Pella Names New Leader

May 19, 2009

As part of its succession planning process designed to provide for smooth transitions, Pella Corp. has named Pat Meyer to succeed current President and CEO Mel Haught as the company’s top leader upon Haught’s planned retirement Nov. 30.

Meyer, who joined the privately-held, family-owned company headquartered in Pella, Iowa, in 1990, will now serve as executive vice president and COO until becoming the president and CEO Dec. 1. Meyer most recently served as corporate vice president, overseeing the operations of Efco, the Pella-owned manufacturer of curtainwall, storefront and architectural fenestration products, and the company’s Wylie, Texas, operations and project management office.

“We thank Mel for his leadership and dedication to Pella Corporation since 1991,” says Charlie Farver, chairman of Pella’s board of directors, in announcing the leadership transition. “Mel was part of the team that brought the continuous improvement (CI) culture to Pella Corp. that thrives today. We’re confident that Pat Meyer will drive Pella’s focus on innovation, CI and customer satisfaction well into the future.”

Meyer brings management experience in sales, marketing, operations, finance, manufacturing and continuous improvement to his expanded leadership role. “Pella Corporation is a great company and I’ve welcomed the opportunity to lead a number of areas of the business during my career here,” Meyer says. “I’m looking forward to working together with our team members to focus on building Pella Corporation’s industry leadership in residential and commercial markets by delivering innovative products and services to meet the needs of our customers for new construction as well as remodeling and replacement applications,” Meyer said.

In announcing his retirement, Haught say he is pleased that Meyer will succeed him. “Clearly, the Pella Corp. team has achieved many milestones and I’m proud of all that our team has accomplished over the years.

“Pat is an effective leader who’s performed well in a variety of roles with the company across the country during his impressive career,” Haught continues. “I’ve always admired the way Pat has demonstrated a positive ‘can do’ attitude and I know he’ll guide the Pella team to continued business success in his new role.”