Electrical engineering alum to lead elevator, escalator company set to spin off from United Technologies

United Technologies Corp. has appointed electrical engineering alumna Judy F. Marks '84 as president and chief executive officer of Otis, a leading global elevator and escalator company, effective immediately.

"I'm privileged to lead our 68,000 Otis colleagues into the future," says Marks, who joined United Technologies as president of Otis in 2017. "We continue to differentiate our business through a relentless focus on our customers, unparalleled experience and expertise, a committed workforce, continuous innovation and application of digital technologies across our enterprise." 
In 2018, United Technologies announced its intention to separate its commercial businesses, Otis and Carrier (formerly CCS), into independent entities. 
In her 30-plus years in industry, Marks has witnessed technological advances while applying emerging and mature technologies in a way that benefits society. Today, Otis is taking its deep knowledge of the hoistway and using it to create digital solutions that serve customers’ needs in an era of intelligent buildings. This includes IoT-based service solutions with proactive data analytics for predictive maintenance; advanced video analytics and dispatching systems to manage varying traffic patterns; and a new generation of elevators that are connected, smarter, data rich, safer, and more efficient and comfortable.
Marks has held senior leadership roles at three global icons—IBM, Lockheed Martin, and Siemens AG. She was serving as CEO of both Siemens USA and Dresser-Rand, a Siemens business, prior to joining Otis. 
She built her career on a host of challenging assignments, creating solutions for both global customers and government entities. A self-described technology zealot, Marks applies digital technologies and actively uses social media to amplify the reach of her messages.
In 2017, Marks was named to the Top 50 Most Powerful Women in Technology and received the Excellence in Leadership Award from the International Society of Automation. She also serves as a Director of Hubbell Inc.