WaterFurnace International, Inc. has named John C. Thomas as president and chief executive officer. Thomas takes over from 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.," said Kjell Ekermo, chairman of WaterFurnace Group. "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 his most recent role as Vice President - Asia Pacific.

Thomas is a graduate of The Ohio State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering.