Rehau NA Names New CEO
Christian Fabian has been appointed to the position of incoming CEO of Rehau North America beginning in July. He succeeds Kathleen “Kitty” Saylor, who will be stepping down from her position after an 18-year career with the extruder of vinyl window profiles, as well as manufacturer of many other plastic produts.
Fabian brings more than 20 years of experience working within Rehau operations around the world, including in Germany, France and England. In 2005, he became director of Rehau North America’s industry business division in Leesburg, Va., overseeing sales and marketing initiatives for products serving furniture, appliance and other industry segments. Fabian was appointed to his current position as VP of marketing and sales in 2006, and in 2007 was promoted to the Rehau North American regional executive board. In September of 2011, Fabian’s executive management oversight was extended into Rehau's construction business, when he became responsible for sales and marketing in that division as well.
According to Fabian, in addition to honing a cross-selling business strategy, his initial focus as CEO will be to shepherd planned investment by Rehau North America in both its construction and industry business divisions.
“While the economy continues to recover, there is no doubt that increasing opportunities for sales are out there, particularly in the rebounding construction industry,” says Fabian. “It’s our job to be smart, be strategic and apply a comprehensive systems solutions method in our sales efforts, which we’re more than capable of doing thanks to a wide-ranging product offering. We’re also well-positioned to capitalize on current trends in the North American construction market, where considerable investments are being made in sustainable building technology. Growth in ‘green buildings’ on both the new and retrofit construction side–particularly in education and hospitality–will allow us to really shine, as we have focused on the development of quality-driven energy-efficient and renewable energy products for some time now. High-performance windows, geothermal ground-source heat exchange systems and PVC-alternative furniture components are just some of the many examples of these, and our plan is to identify sales opportunities where combinations of these solutions can best meet the requirements of a project.”
In addition to Fabian’s appointment as CEO, Rehau North America’s management team now includes Terry Barnaby, who has been named VP of operations and a member of the regional executive board. He has been with the company 27 years, having served in various positions including plant manager at Rehau’s manufacturing facilities in Sturgis, Mich. and Baie d’Urfé, Quebec and, most recently, as director of operations and technology for Rehau North America. In his new role, Barnaby oversees all North American operations, facilities, purchasing and supply chain management.