MALVERN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, has appointed Mark Rayfield as Chief Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain North America. In this role, Rayfield will oversee Saint-Gobain’s transformative efforts to increase agility and drive the growth of the company’s building solutions businesses in the United States and Canada. As such, he will continue to serve as CEO of CertainTeed, Saint-Gobain’s leading manufacturer of building materials for commercial and residential construction.
The manufacturing and construction industries face significant challenges related to waste and a tight labor market, and Rayfield plans to address these issues in his new role by increasing sustainability and building tomorrow’s manufacturing and construction workforce. With nearly 20 years of experience within the Saint-Gobain family of brands, Rayfield will build upon past success in the United States and U.K. to increase collaboration across the North American organization and focus more on using consumer insights to inform his business strategy. Specifically, his vision for leading the growth of Saint-Gobain in North America revolves around breaking down silos to build innovative and integrated solutions that deliver more value for customers, setting the example for what lean construction means for the rest of the world.
“Saint-Gobain’s more than 350-year legacy is rooted in our ability as a company to evolve to meet customers’ changing needs, providing them with the innovative solutions they need today and anticipating their needs tomorrow,” said Benoit Bazin, Chief Operating Officer, Saint-Gobain. “As we shift our business efforts to better respond to the changing marketplace, we’re confident that Mark will tap into his long history with the company and marked success in business operations to lead the growth of Saint-Gobain North America.”
Rayfield succeeds Tom Kinisky, who now takes on the role of Chairman of Saint-Gobain in North America and Chief Innovation Officer globally for the company. Kinisky will drive the strategy and application of Saint-Gobain’s global innovation efforts across a wide range of disciplines, including R&D and the company’s external ventures.
The leadership shifts in North America come as a result of Saint-Gobain’s “Transform & Grow” initiative, aimed at encouraging stronger customer intimacy, more collaboration across the organization’s global footprint to develop integrated solutions, reveal new areas of innovation, leverage our digital transformation and focus on the ever-changing demands of the manufacturing and construction industries. With Kinisky focused on driving innovation and Rayfield spearheading on-the-ground building solutions in North America, Saint-Gobain and its family of brands (such as CertainTeed) will streamline their business strategy to develop more customer-centric, innovative and sustainable solutions.
“As a leader, I know two things: employees are the key to every success we have as a company at every level, and listening to our customers is the only way to ensure those employees are working on the right things. I’m excited to be leading a team doing just that – Saint-Gobain North America is focused on combining consumer insights with building science to create products and solutions that make homes and buildings more livable and dynamic,” said Rayfield. “This strategy allows us to be more aligned with our customers, more agile and more synergistic.”
Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.
In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 160 locations and more than 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.1 billion in 2017. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed®, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, solar, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.
A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain®, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,900 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The group had total sales of approximately $3.98 billion in 2018. www.certainteed.com.