Quanex Announces Management Changes Resulting from Edgetech AcquisitionApril 7th, 2011 by DWM Magazine
Quanex Building Products has announced several management changes in its Engineered Products Group (EPG), effective today. These changes are the result of Quanex’s acquisition of Edgetech on April 1, 2011.
August (Gus) J. Coppola will assume the role of senior vice president, corporate development, reporting to David D. Petratis, chairman and chief executive officer of Quanex Building Products. He is now responsible for managing the company’s acquisition process, its solar adhesives and aftermarket businesses. Coppola was formerly senior vice president, Quanex Building Products, responsible for launching Project Nexus, a company initiative that successfully brought together the sales and marketing teams of EPG’s three disparate fenestration businesses: Mikron, Truseal and Homeshield. Prior to that, he was president of Truseal Technologies.
Michael B. Hovan, who previously served as president of Edgetech, will assume the role of senior vice president, sales and marketing EPG, responsible for the EPG’s national and regional sales initiatives as well as oversee Edgetech’s international operations and global sales. Hovan, who served as president of Edgetech from 2000 to 2011, spent 17 years at Edgetech’s parent company, Lauren International. Hovan will report to Petratis.
George L. Wilson will assume the role of general manager of Edgetech. Wilson will report to Petratis and is now responsible for Edgetech’s U.S. operations. Wilson was with Lauren International for two years and held senior positions in human resources and operations. Prior to joining Lauren, Wilson spent 15 years with Federal Mogul, a global manufacturer of automotive and power generation products.
“I owe Gus a large debt of gratitude and heartfelt thanks for successfully driving Project Nexus, an integral set of new strategic growth initiatives for Quanex,” says Petratis. “Gus took charge of Nexus with a passion and our ability to outperform the end market speaks to its ongoing success. As we look to profitably grow our sales through fenestration related acquisitions, Gus will play an essential role in helping us secure that next winning acquisition and help us to identify new technologies. Also, I am very pleased to have the caliber of talent found in Mike and George join us. They were instrumental in our acquisition of Edgetech and I look forward to their contributions in key leadership roles at Quanex. Having worked closely with each of them during the acquisition, I can speak confidently about the skills, experience, and team-based culture they bring. As these three leaders assume their new roles, we will focus on profitable growth and developing synergies within EPG.”