Chief Operating Officer, dormakaba
Alex Housten is the COO of dormakaba Group, a leading global provider of building access solutions. Alex has nearly 20 years of experience in the building technologies industry across various operations, commercial, and P&L leadership roles. He is known as an effective operator, customer advocate, and champion of purposeful new product developments to solve customer challenges.
Alex joined dormakaba in April 2020 as the head of the dormakaba Access Solutions Americas segment and a member of the dormakaba Group Executive Committee. In this role, he led the Americas organization through three years of comprehensive business transformation to generate growth and performance. Key transformation levers included business portfolio adjustment, optimizing sales coverage, channel development, improving product vitality, brand rationalization, customer service enhancement, manufacturing network consolidation, and business systems harmonization.
Before joining dormakaba, Alex held progressive leadership positions at Carrier Corporation, a subsidiary of the former United Technologies Corporation (UTC). His most recent role was leader of Carrier’s Fire & Security Products Americas business unit, including responsibility for the Kidde residential fire safety, Edwards commercial fire detection & alarm, LenelS2 access control, Interlogix intrusion, Supra specialty access, and Onity hospitality businesses.
Alex currently serves on the boards of the Security Industry Association (SIA) and the Chicago Fire Department Foundation. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering and Master of Business Administration degrees from Purdue University.