MALVERN, Pa. — Saint-Gobain, the parent company of CertainTeed, announced the appointment of Benoit Bazin as CertainTeed’s new president and chief executive officer.

Bazin succeeds John Crowe, who retired at the end of 2016. Crowe joined Norton Company (which was acquired by Saint-Gobain in 1990) in 1978, serving as CEO of CertainTeed from 2011 until his retirement. Bazin assumes the position as CertainTeed president and CEO as the company continues to grow in North America.

Bazin joined Saint-Gobain in 1999 as corporate planning director for the company’s abrasives business. Since then, he has held numerous executive and leadership positions within Saint-Gobain, including vice president of abrasives for North America, chief financial officer and president of building distribution sector. He was appointed senior vice president of Saint-Gobain in 2010. Since 2016, Bazin has served as president of the construction products sector (a position he retains in addition to his new CertainTeed responsibilities).

Bazin’s goals for CertainTeed include continuing its close partnerships with key distributors, promotion of high-quality products for end customers and on-going collaboration with architects, contractors, and builders on the value CertainTeed brings to end-users. "We are committed to investing in the products and tools that will excite and delight our customers and partners," says Bazin. "CertainTeed has been in existence for more than one hundred years, and we will continue to lead the way with high-quality offerings for residential and commercial building and remodeling projects. It's my honor to continue building on and evolving the successful history of CertainTeed and its teams."

Bazin is a graduate of the French Ecole Polytechnique and Ecole Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, one of France’s oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning. He also holds a master of science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an advanced degree in economics from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.

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