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Viracon makes changes across organization

February 19, 2009  By Patrick Flannery


Viracon makes changes across organization
Viracon has made a number of organizational changes to address retirements and succession.

Viracon has made a number of organizational changes to address retirements and succession.

The company says the personnel changes are being made to address anticipated retirements among its senior leadership team and provide further targeted focus and tighter alignment across the full organization.


Greg Silvestri will serve as Viracon’s president. He will continue to serve as Apogee’s executive vice president and report directly to Russ Huffer, Apogee chairman and CEO.

Don Pyatt will become Viracon’s senior vice president of technology and strategy, reporting to Silvestri. Pyatt has served as Viracon’s president since June of 2000. As he prepares for a planned retirement in 2010, he will bring his experience and expertise to focus on a number of strategic growth initiatives.

Bob Randall, who has served as vice president of operations at the Viracon Statesboro, Georgia, facility will become Viracon’s vice president, business development. This position is the company’s first senior manager dedicated to business development.

Pat McDermott will replace Bob Randall as the vice president of operations at Viracon’s Statesboro, Georgia plant. He has been with Viracon for 10 years in various capacities, most recently as a director of sales for the eastern region.

Larry Kunkel will be retiring as Viracon’s operational leader in Owatonna in March, after more than 25 years with the company. Bill Wright will replace Kunkel as vice president of Operations in Owatonna.

Rick Farmer, who has held a variety of operational leadership roles with Viracon for the past nine years, will succeed Bill as vice president of operations for the St. George facility.

“From opening a new facility in St. George, Utah to introducing new products and completing some monumental projects, Viracon has accomplished some exciting things in the past few years,” says Don Pyatt, senior vice president. “As we position the company for the future, we are realigning key positions to take full advantage of specific areas of expertise as well as executing a succession plan. We’re confident these moves will allow us to continue our tradition of providing an unparalleled level of support to our clients well into the future.”

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