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USG hires new COO and SVP/international president

BY HBSDEALER Staff

USG Corporation has made a couple of executive appointments in line with its overall growth strategy of diversifying the company’s earnings. Effective Oct. 1, Christopher R. Griffin will leave his post as executive VP operations for the role of executive VP and COO. Additionally, Jennifer F. Scanlon will transition from VP and president, international to senior VP and president, international.

Totaling 28 years of experience in the building materials industry, Griffin has been with the company since 1997 and has held roles in sales, product management, marketing and international operations.

“Chris is an exceptionally strong leader with a deep knowledge of our industry and excellent relationships with our customers,” said James S. Metcalf, chairman, president and CEO. “He has been instrumental in successfully implementing USG’s strategy and positioning the company to take advantage of the anticipated recovery in North American housing and construction markets."

Scanlon joined the company as director of supply chain management and customer relationship management strategy in 2003. She eventually assumed responsibility for USG’s IT strategy and operations and became VP international.

“Jenny has done an outstanding job identifying international growth opportunities that will facilitate our goal of diversifying USG’s earnings,” Metcalf continued. “I am confident that our new operations in India and Oman, our joint venture in China, and our other international operations will continue to thrive under Jenny’s leadership.”

Both Griffin and Scanlon will report to Metcalf.

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Nate Young named VP global innovation at Newell Rubbermaid

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Newell Rubbermaid has appointed Nate Young to the newly created role of VP global innovation, which will involve developing the company’s innovation process.

Young will be leaving his role as president of the NewNorth Center for Design in Business, a nonprofit education and business institution. In his new role, he will work closely with the marketing and design/R&D departments to help drive innovation across the business and build a network of inventor, university and corporate innovation communities.

"Nate has already been intimately involved with Newell Rubbermaid, having led a successful series of innovation workshops for our business segments that generated hundreds of promising ideas," said Chuck Jones, Newell Rubbermaid’s chief design and R&D officer. "His familiarity with our Growth Game Plan and unique, diverse and rich experience across the corporate, consulting and education sectors make him the ideal candidate to lead our innovation efforts."

Young has 30 years of experience in boosting the innovative capacities of large organizations. Previously, he also held roles as executive VP and chief academic officer at Art Center College of Design. He is the founder of TWISThink, a Michigan-based product design and development firm.

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Trex has a new Northeast distributor

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Trex Co. is partnering with Manufacturers Reserve Supply (MRS), a New Jersey-based distributor that will supply dealers in the Northeast region with Trex’s wood-alternative decking and railing.

MRS specializes in the wholesale distribution of decking, siding, roofing and trim, mainly to lumberyards, specialty dealers and home centers in the tri-state region.

“Trex has established one of the most robust distribution networks in the industry, and our relationship with MRS will allow us to further expand our market share,” said Ron Kaplan, chairman, president and CEO of Trex. “MRS has a long-standing reputation for integrity, responsiveness and innovation, and we are confident they will provide the highest quality of service to our valued dealer partners.”

“Trex’s recognition and reputation within the wood-alternative decking and railing category is unparalleled,” said Stephen Boyd, president and CEO of MRS. “We’re excited to partner with the industry leader that offers game-changing products. Our core values and strengths will effectively complement each other to create a winning solution for our mutual customers.”

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