Bristol Compressors International, Inc., a leading global producer of compressors for use in air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration systems, announces the appointment of two vice presidents within its senior management team. Vicky Kiser has been promoted to vice president of finance, and John Young has been named vice president of supply chain.

As vice president of finance, Kiser will oversee all financial functions for the company, including cost accounting, general accounting and financial reporting, tax, treasury and information technology. She joined Bristol Compressors in 2007 and since that time has served as cost accounting manager, assistant controller and most recently as controller, when she shared CFO responsibilities with the former CEO. Her focus will be working with the senior management team to help achieve the stragetic goals and objectives of the company.

In his role as vice president of supply chain, Young will be responsible for purchasing, planning/scheduling, warehouse/logistics, customer service and supplier cost productivity. He will focus on promoting lean manufacturing, as well as improving execution systems and best practices throughout the company.  

“Vicky and John are proven leaders in their respective fields, and we are fortunate to have this caliber of management on our team,” says Ed Gniewek, CEO of Bristol Compressors. “I look forward to working with them on key projects at this important time in our company’s history – as we continue to focus on customer service, research, product development and growth.”

In addition to her experience at Bristol Compressors, Kiser’s 15-year career in financial management and accounting has included responsibilities for supply chain, inventory, shipping and receiving, and human resource functions. Kiser holds a B.S. in management with a concentration in accounting from Emory & Henry College in Emory, Va. 

"Bristol Compressors has completed an operational turnaround, which greatly improves our financial strength," Kiser says. "We are well positioned for new product development and growth, and it's exciting to be a part of it."

Young joins Bristol Compressors with 20 years’ experience in supply chain management. His extensive career has included managing multi-sites at Bose, ACT Manufacturing, Plexus and Trane (a business of Ingersoll-Rand), all of which are well known for their excellence in world-class supply chain management.

He most recently served as senior consultant for Ultriva, Inc., a company specializing in lean supply factory execution software. Prior to working at Ultriva, Young was materials and supply chain leader for Trane in Vidalia, Ga., where his efforts in lean manufacturing and Six Sigma excellence earned him the President’s Award and other industry-wide recognition. He holds a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina.

“Bristol Compressors is well known in the industry, and I am pleased to join this world-class producer,” Young says. “Supply chain is an important part of the production process, and I will be concentrating on manufacturing practices, in addition to building on longstanding supplier relationships and forming new ones.”

About Bristol Compressors

Headquartered in Bristol, Va., Bristol Compressors designs and manufactures hermetic reciprocating compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. The company supplies compressors to original equipment manufacturers and wholesale distributors on six continents and in more than 60 countries around the world.