SWORDS, Ireland–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Kristen Actis-Grande, vice president, finance for Ingersoll Rand’s
Residential HVAC and Supply business was recognized as one of 130
recipients of The Manufacturing Institute’s 2017 Women in Manufacturing
STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Award. The
STEP Ahead Awards recognize women who demonstrate excellence and
leadership in their careers and represent all levels of manufacturing,
from the factory-floor to the C-suite.
Actis-Grande leads the financial operations for Ingersoll Rand’s
Residential HVAC & Supply business, which includes leading brands such
as Trane, American Standard, Ameristar and Nexia. As one of the youngest
female vice presidents, she embodies Ingersoll Rand’s culture of
continuous improvement that drives growth, creates value, fosters
employee engagement and enhances quality to make the customer experience
Rooted in the belief that finance professionals must deliver insights
that drive performance, a concept she has tested over time, Actis-Grande
had been instrumental in influencing changes from product design and
availability to marketing strategy that has impacted nearly every aspect
of the business.
“Kristen is a role model for leadership at Ingersoll Rand and serves as
an inspiration to young women considering careers in the science,
technology, engineering and math fields,” said Gary Michel, senior vice
president and president Residential HVAC & Supply, Ingersoll Rand. “Her
ability to inspire others and engage them in aspects of STEM through
manufacturing makes her a great ambassador for our industry. We are
proud to recognize Kristen as a 2017 STEP Ahead Award honoree, and we
congratulate all of the outstanding women recognized this year.”
The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative, launched
to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry
through recognition, research, and leadership for attracting, advancing,
and retaining strong female talent.
A recent survey from Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute found that
80 percent of American manufacturing companies have a moderate to severe
shortage of available, qualified workers. Contributing to this gap is
the underrepresentation of women in the industry. While women make up
approximately 50 percent of the labor force, that number is only about
30 percent in the manufacturing labor force.
On April 20, winners of the STEP Ahead Award were recognized at a
reception in Washington, D.C., where each honoree’s story was
highlighted, including their leadership and accomplishments in
manufacturing as well as their roles in the community.
About Ingersoll Rand
Ingersoll Rand (NYSE:IR) advances the quality of life by creating
comfortable, sustainable and efficient environments. Our people and our
family of brands — including Club
King® and Trane®
— work together to enhance the quality and comfort of air in homes and
buildings; transport and protect food and perishables; and increase
industrial productivity and efficiency. We are a $13 billion global
business committed to a world of sustainable progress and enduring
results. For more information, visit www.ingersollrand.com.
About The Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute) is the 501(c)(3) affiliate
of the National Association of Manufacturers. As a non-partisan
organization, the Institute is committed to delivering leading-edge
information and services to the nation’s manufacturers. The Institute is
the authority on the attraction, qualification and development of
world-class manufacturing talent. For more information, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.
Dan Berei, 704-655-5018