Director for U.S.
based Robert Bosch LLC’s Security Systems division and served in
senior leadership roles for Royal Philips N.V.
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Married with four
children, he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering from
Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands and an advanced
degree from MIT. He holds a Master Black Belt in the application of
Six-Sigma and Lean Enterprise techniques. He currently holds a board
position at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of
Business and is a member of the Founders-Society, Children’s
Hospital of Philadelphia.
As Taco’s new President and COO, Mr. VandeWiel will lead a talented
and experienced management team focused on ways to best serve Taco’s
valued customers and employees. He will report directly to John
Taco, Inc., headquartered in Cranston, R.I., is a leading
manufacturer of heating and cooling equipment, systems and
accessories for hydronic-based applications in residential,
commercial and institutional buildings worldwide. Taco is a third
generation family-owned company with manufacturing facilities in
Cranston and Fall River, Massachusetts, a sales and distribution
facility in Canada, and sales offices in Central America, the Middle
East and Asia.