Lois Crandell’s career has always focused on people, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, safety, quality, and efficiency. Whether that involved the production of parts, engineering, supply chain or sourcing, her focus seemed to be in preparation for her current position as the President of Roper Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GE Appliances’ (GEA) and one of nine GEA manufacturing plants across the country. Lois and her team of 2,000 employees produce a variety of cooking products, from free-standing ranges to built-ins cooking products from wall ovens to cooktops.
Lois began her career as an industrial engineer with Corning, Inc, moving on to GE Aviation and eventually GE Appliances. She has served as President and Executive Director of Roper Corporation since 2018.
GEA is very proud that two of our plant managers are women and clearly leaders in the Industry. Historically, this would have been considered unique, but thanks to strong leaders and mentors like Lois, a growing number of women are entering, succeeding and leading in, manufacturing. Like many other women in GEA, Lois is committed to training and developing new talent. That commitment was recognized in 2018 when she was nationally recognized with a STEP Ahead Award by The Manufacturing Institute. The STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead Awards honors women in manufacturing who are making a difference through advocacy, mentorship, engagement, promotion, and leadership. Only 100 women across the nation are recognized each year.
Lois believes firmly in giving back to the communities where she lives and works. She’s served on committees and boards in many cities, from Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, to Family Scholar House and Make-A-Wish Foundation. And she brings that philosophy to the workplace, working to create a manufacturing team that believes in going beyond the walls and leading for the good of the community.