Volume 12, Issue 4 - July/August 2010

industry insiders
people in the news

NOVUS® Glass Promotes Andersen; Also Hires Franchise Development Coordinator
NOVUS Franchising Inc. has promoted Ted Andersen to vice president, franchise sales and development. Andersen will continue his role of managing the Eastern region while overseeing new franchise sales efforts and the franchise development staff, according to the company.

In addition, NOVUS has hired Adam Petersen to serve as franchise development coordinator. Petersen will coordinate and manage NOVUS franchise leads in this position, and also will assist Jim Olson, director of franchise development, and the company’s marketing team in coordinating electronic sales lead process.

Lastly, NOVUS also has re-aligned its reporting structure and senior vice president Keith Beveridge now oversees the company’s training department and national program administration.

Glass America Hires Online Media Strategist
Glass America has hired Justin Bradford as its online media strategist. In this new role, Bradford will further the development of the company’s website, and will work to optimize the company’s online advertising campaigns.

Bradford will report to Nathan Edwards, vice president of business support, and will be based in the company’s regional office in Murfreesboro, Tenn. Bradford previously served as alumni relations and online media coordinator for Cumberland University.

Auto Windscreens Appoints New Pricing and Costing Manager
United Kingdom-based Auto Windscreens has appointed accountant Wayne Saunt to the role of pricing and costing manager.
Saunt previously was a financial controller for Lloyds Pharmacy Limited, and in his new role will be responsible for point-of-sale pricing and ensuring that Auto Windscreens remains competitive in the marketplace, according to the company. Saunt also will work closely with the account management teams for the fleet and insurance sectors.

CodeBlue™ Hires New Chief Operating Officer
CodeBlue has hired Gary Bonneau as its new chief operating officer. In this role, Bonneau will oversee the company’s new office located in Springfield, Ohio.

Bonneau comes to CodeBlue from Ameriprise Auto and Home Insurance, where he has spent the past five years, most recently serving as director of claims operations.

CodeBlue LLC is a wholly owned division of Insurance Claims Management Inc.

AGC Appoints New President, Senior VPs at AGC North America
Asahi Glass Company Ltd. (AGC) recently named Marehisa Ishiko as the new president and chief executive officer of AGC Glass Co. North America (AGNA). He succeeds Brad Kitterman.

In addition, the company also has appointed the following at AGNA: Kenzo Moriyama as executive vice president of strategic planning; Kazu Sako as senior vice president and chief financial officer, succeeding Ryne Van Gorp; and Mike Vigna, vice president, human resources, who succeeds Lisa Escobar.

“AGNA’s financial performance has been disappointing over an extended period of time – even taking into account the economic downturn,” says Akio Endo, AGC senior executive vice president and president of AGC Glass Co., which oversees all of the AGC’s glass businesses worldwide. “AGC is a world leader in glass production, and we are determined to be a leader in North America. We are fully committed to this end, and will leverage our global resources to achieve the full potential of our businesses here. The assignment of these proven and talented executives is, in itself, a strong statement of our commitment.”

Ishiko joins AGNA from AGC Japan, where he served as president of AGC Glass Co. for the Japan/Asia Pacific region. Moriyama most recently served as general manager of planning and strategy for AGC Glass Co. Japan/Asia Pacific. Sako most recently served in a dual role in AGC’s finance and control office, where he headed up the finance area and also led the planning and coordination for that office. Vigna most recently worked with AGC America (AGNA’s parent company) as North American regional vice president of human resources. He now also will be responsible for all human resources for AGNA and its subsidiaries.

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