REHAU Announces Appointment of Christian Fabian as North American CEO: Outgoing CEO Kathleen Saylor Transitioning to Position at Montana State University
LEESBURG, Va., April 10, 2012 – REHAU announced today that its current CEO of North American operations, Dr. Kathleen “Kitty” Saylor, will be stepping down from her position as of July 1, 2012, after an 18-year career with the company. Saylor, who has served as REHAU North American CEO since 2006, and was the company’s VP of human resources from 2001 to 2006, has accepted a position in Bozeman, Mont. as the chief executive in residence of the Montana State University Alumni Foundation. In this capacity, she will serve as a principal advisor to the University president, Alumni Foundation president and Innovation Campus executive director in establishing programs to ultimately advance the academic and research efforts of the University. Saylor is herself a Montana native and 1982 graduate of Montana State University.
“This transition marks a significant period in REHAU history, as we advance from a time when the challenges of our economy prompted necessary shifts in our core areas of business,” said Saylor. “With a background in communications, organizational development and human resources, I was able to apply the skills required for this type of change, and I’m proud to have been able to steer REHAU into this new era of lean and limber operation, with a focus on providing premium polymer-based solutions.”
REHAU North America’s current VP of marketing and sales, Mr. Christian Fabian, has been appointed to the position of incoming CEO, effective as of July 1, 2012. 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 (REB). In September of 2011, Fabian’s executive management oversight was extended into REHAU’s construction business division, when he became responsible for sales and marketing in that division as well.
“Christian was the perfect choice as REHAU’s next CEO, and as such, the handover process is progressing smoothly and easily,” Saylor said. “The company’s focus has shifted toward growth and strategic business development, and Christian lends an astute and varied background in international business and sales management. He will undoubtedly be successful in moving REHAU forward, having spent the last seven years in North America analyzing market opportunities in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Central America, and understanding how best to approach them from across all of REHAU’s product lines.”
“Kitty’s stewardship over the past six years has created a solid foundation on which to build, particularly as we now focus toward innovative ways of selling across our business divisions,” said Fabian. “Understanding how market demands can be met from among numerous product lines – whether it be with edgebanding, gaskets and windows, or radiant heating and cooling and geothermal – we will be positioning REHAU as a comprehensive solutions provider to the industry and construction markets in North America, Mexico and Central America.”
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,” said 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.”
Together with construction and industry divisions, REHAU North America’s automotive business division, managed out of worldwide headquarters offices in Germany, is experiencing growth opportunities. The company recently added 13,000 sq ft (4,000 sq m) of space to its manufacturing plant in Celaya, Mexico to service the North American automotive industry. REHAU was also recently awarded significant new business for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, which will be fulfilled out of the REHAU facility in Cullman, Ala.
In addition to Fabian’s appointment as CEO, REHAU North America’s management team now includes Terry Barnaby, who became VP of operations and a member of the regional executive board (REB) as of April 1, 2012. Barnaby brings 27 years of REHAU experience, 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 will oversee all North American operations, facilities, purchasing and supply chain management.
Both Saylor and Fabian will continue their outreach efforts as business representatives in the Loudoun County, Va. area, including in Saylor’s present role as the chairperson of Loudoun Laurels, and in Fabian’s current board of directors positions with the Loudoun Chamber of Commerce and The George C. Marshall International Center.
“Throughout her entire 18-year career with REHAU, Dr. Saylor made remarkable strides in promoting the REHAU brand and successfully establishing REHAU as a good corporate citizen in our community,” Fabian said. “I am deeply and personally committed to ensure that this legacy is preserved.”
“I have lived and worked in Loudoun County for 18 years, and see myself continuing to play a role here,” said Saylor. I have developed an amazing circle of professional colleagues and friends, as well as a strong attachment to the community. While I am delighted to be going back to my roots in Montana, some part of me will always remain in Virginia and of course, with REHAU.”
For additional information, contact REHAU’s North American headquarters: 1501 Edwards Ferry Rd., N.E., Leesburg, Va., 20176. Phone: 1.800.247.9445. Fax: 1.800.627.3428. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.