Howden appoints Harold Lang as its China president

22nd October 2021
Louis Regnier

Howden Group, a provider of mission critical air and gas handling products, technologies and services, has strengthened its team in China by appointing Harold Lang as group vice president and China president.


From the 1st of November 2021, Harold Lang replaces Soren Jensen, who retired from the company at the end of September 2021. In this role, Harold will be responsible for the leadership of Howden across China and continuing profitable growth within its key areas including: waste water, mining, hydrogen production, steel production, petrochemical, oil & gas, general industrial and power generation industries. 

Harold brings with him extensive experience in manufacturing, commercial and senior leadership from across a range of industries. Most recently he was president, and board member, of Far East Holdings Group. Prior to his role with Far East Holdings, Harold was chairman and CEO of Weichai International in the Weichai Group and he has held various leadership roles in Terex Corporation, York International and United Technologies Corporation.

Ross Shuster, Howden Group CEO, comments: “We are pleased to welcome Harold to Howden as he brings considerable business and industry strength to our business in China. As a company with a long history and strong presence in China, with over 1000 employees and operations across seven cities in the country, Harold will further our vision of enabling our customers’ vital processes to create a more sustainable world.”

Commenting on his appointment, Harold adds: “I am excited to join Howden, a prestigious brand and a business that is growing globally with market leading innovations. As Howden and the China business continue to expand, I’m looking forward to driving the development of sustainable solutions and creating value for our customers while growing our capabilities and services.”

Originally from Chongqing, China, Harold received a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Central China University of Technology and Science, as well as a Master’s of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon, an MBA from Purdue University, and a Doctorate in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Howden focuses on helping customers increase the efficiency and effectiveness of their air and gas handling processes, enabling them to make sustainable improvements in their environmental impact. Howden designs, manufactures and supplies products, solutions and services to customers around the world across highly diversified end-markets and geographies.

With over 100 years of experience in the compression of hydrogen, Howden plays a key role across the hydrogen value chain with its, broad compression technologies and solutions. Howden recently announced a contract to supply a hydrogen compression solution for use in the world’s largest hydrogen refuelling station (HRS) for Hypower in Beijing. 

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