HILLIARD, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc. (NYSE:WMS) (“ADS” or the “Company”), a leading global manufacturer of water management products and solutions for commercial, residential, infrastructure and agricultural applications, today announced that Mark Sturgeon, the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, has notified the Company of his intent to retire on March 31, 2016 after a highly successful 33-year career with the Company. Mr. Sturgeon will remain with the Company as an Executive Vice President to ensure a seamless transition from now until March 31, 2016. As part of the transition process, the Board has appointed Scott A. Cottrill as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, effective immediately.
Joe Chlapaty, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer commented, “We owe Mark Sturgeon our utmost gratitude for his hard work and dedication throughout his long career at ADS. Mark has played a crucial role in the Company’s historical strong performance and in driving our business to the market leadership position that it holds today. I feel very fortunate to have worked alongside an executive as talented and intelligent as Mark for so many years and appreciate his tremendous contributions to our business. We appreciate Mark’s willingness to remain an Executive Vice President through fiscal year 2016 to assist with the transition process and we wish him all the best in his well-deserved retirement.”
Mr. Cottrill most recently held the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Jeld-Wen, a leading global manufacturer of windows, doors and treated composite trim and panels, where he played an instrumental leadership role in strengthening the finance department. Prior to Jeld-Wen, Mr. Cottrill held various financial and accounting positions with Goodrich Corporation, including from 2005 to 2012 the positions of Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Mr. Cottrill began his career at PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he worked in the audit practice for over a decade with a focus on industrial and manufacturing companies.
C. Robert Kidder, the Company’s lead independent director, commented: “On behalf of the management team and the Board of Directors, we are thrilled to have an executive of the caliber and experience of Scott to join the ADS team. In addition to his financial and accounting expertise, Scott comes to us as a strong business leader with a proven track record of success, which we believe will help to further strengthen our financial function while supporting the Company’s continued growth.”
“I am very excited to join such a great company and a talented management team,” said Mr. Cottrill. “I look forward to working closely with senior management and the finance and accounting teams to help the Company continue to build on its leading market position.”
Advanced Drainage Systems (ADS) is the leading manufacturer of high performance thermoplastic corrugated pipe, providing a comprehensive suite of water management products and superior drainage solutions for use in the construction and infrastructure marketplace. Its innovative products are used across a broad range of end markets and applications, including non-residential, residential, agriculture and infrastructure applications. The Company has established a leading position in many of these end markets by leveraging its national sales and distribution platform, its overall product breadth and scale and its manufacturing excellence. Founded in 1966, the Company operates a global network of 61 manufacturing plants and 30 distribution centers. To learn more about the ADS, please visit the Company’s website at www.ads-pipe.com.
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