JELD-WEN Holding Inc., a global manufacturer of building products, has announced a transition of its chief financial officer (CFO) role. Current CFO John Linker has decided to resign to pursue another CFO opportunity in a different industry and will transition his responsibilities by the end of March. Effective April 1, David Guernsey, currently executive vice president and president of JELD-WEN Europe, will serve as acting CFO while the company conducts a search for a permanent replacement. As part of a previously planned transition, William (Bill) Christensen will join JELD-WEN as executive vice president and president of JELD-WEN Europe on April 1.

David Guernsey, acting chief financial officer

“As a member of JELD-WEN’s senior leadership team for nearly three years, David brings deep knowledge of our business combined with an extensive financial background, making him well-positioned to serve as acting CFO. I have full confidence in our world-class finance team and expect the transition to be seamless,” said Gary S. Michel, chair, president and CEO. “I appreciate John’s many contributions to JELD-WEN over the past 10 years and wish him well in the next stage of his career.”

Guernsey joined JELD-WEN in 2019 as senior vice president and president, Europe and was promoted to executive vice president in 2020. Prior to joining the company, he held various positions of increasing responsibility at Trane Technologies (formerly Ingersoll Rand) including vice president and CFO for both the Residential Business and the Commercial Business in North America, Europe and the Middle East.

Christensen most recently served as CEO and group executive board chair of REHAU AG, a privately held Swiss-based global manufacturer with more than €3.0 billion in sales and approximately 20,000 employees. He has more than 25 years’ experience in senior management roles comprising general management, finance, sales and marketing in both public and private companies.

William (Bill) Christensen, executive vice president and president, Europe

“Bill’s proven track record in building high-performing teams to drive profitable growth for global companies makes him an excellent choice to lead our European business,” said Michel. “We look forward to Bill joining JELD-WEN and continuing to accelerate our customer-focused strategies to grow the business in Europe.”

Christensen joins JELD-WEN after six years at REHAU AG, where he led transformation efforts to drive profitable growth.

“I’m thrilled to be joining JELD-WEN at an exciting time to further build on the company’s growth trajectory,” said Christensen. “The breadth and scale of the company’s products, commitment to sustainability and its premier performing culture are key differentiators and represent the type of organization I want to be a part of.”

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