Carnell replaces Erik Sparby who has accepted the role of general manager, Customer Center CR Greater China. Carnell will lead the company in growing each of its product lines, including construction tools, portable energy and road construction equipment, within the contractor, dealer and rental industries across North America.
“Atlas Copco has always been committed to the success of this industry, which is also something I’m passionate about,” Carnell said. “I look forward to driving that commitment and building our support network in North America even further.”
Carnell brings more than 32 years of industry experience to his role, the last 10 of which have been with Atlas Copco. Carnell served as the business line manager for the Atlas Copco portable energy business area, where he led the market expansion of the air compressor and generator lines. Just prior to his new role, Carnell was the president of Atlas Copco Rental in North America, based in LaPorte, Texas.
Carnell said he looks forward to renewing relationships with the construction industry, including dealers and rental centers as well as with the Atlas Copco support team. His depth of knowledge of the company and product lines will provide a seamless transition and allow him to ramp up efforts quickly while his fresh perspective will help drive growth even faster.
“It’s not just about me or Atlas Copco,” Carnell said. “It’s about the customers and what they need, Atlas Copco and the equipment it can provide them, and our strong support team. I want to help bring that all together.”
Carnell will be based in Rock Hill, South Carolina, where Atlas Copco’s new 180,000-square-foot manufacturing facility will open the spring of 2017. The new Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design-certified space will help the company grow with customers’ demands and offer a wide reach of customer support.
“Our new, larger plant shows our continued investment in the North American market and I look forward to seeing its impact,” Carnell said. “We are not just talking about growing or being the best, we are putting the money and effort behind it so we can give customers here what they want and need to be successful.”