Auburn Hills, MI – June 14, 2011
The Guardian Industries Board of Directors has named Steven D. Ziessler president of Guardian Building Products (GBP), a leading manufacturer of fiberglass insulation and one of the largest building products distribution networks in North America. Ziessler will succeed Duane Faulkner who is retiring after more than 30 years as division president.
Ziessler will oversee the worldwide operations of Guardian’s building products business including manufacturing, marketing, distribution and product development. He brings to Guardian a breadth of experience from domestic and international companies including Clearwater Paper, Cellu Tissue and Kimberly-Clark.
He has an established track record in previous assignments including international business, sales, marketing, strategic planning, financial and operations experience.
“Steve demonstrates a unique understanding of what Guardian is all about,” said Guardian Chairman Peter Walters. “His skill set, experience and demonstrated ability to develop and manage profitable businesses in a changing world are impressive and core to our culture. We look forward to Steve’s focus and energy on behalf of Guardian.”
Under Faulkner’s leadership, the Greenville, S.C.-based GBP enjoyed dramatic growth in the building materials industry, building the business to its current industry prominence through strategic and timely decision-making and execution. He leaves a legacy that strongly positions Guardian Building Products for future growth and opportunity. Faulkner will work closely with Ziessler in a senior advisory role during a transitional period.
“Steve Ziessler is a professional who will build on what GBP has established and take us to the next level,” said Faulkner. “He is a high energy, high performance person who is right for the times. Employees and customers alike will see that he brings a breadth of skills and experience to the table – while knowing how to speak the language of ‘building products,’ as well.”
Ziessler holds a degree in Business Administration from Colorado State University.
Guardian Building Products is a wholly owned subsidiary of Guardian Industries Corp. based in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Standard & Poor’s continues to rank Guardian as the No.1 company in the U.S. Building Materials Sector as shown in their latest ratings and outlook report published January 19, 2011.
Guardian Industries Corp. is a diversified global manufacturing company with leading positions in float glass, fabricated glass products, fiberglass insulation and other building materials for commercial, residential and automotive applications. Through its Science & Technology Center, Guardian is at the forefront of innovation including development of high performance glass coatings and other advanced products. Its automotive trim group, SRG Global Inc., is one of the world’s largest suppliers of advanced, high value coatings on plastics. Guardian, its subsidiaries and affiliates employ 18,000 people and operate facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Visit http://www.guardian.com.