ST. LOUIS – The Swan Corp., a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of high-performance surfacing materials and products for the bath and kitchen, announced that Michael Fischer has been hired to serve as its president and CEO, effective April 18, 2011.
Fischer brings more than 30 years of building products industry experience in sales, marketing and manufacturing. He joins Swan from Formica Corp., a leader in the decorative surfacing industry, where he served as president of the $350 million North American business. Fischer joined Formica in 2002 and served as the vice president of sales prior to assuming the role of president. During his eight-year tenure at Formica, he successfully implemented strategies that grew sales and market share, increased productivity and improved the profitability of the business.
“Michael brings a proven track record of creating strong customer partnerships, improving manufacturing processes, and growing sales and profits in all market conditions,” said Jim Murphy, member of Swan’s board of directors. “He is an experienced executive who brings a deep understanding of the diverse residential and commercial markets that Swan participates in.”
Prior to joining Formica, Fischer acted as senior vice president of sales and marketing for the $650 million Wood Flooring Division of Armstrong World Industries. During his 23-year career with Armstrong, Fischer also held a wide variety of sales, marketing and general management leadership positions in Armstrong’s North American Ceiling and Flooring divisions.
The Swan Corp. (www.swanstone.com) is a leader in the development, manufacturing and marketing of highperformance surfacing materials and products for the bath and kitchen. The Swanstone brand is the recognized mark of enduring products that will withstand the rigorous demands of residential and commercial baths while maintaining a beautiful finish. Swan is headquartered in St. Louis, and its products are sold throughout the world.
Swan Corp. manufacturers kitchen sinks, counter tops, vanity tops & bowls, tubs, showers and accessories.
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