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July 2014

Lennox International Partners with Jindal School


UT Dallas alumni who work at Lennox gather at the company’s Richardson headquarters with Temoc, the University's mascot.

Just a few blocks from UT Dallas, Lennox International Inc. is more than just a corporate neighbor. A strong partnership between the Naveen Jindal School of Management and Lennox has developed during the past decade, and both neighbors are pleased to share resources and brainpower alike.

Lennox, a leading provider of products for the heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration markets, employs more than 50 Jindal School alumni, including six in executive roles.

Another motivator for Lennox is access to talented and skilled applicants.

"Talent acquisition is a huge focus at Lennox," said Daniel Sessa, executive vice president and chief human resources officer at Lennox. “Any competitive edge we can gain to help build our pipeline and have access to the breadth of talent we need to achieve our ambitious goals is a major plus.

"The fact that education at the Jindal School focuses on practical application is critical, as it allows graduates to enter our business environment and from the first day have the collaborative capability that allows them to be successful at Lennox," he said.

To support education at UT Dallas, Lennox has made several major gifts to the Jindal School. Just in the past year, these gifts include an Opportunity Fund supporting the professional sales concentration, a significant contribution toward the Constantine Konstans Distinguished Professorship in Accounting and Corporate Governance, and sponsorship of the Institute for Excellence in Corporate Governance's annual conference. This collective support includes participation on advisory councils, contributions in the classroom as guest lecturers and mentors, presentations to student activity groups, and opportunities for students to shadow executives on the job.

Sessa, who has served on the Jindal School’s Advisory Council since 2010, said he believes this partnership is a key component to cultivating the local community.

"At Lennox, we want to see the community where we work and live continue to advance and thrive," he said. "We believe education is a central pillar of any community and want to play a role supporting business education and developing the next generation of leaders."

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