MALVERN, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, today formally announced the appointment of Robert Panaro to Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Saint-Gobain North America.
Panaro previously served as Vice President and CFO of CertainTeed Corporation, Saint-Gobain’s largest subsidiary in North America, and brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. With a focus on operational efficiency and quality services, Panaro will continue to help drive business performance and overall company growth. In his current role, Panaro will be responsible for overseeing mergers and acquisitions, capital investments and financial services in North America.
“As an industry veteran with more than two decades of experience within the Saint-Gobain family of companies, Bob has the background and expertise to help Saint-Gobain continue to evolve to meet the needs of today and challenges of tomorrow,” said Thomas Kinisky, President and CEO of Saint-Gobain Corporation. “Bob’s deep analytical rigor and ability to drive business decisions coupled with his passion for improving employee satisfaction will help further Saint-Gobain’s growth goals in North America.”
In his previous position as Vice President and CFO of CertainTeed, Panaro oversaw finance, information technology and central purchasing. He also served an instrumental role in the implementation of new software and technologies as well as the company’s move from Valley Forge to its state-of-the-art Malvern headquarters.
Panaro graduated magna cum laude from Boston College and holds a Bachelor of Science in management with a concentration in accounting and finance. He has served on the Board of Directors for The Grid Company, a joint venture between CertainTeed and Bailey Metals, Merit Abrasives, Inc. and EcoTarium, a Natural Science Museum in Worcester, Mass.
Panaro assumed the position earlier this year, succeeding Philippe Nouailhac as Senior Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Saint-Gobain North America.
About Saint-Gobain in North America
Saint-Gobain, one of the world’s largest building materials companies and manufacturer of innovative material solutions, helps create great living spaces by combining comfort and sustainability. For more than three-and-a-half centuries, Saint-Gobain has been enhancing the wellbeing of people everywhere, whether it’s by addressing climate change, delivering true sustainable development, advancing the information revolution, participating in medical breakthroughs or playing a vital role in space exploration.
In North America, Saint-Gobain has approximately 150 locations and more than 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.1 billion in 2017. Learn more about Saint-Gobain North America by visiting www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with Saint-Gobain North America on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.
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