Global reach, single focus

The Smardt team shares more than 25 years' experience working with power electronics, magnetic bearings and oil-free centrifugal chillers.

Pioneer and world leader in high-efficiency oil-free chillers​

Smardt’s founder Roger Richmond-Smith and his technical partner Ron Conry started Turbocor oil-free compressor development in 1993 in Melbourne, Australia. Their team moved to Montreal, Canada, in 2000 to complete this breakthrough technology’s development and its 2003 commercial launch. Turbocor partnered with Danfoss in 2004 when Roger retired to academia in Paris. In 2005, he partnered with the U.K.’s Direct Energy to start Smardt as the world’s first chiller company dedicated solely to high-efficiency lowest-lifetime-cost oil-free centrifugals.

Today, Smardt’s pioneering commitment since 2005 has already dramatically cut global chiller energy consumption and owner operating costs with over 10,000 Smardt chillers now operating. This decarbonization and innovation campaign continues into the long term. 

Company History

Management Team

Roger Richmond-Smith

Chairman Emeritus

Ashraf Abdala

President & Chief Executive Officer

Lucie Roy

Chief Financial Officer

Greg Tutwiler

Chief Technology Officer

Dr. Guy Phuong

Director of Global Research & Development Programs

Joe D’Antonio

Global Technical Support Director


Laurence Raza

CFO, Americas

Asim Ahmed

Service Manager, Americas

Joseph Bissi

Engineering Manager

Scott Johnson

Manufacturing Manager

Asia Pacific

Anish Ahuja


Andy Cross

Manufacturing Manager

Amir Modirzareh

Engineering Manager

Simon Paisley

National Sales Manager AUS/NZ


Jeff He

General Manager

Winston Chow

Sales Director

Hong Kong

Kenneth Lee

General Manager


Ken Lim

Ken Lim

General Manager, Southeast Asia

Ayu Sarahasri

Finance Manager

Eugene Leong

Service Manager


Peter England

General Manager

Andrew Chapman

Engineering Manager

Oliver Miles

Sales and Procurement Manager


Kay Wyrwich

General Manager

Iris Lutz

Chief Financial Officer

Christian Richter

Product Manager Data Center Cooling EMEA

Bruno Welter

Engineering Manager

Sebastien Abel

Service Manager

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