WaterFurnace International Inc., the Fort Wayne, Ind.-based manufacturer of geothermal and water-source heat pumps, recently named John C. Thomas president and chief executive officer (CEO).

Thomas succeeds Fred Andriano, who served as interim CEO. Andriano will continue his financial roles within NIBE and WaterFurnace.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome John to the NIBE family as president and chief executive officer of WaterFurnace International Inc.,” Kjell Ekermo, chairman, WaterFurnace Group, said. “I am especially pleased that he hails not only from Fort Wayne, but also has deep roots within Regal Beloit, an important supplier that has served WaterFurnace well for many years.”

Thomas’ career with Regal, as well as General Electric, spans several decades, a succession of progressively responsible roles and several corporate structures, including GE Power Systems and Industrial Systems. His senior leadership positions have included vice president, HVAC; vice president, global sourcing; vice president, global technology; and, most recently, vice president, Asia Pacific.

Thomas has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from The Ohio State University.