Thomas Kinisky Appointed President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp
announced the appointment of Thomas Kinisky as President and Chief
Executive Officer of Saint-Gobain Corp. (Saint-Gobain's North
American holding company).
As President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corp., Kinisky is
Saint-Gobain's North American representative overseeing the family
of companies in the United States and Canada, which are key
geographies within Saint-Gobain's global portfolio. Kinisky was
also appointed Senior Vice President for Saint-Gobain and is a
member of the company's Global Management Committee.
Kinisky assumed the position earlier this year, succeeding John
Crowe, who most recently served as President and CEO of
Saint-Gobain and CertainTeed Corporations. Benoit Bazin filled
the role as President and CEO of CertainTeed in addition to
continuing to serve as the global President of the Construction
Products Sector and Senior Vice President for Saint-Gobain.
"With more than 30 years of experience in research and
development and as an executive of several global businesses'
operations at Saint-Gobain, Tom is uniquely positioned to lead
Saint-Gobain's businesses in North America. This is especially true
given that the company is specifically focused on creating
materials, systems, and solutions that address the next generation
of challenges facing society in an effort to enhance the well-being
of people everywhere," said Pierre-André de Chalendar, Chairman and
CEO of Saint-Gobain.
Kinisky's overriding focus is on enabling sustainable,
profitable growth across the full range of Saint-Gobain companies
operating in North America, including CertainTeed Corporation,
Saint-Gobain Abrasives, Saint-Gobain ADFORS, Vetrotech
Saint-Gobain, Saint-Gobain Glass, SageGlass, Saint-Gobain
Performance Plastics, and Saint-Gobain Ceramics. Kinisky asserts
that the company's focus on growth will come from a balanced
strategy that combines increased investments in research and
development, employee training and development, talent acquisition,
and strategic external acquisitions.
"Saint-Gobain has been one of the top global innovators for more
than 350 years, and North America will continue to play a vital
role in the company's innovation legacy, which includes a host of
products and materials we rely on in our homes, offices, hospitals,
and even other planets to make these spaces healthy, energy
efficient, accessible, safe, and aesthetic," said Kinisky. "The key
to continuing our storied history of innovation will lie in our
ability to unlock the innovation potential of our entire workforce
and to attract top talent to join that effort. I believe this
passion to embed innovation in everything we do can and will lead
to disruptive solutions for our customers that will benefit the
world at large."
Kinisky joined Norton Company (which was acquired by
Saint-Gobain in 1990) in 1989. He spent over a decade working in
research and development in various roles, including Vice President
of Technology and New Business Development for the company's
Abrasives Division, before assuming the role as President for two
Saint-Gobain businesses: Saint-Gobain Crystals (2002)
and Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (2008).
Kinisky's most recent position as President of Saint-Gobain
Performance Plastics gave him responsibility for over 6,000
employees across 57 manufacturing facilities in 22 countries. Over
the course of nearly 10 years, he expanded that business's offering
of innovative materials in markets such as aerospace,
transportation, and health care. Today, within the Saint-Gobain
Performance Plastics business, one of every two products sold were
developed within the last five years.
Kinisky holds a Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Pace
University and a Master of Science in materials science from New
York University (Polytechnic University). He has authored many
technical publications and holds five U.S. patents. Throughout his
career, Kinisky has been active in technology education as an
industrial adviser to the engineering programs at several