Former Wolseley exec to lead ProBuild

ProBuild Holdings has announced the appointment of Robert Marchbank, the former CEO of European operations for Wolseley, as its new CEO.  Fred Marino, who had filled the role of interim CEO for the past several months, will continue to serve as vice chairman of the company’s board of directors.

“Rob has been in the industry for nearly 30 years and brings tremendous insight and experience to ProBuild with both a strong U.S. and international business background,” Marino said. “As CEO for Europe at Wolseley, Rob successfully ran multiple business operations across 19 countries. His ability to quickly identify issues and opportunities, adjust operations and improve performance for business units across a number of diverse markets will be invaluable to ProBuild.”

Marchbank, 51, served as CEO Europe for Wolseley from 2005 until March 2010. His tenure at the U.K.-based corporation stretches back to 1982, when he joined Ferguson Enterprises, the U.S. plumbing wholesale division owned by Wolseley, where he held various positions for 19 years. Marchbank moved up the ranks at Wolseley, serving as director of strategic planning in 2001 and  director of information and processes in 2003. In 2008, he also took on the role of managing director of Wolseley U.K. and Ireland.

“I’ve spent my entire career in this industry, and I’m passionate about developing and implementing business strategies that drive profitable growth, foster innovation and improve efficiencies,” Marchbank said. “ProBuild has a unique national footprint and industry position, and I look forward to working with the dedicated team of industry leaders at ProBuild as we strive to continually improve our performance and prepare to take full advantage of any future market upturns.”

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