Newell Rubbermaid appoints new HR officer
Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Paula S. Larson to the post of EVP and chief human resources officer, succeeding the soon-to-be-retired James M. Sweet, effective Dec. 16.
“The development of our people is at the foundation of our Growth Game Plan – and throughout her career, Paula has helped companies navigate change and empower employees to achieve sustainable growth,” said Michael Polk, Newell Rubbermaid’s president and CEO. “As we deploy our new operating model and build key capabilities to speed, Paula has the perfect combination of strategic and executional HR leadership to strengthen our talent base and support our global growth ambition.”
She will be leaving her most recent role as chief human resources officer for The Western Union Company, where she transformed the company’s personal development approach and company culture. She has also served as chief human resources officer at Invensys plc, where she was noted for her role in helping to achieve top-5 performance among the London FTSE100 in 2009.
Larson has a track record of effecting changing on a company-wide level via her career as an HR business partner and strategic consultant. She has worked in 80 countries and maintains an emphasis on cultural and geographic diversity.
Professional Builders Supply grows in N.C.
Professional Builders Supply was ranked fifth in the Triangle Business Journal’s 2013 “Fast 50” list of fastest-growing companies in the Raleigh-Durham area.
Professional Builders Supply was ranked No. 19 in 2012. This is the sixth time the company has been included in the list.
Professional Builders Supply operates in the North Carolina cities of Morrisville, Wilmington and Charlotte, plus a satellite office in Wake Forest.
Andersen rolls out 1,000,000th 100 Series window
Andersen Windows is celebrating the production of its 1-millionth 100 Series window in Garland, Texas, which it introduced a mere four years ago.
The company held an event at the Garland facility with its 400 employees to ring in the milestone. There, a commemorative window was passed around for employees to sign, which will be handed off to Texas Door and Trim, one of the company’s largest Texas dealers.
“We’re so proud that one of the most innovative windows on the market is built by the excellent employees in Garland,” said Lendall Mefford, plant manager. “The care and craftsmanship that we put into each and every window is on display in homes across Texas and the country.”
The eco-friendly window is made with reclaimed wood fiber that contains 18 to 24% recycled content. It is also designed with energy-efficiency and durability in mind: its Fibrex material is two times stronger than vinyl and doesn’t require painting.