Award Recognizes Lennox for Sustained Innovation Success


RICHARDSON, TEXAS– Lennox Industries Inc., a leading provider of innovative home comfort solutions, has been named the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Innovator (OCI) Award by the Product Development and Management Association. The OCI is the only global innovation award that recognizes companies for demonstrating sustained and quantifiable success in developing new products and services.


“We are proud to be recognized with the 2017 Outstanding Corporate Innovator Award,” said John Whinery, vice president, product management, for Lennox. “It recognizes the culture of innovation that is at the core of this company, and has been since Lennox was founded in 1895.”


For over 30 years, the OCI Award selection process has identified companies that create and capture value through innovation in developing new products. The prize recognizes sustained success in launching new products, growth from new product success, well-defined development practices and processes, and distinctive innovative characteristics and intangibles.


“Lennox’s success is grounded in a strong foundation of innovation principles and practices, executed by our exceptional team of professionals,” said Whinery.


Past OCI Award recipients include some of the largest, most recognizable brands in the world. Including Lennox Industries Inc., there have been 54 organizations granted the OCI Award over the course of its 30-year history. A few of the winners are Apple, Bausch & Lomb, BMW, Chrysler, Dow, FedEx, Harley-Davidson, Herman Miller, Hewlett-Packard, Merck, PepsiCo, Xerox and a host of others.


The OCI Award was presented to Lennox Industries at the 2017 PDMA Annual Conference, Nov. 11-15, 2017, in Chicago. For more information about PDMA’s OCI Award, visit



About PDMA

Founded in 1976, the Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the premier global advocate for product development and management professionals. Its mission is to improve the effectiveness of individuals and organizations involved in the integrated activities related to all areas of product development and management.


PDMA is the only organization that focuses on addressing this challenge by bringing together academics, professionals and solution providers in a community driven to accelerate the contribution innovation makes to the economic and professional growth of people, businesses and societies around the world. To learn more, visit


About Lennox Industries

Lennox Industries is a leading provider of customized home heating, cooling and indoor air quality products that are designed to deliver customized comfort, efficiency and functionality, with the most innovative and reliable features available.  Lennox has been honored four times by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy as an ENERGY STAR Manufacturing Partner of the Year for its outstanding contribution to developing and promoting energy-efficient products.  For more information about Lennox home comfort products, visit, call 1-800-9-LENNOX, or find us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.