Jon P. Vrabely Named Huttig Building Products President and CEO
The board of directors of Huttig Building Products Inc. of St. Louis, Mo., has named Jon P. Vrabely as president and chief executive officer (CEO), effective January 1, 2007. He will succeed Michael A. Lupo, who will continue as a director and a member of the executive committee of the board. Vrabely, who joined Huttig in 1999, has been vice president, chief operating officer (COO) since November 2005.
"With his operational and managerial experience, Vrabely is the ideal executive to lead Huttig, expand market share and create value," said Lupo. "He knows the company and its people, products, services and customers very well, and has demonstrated repeatedly his ability to enhance customer relationships and build a strong team working at all levels of our organization. This will be a very smooth transition. I have enjoyed my years as head of Huttig, and it is time for me to move on. I will, of course, remain as a member of the board of directors and continue my involvement in the company whose people I very much enjoyed working with, and whose breadth of talent and commitment is truly impressive."
"I look forward to my new responsibilities, and I am appreciative of the support and vote of confidence in me by the board of directors," said Vrabely. "Lupo has played a major role at Huttig, turning around the company in 2003, and leading a restructuring that has enabled Huttig to become a national distributor solely focused on the two-step distribution of millwork and building products. I am personally pleased that he will continue on our board."
Lupo, 74, who has held several executive positions in the building products industry since 1983, has served as a Huttig director since December 2002, and was named Huttig's president and CEO in April 2003 to affect a turnaround.
Vrabely, 41, was named vice president and CEO in November 2005, responsible for all branch sales and operations, as well as corporate national accounts, marketing and product management. Since 1999, he has served in several executive management positions, including vice president of product management from September 2003 to December 2004, and then vice president of operations until being named COO. Prior to joining Huttig, Vrabely held several management positions with WESCO International Inc., a distributor of electrical supplies and apparatus.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in marketing from San Diego State University and a Masters in Business Administration in business management from the University of Redlands.
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