Schneider Electric, the global company in the digital transformation of energy management and automation, announced the appointment of Heather Cykoski as senior vice president, Industrial Automation, U.S.A. & Process Automation, Canada.
In this role, Cykoski is focusing on accelerating growth of industrial automation, inclusive of discrete, hybrid, and process manufacturing, in the U.S. and Canada. She will also work closely with local and global stakeholders — including AVEVA, partners and customers — to address the industry’s green energy trilemma of balancing modernization plans; managing security concerns; and working within limited resources.
Schneider Electric notes its solutions will help the industry overcome these challenges, providing greater process insight and new levels of data sharing to optimize efficiency and lower operating costs.
“Automation is a cornerstone of the manufacturing sector’s growth and a critical element to Schneider Electric’s continued success,” says Aamir Paul, president, North America Operations. “Heather’s extensive experience with customers and technology, as well as her passion for sustainability, provide a unique insight to guide her in furthering our Industrial Automation group’s impact across North America.”
Per a statement, this is a return for Cykoski who started her 25-year career with the Foxboro Company, a maker of controllers founded in 1908 and acquired by Schneider Electric in 2014. She then built a career through strategic roles in engineering, business development, and marketing. In her role, she led teams around the world and across the energy value chain.
According to the company, Cykoski’s leadership, the industrial automation division will leverage Schneider Electric’s innovative hardware, open software and services portfolio to be its customers’ digitization and automation partner for sustainability and resiliency.
“I’m excited to join a group that is deepening customer relationships and ensuring that we continue to meet and exceed their evolving needs across multiple segments,” says Cykoski. “Whether building new operations or modernizing brownfield facilities, we have the opportunity to help customers increase operational reliability, reduce energy usage, and make strides towards sustainability goals – all at the same time.”
In addition to her professional experience, Cykoski serves on the Board of Directors of Fluitron and the World of Affairs Council. She is also a member of Advancing Women Executives and the Global Women’s Forum for Economy & Society, and is a strong advocate for women in STEM. She has been recognized for her leadership with numerous honors. These include the Gamechangers Progress Champion Award and WeQual Americas Leadership Excellence Award. Per a statement, Cykoski was also named to the 10 Most Influential Women in Technology in 2020.
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