Ones to Watch September/October 2022October 4th, 2022 by Nathan Hobbs
Marvin Welcomes VP of Digital and Marketing Operations
Sylvie Orenga joined Marvin as its vice president of digital and marketing operations. In this newly created role, officials say Orenga will develop a
comprehensive digital strategy and enhance the company’s digital solutions. Orenga brings 30 years of marketing experience to Marvin, with past
roles on both corporate and agency teams. Prior to Marvin, she most recently served as senior vice president of marketing at Cambria.
A native of France, Orenga earned her Master of Business Administration degree at Montpellier Business School and resides in Minneapolis with her husband and children. She joins a marketing team of more than 100 employees and will have responsibility for the company’s closely integrated digital marketing and marketing operations initiatives.
Stürtz Announces New Executives
Stürtz Machinery Inc. promoted Tony Mehringer to president and CEO. Mehringer succeeds Ellis Dillen, who successfully led the group since 2013.
Mehringer previously served as vice president of sales and marketing and has spent his career in the fenestration industry, including more than 34
years in various sales management roles.
He is replaced by Mike Biffl, who has held several sales roles with Stürtz over the past 22 years, most recently as the Eastern regional sales manager.
“Stürtz has been very fortunate to have Mike on our team over the years. He developed a remarkable reputation built on integrity with our customers and
his colleagues,” said Mehringer.
Michel Resigns from Jeld-Wen; Company Appoints New CFO
Gary S. Michel resigned as chair and CEO of Jeld-Wen Holding Inc. The company’s board of directors accepted Michel’s resignation Friday, August 5, appointing Kevin C. Lilly as interim CEO. Lilly most recently served as the company’s executive vice president and chief information officer. Current independent director David G. Nord, former chairperson and CEO of Hubbell Inc., was elected chair of Jeld-Wen’s board.
“We appreciate Gary’s leadership and contributions to the company during his tenure,” Nord said. “Jeld-Wen remains committed to delivering long-term value to our shareholders. We have confidence in Kevin’s leadership and will work closely with him and the management team to ensure that this change is seamless for our customers, shareholders and associates.”
Officials said the board has initiated a comprehensive search for a new CEO, including consideration of both internal and external candidates.
The company also announced that Julie C. Albrecht is its new executive vice president and chief financial officer. Albrecht joins Jeld-Wen from Sonoco, a global sustainable packaging company, where she served as CFO since March 2019. She replaces EVP and acting CFO David Guernsey, who transitioned into another leadership role.
Andersen Corp. Names Williams President of Andersen Division
Andersen Corp. welcomed Ryan Williams to its executive leadership team as the new president of the Andersen Division. Officials say Williams leads the company’s largest and most diverse business, both in terms of product variety and customer segments, serving the new residential, home improvement and light commercial segments. He brings 20 years of operational leadership experience at industrial companies, most recently serving as president of the Global Fluid Conveyance Division at Danfoss, a Danish industrial company. Prior to Danfoss, Williams spent 18 years at Eaton.
After 68 Years Harenberg Retires from Great Lakes Fasteners
Ron Harenberg put an exclamation point on a nearly 70-year career recently by retiring from his post as vice president of Great Lakes Fasteners (GLF).
Harenberg was born in 1933, in Johnstown, Pa., and graduated from West Technical High School. He attended Fenn College, now Cleveland State, studying business and accounting.
His professional career began in 1952 with Lamson and Sessions, a fasteners manufacturer dating back to 1866 in Cleveland, Ohio. Harenberg started in the mail room and was also tasked with making bank deposits via streetcar. Over the eighteen years at Lamson, Harenberg was promoted many times, obtaining a “360 view” of the fastener business, though he also served his country in the U.S. Army from 1956-58. When he was asked to lead the consumer sales department, Harenberg, who loves people, found his calling: working with customers and business development.
Harenberg left Lamson & Sessions in 1970 and started his own company, The Fastener House. In 1979, he became the owner/operator of Mid-Ohio Bolt & Nut and after the acquisition stayed on and took the position of sales manager.
In 1991 Harenberg joined the sales team at GLF to focus on door and window manufacturers, where he served some of the largest companies for more than 45 years.
GED’s Bill Briese Passes Away
William “Bill” Briese, former research and development engineering manager for GED Integrated Solutions, passed away. A 25-year veteran of the company, Briese was diagnosed with cancer 10 months ago. The announcement for his death says he “was a successful innovator with many patents and was always looking to improve our customers’ products and systems.” Officials say Briese was known in the industry for his contributions through the Insulating Glass Manufacturers Association (IGMA) and most recently on the board of directors for the Fenestration and Glazing Industry Alliance (FGIA).
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