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Peter Dachowski Retires as CertainTeed Corporation CEO

(Valley Forge, Pa.) – CertainTeed Corporation, North America’s leading manufacturer of sustainable building products, has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Peter Dachowski, effective August 31, 2011.

During his 35-year tenure with CertainTeed, and its parent company Saint-Gobain, Dachowski served in a long progression of executive roles in finance and global management. After Exxon Treasurers and the Boston Consulting Group, he joined CertainTeed in 1976 and was quickly promoted to vice president and treasurer and later, corporate comptroller. Through the late 80s, 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 90s, 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, developing a common global brand identity and cultivating the company’s world leadership position in these product areas.

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 AirRenewTM volatile organic compound (VOC) scavenging drywall, the EnerGenTM photovoltaic roofing system, and Landmark SolarisTM solar reflective roofing shingles.

“Leading a company that delivers shelter and contributes to people’s comfort and the sustainability and longevity of their homes and buildings has been very gratifying,” said Dachowski. “I am privileged to have worked with a first-class team of employees who are instituting positive change and driving innovation in a difficult market environment.”

Dachowski currently serves on the board of directors of Ball Horticultural Company, International House of Philadelphia, Foreign Relations Policy Institute, Philadelphia Film Society, and the advisory council to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He is an emeritus board director of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

Dachowski gained a First Class Honors degree in Economics from the University of Cambridge in the U.K., followed by an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he received the Wall Street Journal Award for Excellence in Finance.

John Crowe, who is currently the president of Saint-Gobain’s global abrasives business, will succeed Dachowski as president and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation. 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.

About CertainTeed

Through the responsible development of innovative and sustainable building products, CertainTeed, headquartered in Valley Forge, Pa., has helped shape the building products industry for more than 100 years. Founded in 1904 as General Roofing Manufacturing Company, the firm's slogan "Quality Made Certain, Satisfaction Guaranteed," quickly inspired the name CertainTeed. Today, CertainTeed® is North America’s leading brand of exterior and interior building products, including roofing, siding, fence, decking, railing, trim, foundations, pipe, insulation, gypsum, ceilings and access covers.

A subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world’s largest building products company, CertainTeed and its affiliates have more than 65 manufacturing facilities throughout the United States and Canada generating sales of approximately $ 3 billion

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, CertainTeed earned the 2011 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. www.certainteed.com