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John Crowe named president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp. and CertainTeed

Post Time:Aug 30,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:108

Saint-Gobainannounced the appointment of John Crowe as president and CEO of both Saint-Gobain Corp. and CertainTeed Corp., Saint-Gobain's largest North American subsidiary.

Crowe takes on these two roles effective Sept. 1. As president and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp.,he will act as Saint-Gobain's representative in North America, overseeing the company's North American businesses and chairingits Executive Committee, according to an Aug. 30 Saint-Gobain release.

Crowe succeeds Gilles Colas, who will return to Saint-Gobain's Paris headquarters as senior vice president in charge of global strategic developments.

In addition, Crowe will assume operational responsibility for CertainTeed, following in the footsteps of Peter Dachowski, who will retire as president and CEO on Aug. 31 after 35 years of service in a wide variety of senior leadership roles at Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed.

"With more than 30 years of experience in Saint-Gobain's innovative materials businesses, John is an exceptional leader with strong operational skills," said Pierre-André de Chalendar, chairman and CEO of Saint-Gobain, in the release. "His appointment underscores Saint-Gobain's focus on leveraging its innovation and technical expertise to develop products and solutions that change the way we think about built environments. John will help CertainTeed and other Saint-Gobain businesses in North America develop innovative materials that advance the way we build today in order to meet the challenges of tomorrow."

Crowe most recently served as president of Saint-Gobain's global abrasives business, with responsibility for more than 13,000 employees and 75 manufacturing facilities in 24 countries. For 30 years, he has served in a wide range of leadership positions within Saint-Gobain group, including president of the Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics and Saint-Gobain Crystals businesses.

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