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CertainTeed CEO retires

Peter Dachowski, president and CEO of CertainTeed, has announced his retirement, effective Aug. 31, 2011.

He will be succeeded by John Crowe, who is currently the president of Saint-Gobain’s global abrasives business. Crowe has held numerous leadership positions within the Saint-Gobain group of companies over the past 30 years. As the president of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, he is responsible for 13,000 employees and approximately 75 manufacturing facilities in 24 countries.

Dachowski spent 35 years with CertainTeed Corp., and its parent company Saint-Gobain. He served in a long progression of executive roles in finance and global management. Prior to joining CertainTeed in 1976, Dachowski worked for Exxon Treasurers and the Boston Consulting Group. 

At CertainTeed, Dachowski was quickly promoted to VP and treasurer and later, corporate comptroller. Through the late 1980s, despite an economic downturn, he led significant growth in CertainTeed’s roofing, ventilation, siding and window businesses through new product innovations and acquisitions. In the early 1990s, his responsibilities were expanded to include all of CertainTeed’s building materials manufacturing and wholesale distribution businesses.

In 1996, Dachowski was appointed as president of Saint-Gobain’s worldwide insulation business, based in Paris, driving significant growth particularly in Eastern Europe and Russia, expanding the ceilings business in the Far East, restoring the profitability of the stone wool business and developing a common global brand identity. 

Since his return to North America as president and CEO of CertainTeed in 2004, Dachowski has led key initiatives focused on quality, innovation and sustainability that have positioned the company as a major player in both residential and commercial building products. Under his direction, CertainTeed expanded significantly into Canada, established an industry-first building science team and launched revolutionary product innovations, such as AirRenew volatile organic compound (VOC) scavenging drywall, the EnerGen photovoltaic roofing system and Landmark Solaris solar reflective roofing shingles.

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