Volume 45, Issue 5 - May 2010


new hires
NSG Group Names Former DuPont Exec Craig Naylor as President and CEO
The board of the NSG Group has appointed former DuPont executive Craig Naylor as its new president and chief executive officer (CEO). He succeeds Katsuji Fujimoto, who will now serve as chairperson of NSG Group; Fujimoto takes the place of Yozo Izuhara, who will be retiring from the company in June. Naylor joined the company on May 1 as “CEO designate,” and will assume the role of president and CEO on June 29.

Fujimoto took on the role of CEO temporarily following Stuart Chambers’ resignation in September 2009.

Naylor completed a 36-year international career with DuPont in 2006, as group vice president for DuPont Electronic and Communication Technologies, and was a non-executive director of Delphi Corp. from 2005 to 2009.

In the course of his career at DuPont, he worked in China, Switzerland, Japan and the United States, in positions in engineering, production management, manufacturing, product development, sales and marketing and global business management. Naylor holds a degree in chemical engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey.

“We are delighted that Craig is joining the Group as president and CEO,” says Izuhara. “He brings to the company extensive international management experience and expertise in product development, manufacturing and marketing.”

Naylor adds, “I am delighted and honored to have been invited to lead the NSG Group and I am greatly looking forward to the challenge. The Group enjoys an excellent reputation in the industry for quality and service, innovation, technical excellence and a strong product range. My aim will be to provide leadership to enable the Group to further strengthen its finances, improve its competitiveness and to grow profitably.”

Apogee Moves Austin From Viracon VP to Harmon President
Minneapolis-based Harmon Inc. has announced its new president, Bradley J. Austin. Austin previously was senior vice president, sales and marketing for Viracon. Austin reports to Russell Huffer, chair and chief executive officer of Apogee Enterprises, parent company of both Harmon and Viracon.

Austin joined Viracon in 1978. He started in field sales working directly with customers on design assistance, budget and return on investment costing, specification writing and as the liaison between the architect, the company and the glazing contractor. In 1985, Austin was named director of architectural sales, where he was responsible for the inside sales and technical service departments. He was later named vice president and general manager of Marcon Coatings, another Apogee company, for 18 months before returning to Viracon to lead domestic, international field and inside sales, as well as marketing, technical services and research and development as senior vice president.

Austin’s leadership team at Harmon includes Chad Hoffmann, vice president of operations, and Robby Sauls, vice president of contract sales.

The official role of president of Harmon has remained empty since the departure of Charles Mowrey in 2008 (see March 2008 USGlass, page 72).

The company also has announced that Robert (Bob) Ford has joined the team as a field sales representative. In his new role,
Ford will work closely with architects and customers in Northern Florida, including Tampa and Orlando; Alabama; Chattanooga, Tennessee; and Valdosta, Ga. Ford has been in the industry for several years, having worked for companies including BASF, Solutia and Interpane Glass.

Perreiah Named General Manager of Kawneer North America
Diana Perreiah has assumed the role of general manager for Kawneer Co. Inc. in Norcross, Ga. In her new role, Perreiah will be responsible for guiding the executive management team and oversight of company operations, as well as leading operational excellence, capturing productivity gains and delivering customer service for the company.

Perreiah most recently held the position of vice president of business operations for the company. She has been with the company since 1986 in various roles.

U.S. Aluminum Appoints Regional Sales Rep
United States Aluminum has appointed April Fisk as architectural sales representative for Colorado, Oklahoma and West Texas. Fisk has been with the company for 17 years working in various roles including fabrication, customer service and as the company’s service center manager in Houston.

Salem Announces Hanes’ Retirement
Salem Distributing Company in Winston-Salem, N.C., announced that Howard Hanes, president of the company, retired May 15. Hanes joined Salem in 1989 as vice president and has served as president since 2005. He has a total of 44 years experience in the glass industry with Corning, Super-Cut and Carolina Mirror.

While at Salem, Hanes directed equipment sales during the glass industry’s growth into automated fabricating processes. He also oversaw the development of a stone division, Salem Stone, which markets a line of fabricating equipment to the stone industry. Hanes was also instrumental as president of managing Salem’s transition from a privately owned company to a 100-percent employee-owned company.

Upon retirement, Hanes is looking forward to traveling with his wife, spending time with his grandchildren and working on his golf and tennis game.

Former Hegla USA President Murdered
Peter Weith, former president of Hegla’s U.S. headquarters in Forest Park, Ga., has been identified as one of the victims of a triple homicide that took place on April 14. It is currently under investigation in New Mexico.

According to an article in the Las Cruces Sun-News, Weith and Gilles L. and Helga Harries deLisle were found dead on April 15 at the deLisle’s home in Mesilla, N.M. The Weiths and deLisles had been friends since the 1960s, when they attended college in the University of California system, the article reported.

A statement issued by Hegla on April 19 on the death of the 68-year-old founder of its U.S. operations noted, “Peter founded Hegla’s U.S. operations in 1995 and had led the global company’s growth into the U.S. market until his retirement a few months ago. Although semi-retired, Peter was still actively involved in both sales and product development projects and was scheduled to retire June 30 of this year.”

Weith is survived by his wife, Barbara. Anyone wishing to send a memorial in Weith’s name should contact the non-profit Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (www.pcrm.org), of which Weith was an avid member.

Admiral Glass’ Jack Farber Passes Away
Jack Farber of Admiral Glass, passed away on March 28 following a long illness. He was 89.

Farber moved to Southern California from Chicago in the early 1940s with his wife, Ethel. He enlisted in the Army and served in the Italian campaign in World War II with the 88th Infantry Division. He was wounded in Italy and was awarded the Purple Heart.

After the war, he started Admiral Glass in Alhambra, Calif. By the ’70s he had grown the company to an organization of more than 20 glass shops and three glass distribution locations around the state.

Farber served as the then National Glass Dealers Association president from 1976 to 1978, and was instrumental in forming the Auto Glass Committee for Highway Safety.

Farber is survived by his son Ken, daughters Carol and Laurie, seven grandchildren and one great grandson.

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