Deb Callahan has been appointed chief executive officer of the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) by the organization’s board of directors. Callahan had been acting  CEO since June 2015 while also serving as the organization’s chief operating officer.

“After thoughtful and deliberate consideration, we are delighted that Deb will lead NFRC as we refine our existing programs and look confidently toward the future,” said board chairman Jeff Baker in a statement.

Callahan has been with the NFRC since 2005, originally serving as deputy executive director before becoming COO in 2010.

“I am honored by the confidence the board has placed in me and grateful for the opportunity to lead this exceptional organization of creative, dedicated and talented professionals,” Callahan said in a statement. “I am also committed to empowering our staff to tap new opportunities and to increasing the value we provide for all our stakeholders.”

Callahan says she’ll accomplish this by building alliances with similar organizations to expand the adoption of the NFRC’s ratings programs.

In August, DWM reported on Callahan’s “new vision” for the NFRC. She said she wants to make it “the leader in energy performance information, education, and certified ratings for fenestration products.” She also wants to create a more nimble and responsive organization, better serve the commercial market, and clarify the NFRC’s identity and brand for both consumers and design professionals.

Callahan’s appointment comes a couple of months after the NFRC lost three senior members of its leadership team.

Jim Benney, who had served as chief executive officer since 2003,  departed the organization in June.

Also in June, Cheryl Gendron, the NFRC’s longtime meetings manager and outreach associate, left to join the National Environmental Balancing Bureau (NEBB) as director of communications and events for the organization. NEBB is described on its website as “the premier international certification association for firms that deliver high performance building systems.”

And in May, Ray McGowan, who had served as senior program manager with the NFRC since 2004, joined NEBB as director of certification.

 

 

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