N. VENICE, FL – PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI), the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors, announced this week that its Board of Directors has appointed Brad West, 44, as Chief Financial Officer, effective June 1, 2014. Mr. West will report directly to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Rod Hershberger.
The Board of Directors also announced this week Jeff Jackson’s appointment as the new President and Chief Operation Officer effective June 1, 2014. Mr. Jackson, 48, succeeds Rod Hershberger, 57, who will remain in his roles as Chairman of the PGT Board of Directors and CEO.
“We are delighted to have Brad as our new CFO. His extensive experience and outstanding track record with our Company make him the ideal executive to drive PGT’s performance forward as we position for future growth opportunities,” commented Rod Hershberger Chairman and CEO of PGT Industries. “He has proven to be a critical member of our senior leadership team for 8 years and has a dynamic management style that fits wonderfully with our culture.”
Mr. West, who currently serves as Vice President and Controller, joined PGT in 2006 and is responsible for PGT’s Accounting and Finance Departments, as well as its Risk Management function. Mr. West has over 16 years of management experience in manufacturing organizations, earned a B.B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, and is a Certified Public Accountant in Georgia.
“I am honored to be part of this world-class Company Rod built on a simple, but powerful, principle that we always put the customer first. Our commitment to financial strength during the market down-turn has built a strong foundation for the future,” said Brad West, Vice President, Controller and CFO-elect. “Jeff has set me up well to continue the Company’s strong practices and drive shareholder value. I am excited to step into this new role and look forward to working more closely with all of our Company’s stakeholders, including our investors.”
PGT pioneered the U. S. impact-resistant window and door industry, and today is the nation’s leading manufacturer and supplier of residential impact-resistant windows and doors. Founded in 1980, the Company employs approximately 1,600 at its manufacturing, glass laminating and tempering plants in North Venice, Florida. Utilizing the latest designs and technology, PGT products are ideal for new construction and replacement projects serving residential, commercial, high-rise and institutional markets. PGT’s product line includes PGT Aluminum and Vinyl Windows and Doors; PGT WinGuard and PGT PremierVue Impact-Resistant Windows and Doors; PGT Architectural Systems; and PGT Eze-Breeze Sliding Panels. PGT Industries is a wholly owned subsidiary of PGT, Inc. (NASDAQ: PGTI). For additional information visit pgtindustries.com.
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