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Long-Time Saint-Gobain Executive Benoit Bazin appointed President and CEO of CertainTeed


(Malvern, Pa.) – Saint-Gobain, the parent company of CertainTeed, has announced the appointment of Benoit Bazin as CertainTeed’s new President and Chief Executive Officer.

Bazin succeeds John Crowe, who retired at the end of 2016. Crowe joined Norton Company (which was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990) in 1978, serving as CEO of CertainTeed from 2011 until his retirement. Bazin assumes the position as CertainTeed President and CEO as the company continues to grow in North America.

Bazin joined Saint-Gobain in 1999 as Corporate Planning Director for the company’s Abrasives business. Since then, he has held numerous executive and leadership positions within Saint-Gobain, including Vice-President of Abrasives for North America, Chief Financial Officer and President of Building Distribution Sector. He was appointed Senior Vice President of Saint-Gobain in 2010. Since 2016, Bazin has served as President of the Construction Products Sector (a position he retains in addition to his new CertainTeed responsibilities).

Bazin’s goals for CertainTeed include continuing its close partnerships with key distributors, promotion of high-quality products for end customers and on-going collaboration with architects, contractors, and builders on the value CertainTeed brings to end-users. "We are committed to investing in the products and tools that will excite and delight our customers and partners," says Bazin. "CertainTeed has been in existence for more than one hundred years, and we will continue to lead the way with high-quality offerings for residential and commercial building and remodeling projects. It's my honor to continue building on and evolving the successful history of CertainTeed and its teams."

Bazin is a graduate of the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, one of France’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning. He also holds a Master of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an advanced degree in Economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

About Saint-Gobain

Saint-Gobain designs, manufactures and distributes materials and solutions which are key ingredients in the wellbeing of each of us and the future of all. They can be found everywhere in our living places and our daily life: in buildings, transportation, infrastructure and in many industrial applications. They provide comfort, performance and safety while addressing the challenges of sustainable construction, resource efficiency and climate change. Saint-Gobain did €39.1 billion in sales in 2016, operates in 67 countries, and has more than 170,000 employees. and @saintgobain 

About CertainTeedThrough the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Malvern, Pennsylvania, has helped shape the building products industry for more than 110 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed is a leading North American brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, insulation, drywall and ceilings.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest and oldest building products companies, CertainTeed has more than 6,300 employees and more than 60 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada. The company had total sales of approximately $3.4 billion in 2016.