The board of directors of Jeld-Wen Holding Inc., a manufacturer of building products, has elected Gary S. Michel to chairman of the board, effective immediately. Michel serves as president, CEO and current director of Jeld-Wen. He has served as a board member since 2018 and replaces Matthew Ross, who is stepping down.

“I am honored to have the confidence of the board and to take on this responsibility at such an exciting time in JELD-WEN’s history,” said Michel. “We have made great progress in transforming our business and delivering profitable growth by executing on our well-defined strategy and business operating system.”

Suzanne Stefany, who current serves as the chair of the governance and nominating committee, was also appointed lead independent director of the board. Stefany has served on the board since 2017. She is a partner for the Strategic Advisory Group at PJT Partners, a global advisory-focused investment bank.

“Having served with Gary on the board for the past three years, he has demonstrated tremendous leadership and built a world-class team,” said Stefany. “Gary’s strategic vision, operational discipline and focus on building a premier-performing culture has meaningfully improved the company. The board is confident that JELD-WEN is well-positioned for continued growth and looks forward to continuing to serve with Gary in this expanded role.”

Ross, board chairman for the past two years, and Anthony Munk, both of global private equity firm Onex, are stepping down from the board as planned following Onex’s recent completion of its successful 10-year investment in the company. The announcement brings Jeld-Wen’s board of directors to nine members.

“The board and I thank Matt and Anthony for their leadership and partnership in JELD-WEN’s success over the past two years,” added Michel. “They have been staunch supporters of the company’s strategic growth plan, positioning JELD-WEN as a premier global leader of building products.”

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