BUFFALO, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Gibraltar Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROCK), a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products for the residential, industrial, infrastructure, and renewable energy and conservation markets, today announced the appointment of William T. Bosway as President and Chief Executive Officer, and Director, effective January 2, 2019. Mr. Bosway has been President and Chief Executive Officer of Dover Corporation’s Refrigeration & Food Equipment segment since June 2016, following a 26-year career at Emerson Electric. As part of the Company’s planned succession strategy, Frank Heard will remain employed with the Company in the newly created role of Vice Chairman of the Board through March 3, 2020, with the principal responsibility of ensuring a smooth leadership transition.
“Bill brings significant experience leading complex businesses at Fortune 500 global industrial companies, and valuable expertise in driving organic growth accelerated by strategic acquisitions,” said William Montague, Chairman of the Board. “With a shared view on the need for continued operational excellence, Bill will build on Frank’s success and deliver further value creation at this time in Gibraltar’s transformation.
“Under Frank’s leadership, Gibraltar has significantly increased its operating performance and return on invested capital, and made meaningful progress instilling a culture of operational excellence, product innovation and portfolio refinement,” said Montague. “We worked closely with Frank to ensure the selection process delivered an individual that has the right background, skill set and cultural fit for all Gibraltar stakeholders.”
“Bill is an excellent selection as President and CEO of Gibraltar at this stage of our value creation strategy, which we implemented approximately four years ago,” said Heard. “His expertise in driving organic and acquisition growth, breadth of experience in a variety of global industrial markets, and proficiency in manufacturing operations uniquely qualify him to lead Gibraltar in its next phase of growth.”
“I look forward to working closely with Frank, the Gibraltar leadership team and the Board to ensure a smooth transition as we move forward in our mission to create long-term shareholder value,” said Bosway.
For the past 29 years, Mr. Bosway, 53, has worked for two Fortune 500 industrial companies. For the past three years, he was Chief Executive Officer and President of Dover Corporation’s Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment, with annual revenue of $1.6 billion. Prior to joining Dover, Mr. Bosway was with Emerson Electric for 26 years in a number of increasingly important roles. In addition to being Group Vice President, Refrigeration and Solutions, with $1.8 billion in revenue, he led global research and innovation, advanced manufacturing and engineering, and supply chain and quality organizations, which supported the $4 billion revenue climate technologies business.
Mr. Bosway holds a M.S. in Management from the Krannet Graduate School of Management, Purdue University and a B.S. in Finance from Miami University, Ohio.
Gibraltar Industries is a leading manufacturer and distributor of building products for the residential, industrial, infrastructure, and renewable energy and conservation markets. With a four-pillar strategy focused on operational improvement, product innovation, portfolio management and acquisitions, Gibraltar’s mission is to drive best-in-class performance. Gibraltar serves customers primarily throughout North America and to a lesser extent Asia. Comprehensive information about Gibraltar can be found on its website at www.gibraltar1.com.
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