USA: Thomas Hume Laidman, a founder of Carrier Transicold and former vice president of Carrier Refrigeration, has died at the age of 87.
Following military service, Laidman joined Carrier Corporation in 1957 as an industrial engineer. During a 44 year career, he served in five different divisions of Carrier, participating in the company’s growth from a largely domestic supplier to a global leader.
He worked in all divisions, overseeing the opening of manufacturing plants and joint ventures in Asia, South America, Africa, Europe and Central America as well as the United States.
Laidman was one of the founders of Carrier Transicold and in 1997 joined with others in the development of Carrier Refrigeration. He retired in 2001 as Carrier Refrigeration’s vice president of worldwide operations.