Chief Executive Officer
Stuart Prior is an award-winning executive who has provided sustained profitable growth for a multinational corporation with operations throughout the Americas. His experience includes operations, sales, service, engineering, manufacturing, finance, Board leadership, mergers and acquisitions, and strategic planning. He has a successful track record and vast expertise successfully running multiple domestic and international operations.
Stuart is currently the CEO of Emerald Transformer, the largest transformer services company in the United States. In addition to his duties as CEO of Emerald Transformer, Stuart serves on various boards including Lerch Bates Inc. and CEO Trust.
Previously Stuart served as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Field & Factory Operations for Latin America and Brazil for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. His assignment also included board duties as President of the ThyssenKrupp Elevator Brazil and Bahamas Board of Directors. He directly oversaw a Business Unit with $1 billion in turnover operating in 15 Latin America countries including Mexico, Brazil and the Caribbean. The region included 6500 field, manufacturing and engineering employees in 92 branches and one manufacturing facility. The manufacturing facility located in Porte Alegre, Brazil produced over five thousand elevators annually and is the only ThyssenKrupp facility that is carbon neutral.
Prior to being named CEO in 2010, his previous assignment was Chief Operations Officer (COO) of ThyssenKrupp’s Latin America and Brazil field operations. As COO Stuart supervised new market development, acquisitions, process improvement, cash management, non-desirable market exit strategies, safety and compliance.
He has a long history of excellent safety and compliance performance, achieving an annual safety frequency rate under 3.0 per 200,000 hours worked.
Previous roles for ThyssenKrupp include Executive Vice-President of Product Sales and Marketing for the Americas Operating Unit.
In 2004, Stuart received the President's Award for increasing sales by 20%. In a previous role as District Manager in Dallas, the District was recognized with awards as the highest profit organization in the company.
Stuart currently serves on the Communications Board for the National Elevator Industry, Inc.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Stuart has since gone on to further develop his professional skills through management and executive board training, including executive board training at Harvard University, Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and the European School of Management.