Christos Polyzois is director of innovation at Trane Technologies – a global climate innovator. In his current role he pursues growth opportunities through the deployment of novel technologies and business models. He joined the company in 2019 and served as controls portfolio leader at Thermo King until May 2020.
Christos specializes in refreshing product portfolios, crafting technology strategies, and navigating market disruptions induced by technological innovations. He has held technical and business positions in the digital sector (IBM, Bell Labs, Sarnoff) and in the industrial sector (Honeywell, JCI, Eaton), always bringing cutting-edge solutions to the market. In the industrial sector he has worked on industrial IoT, energy, and smart grid.
Christos brings significant experience in managing research portfolios, open innovation, partnerships and joint development agreements, complex deal structuring, and IP portfolio management (from patent prosecution to licensing to enforcement to portfolio sale). He has worked on multiple continents. He is now based in Bloomington, MN.
Christos holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the National Technical University of Athens, Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Computer Science from Princeton University and an MBA degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was named a Palmer Scholar.