Guardian names Highley president and CEO
March 17, 2015 – Guardian
Industries Corp. has named Thomas (Tom) B. Highley President and Chief
Executive Officer of Guardian Building Products (GBP).
a wholly owned subsidiary group of Guardian Industries Corp., is a
leading North American distributor of specialty building products, with
more than 30 stocking distribution centers strategically located
throughout the United States. GBP is headquartered in Greenville, S.C.
For the past three years, Highley
was chief executive officer and managing partner of Engedi Solutions
LLC, a building materials industry strategy consulting and independent
sponsor private equity firm. Prior to Engedi, Highley spent 10 years
leading the profitable growth of Tenon Limited, a New Zealand stock
exchange-listed holding company with subsidiary businesses engaged in
the manufacturing, distribution and marketing of a broad range of
millwork and building material products. Highley served as vice
president and general manager of the pro dealer business for Empire
Distribution (Tenon’s largest subsidiary) from 2001 to 2004, president
of Empire from 2004 to 2009 and Tenon CEO from 2009 to 2011. Prior to
joining Tenon, Highley held a number of U.S. and global management
positions in the consumer product and medical device industries, which
included stints leading a European market expansion and working for two
Fortune 500 companies.
a comprehensive search process, I am pleased that Tom will be leading
the transformation of Guardian Building Products from a manufacturing
and distribution company into a focused, industry-leading building
materials distributor," said Ron Vaupel,
President and CEO of Guardian Industries Corp. "Tom has a track record
of strong leadership with a focus on people and profitable growth. This
combined with his deep industry knowledge and past success in leadership
of a building materials distribution company makes Tom uniquely
qualified to lead Guardian Building Products successfully into the
received his MBA from the University of Michigan Ross School of
Business and his bachelor’s in international relations and economics
from the University of Wisconsin in Milwaukee.
Highley succeeds Steven Ziessler, who led the company since 2011.
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