Wilsonart Names O'Brien President & CEO

Posted by Karen Koenig | Posted: 01/04/2013 3:20PM


Wilsonart NEW YORK – Wilsonart International Holdings LLC has appointed Timothy J. O’Brien as president and CEO. The appointment is effective Jan. 14.

A former senior executive at SABIC Innovative Plastics, O'Brien will also serve as a member of Wilsonart’s Board of Directors. O'Brien also served as general manager of GE’s High Performance and Crystalline Polymers businesses, senior vice president for commercial finance computer leasing with GE Capital, and had numerous management roles with GE Lighting.

“Tim is a proven global business leader with the perfect skill set and experience to successfully lead Wilsonart to the next level of profitable growth,” John Krenicki, Wilsonart’s Chairman and a CD&R Operating Partner, said in a statement.

Based in Temple, TX, Wilsonart is one of the leading manufacturers and distributors of high pressure laminates and other engineered surfaces used in furniture, office and retail space, countertops, worktops and other applications. Its brands include Wilsonart, Resopal, Polyrey and Arborite.

Wilsonart became an independent company following an October 2012 transaction between Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Illinois Tool Works Inc. A fund managed by CD&R invested $395 million in the new business to acquire a majority ownership stake. ITW retains an ongoing ownership stake.




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Karen M. Koenig

Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Woodworking Network magazine (formerly Wood & Wood Products), Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory (RedBookOnline.com). She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at kkoenig@woodworkingnetwork.com or Google+.

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