RHEEM® ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF JOHN FITZGERALD, PROMOTION OF CHEE WEE GAN
RETIREMENT OF JOHN FITZGERALD,
PROMOTION OF CHEE WEE GAN
Fitzgerald Retires, Gan named
Senior Vice President, Strategy and Sustainability
Rheem® has announced the retirement of John Fitzgerald from
his role as Executive Vice President of Operations. “Fitz” joined Rheem in
2016 and brought more than 30 years of diverse experience from several
Fitz led many different teams and functions throughout his
career at Rheem. His vision and leadership in Brand Strategy, Enterprise
Marketing and Sports Marketing had a significant impact on Rheem’s brand
awareness. He also oversaw business-critical functions including IT,
Advanced Technology Integration, Controls Engineering, Procurement and Supply Chain
Management, and Corporate Quality.
“Fitz’s contributions to Rheem have been many, but he is
perhaps most passionate about launching Rheem’s ‘A Greater Degree of Good’ global
sustainability initiative in 2019,” said Chris Peel, President and CEO at
Rheem. “The initiative became embedded into Rheem’s culture worldwide and
changed how our company develops, manufactures, sells and supports our
“A Greater Degree of Good” resulted in significant reduction
of greenhouse gases and production waste and included training programs for
Rheem’s installation partners.
absolutely consider myself fortunate to have had the ability to work on Rheem’s
sustainability program,” said Fitz. “My Native American heritage has helped
form many of my viewpoints and priorities that influenced my efforts. My
tribe has always believed that all things in nature have their own ‘essence’ of
life. This belief clearly was tied to my passion for our ‘zero waste to
landfill’ and greenhouse gas reduction goals.”
Fitz said that “circularity,” a
key Penobscot philosophy, has influenced his viewpoints.
circular tendency was pivotal to our sustainability program, as you think about
recycling initiatives and lifecycle analysis programs,” Fitz explained. “We are
trying to understand the impact of activities and products from their raw
materials through the disposition at the end of its life.”
announced the promotion of Chee Wee Gan to a new role as Senior Vice President,
Strategy and Sustainability. Chee Wee joined Rheem in 2018 and will continue to
drive global strategic planning for the organization while advancing global brand and sustainability initiatives. Additionally,
he will continue spearheading Rheem’s global licensing strategic initiatives in
his expanded role.
sustainability initiative is on pace to meet or exceed 2025 goals, designed to
coincide with the company’s 100th anniversary.
retirement became official January 1, 2022. He has planned a series of outdoor
adventures such as climbing, rafting and hiking in destinations including Alaska,
Utah, Colorado and Oregon.