Cabinetworks Group names new CEO
November 18, 2021 | 8:04 am CST
John-Barkhouse new CEO at Cabinetworks Group

John Barkhouse has been named the new CEO at Cabinetworks Group

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Cabinetworks Group has named John Barkhouse as its chief executive officer, effective immediately. Christian Cook, Managing Director at Platinum Equity, was acting as interim CEO.  

"We sought an individual who embodies our core values, is committed to developing our company, and can unlock the full potential of Cabinetworks," said Cook. "I am delighted to announce that we found just such a person. John's  [Barkhouse ] track record leading large-scale transformation initiatives across a broad range of industries makes him the ideal fit to lead Cabinetworks into our next phase of growth." 

Medalion brandBefore joining Cabinetworks, Barkhouse held leadership roles with Caterpillar, Newalta Corp., Clarios, and Brookfield Asset Management. He led oilfield services company Newalta through the most significant oil crash in history and transformed the company from a transactional-oriented service company to an integrated solutions provider. Most recently, as chairman and CEO of automotive supplier Clarios, barkhouse led the creation of a newly carved out company, establishing the strategy and values of the organization while navigating it through COVID-19 to record results. 

Cabinetworks is a manufacturer and distributor of kitchen and bath cabinetry in the United States under brands, including KraftMaid, Medallion, Smart, Merillat, Yorktowne, Echelon, Advanta, Studio Full Access, Master WoodCraft and Cabinets 2000. 

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