Saint-Gobain has announced that Dr Peter Hindle MBE has been appointed as Senior Vice-President, Compagnie de Saint-Gobain in charge of Sustainable Habitat.
As Senior Vice-President, Hindle will lead the implementation of Saint-Gobain’s strategic priorities for Sustainable Habitat which include the deployment of global policies around key topics of: Eco-innovation [and product stewardship], Waste management [and recycling] and labelling schemes [including Energy Performance Declarations].
He will continue in the role of General Delegate in the UK, Ireland and South Africa, where he leads a multi-national enterprise spanning over 30 businesses involved in the construction industry, employing 16,750 people across more than 1,000 sites contributing 10% of Saint-Gobain’s global turnover. He will also now formally become Chairman of all businesses within the UK, Ireland and South Africa.
To allow Hindle to provide the focus and leadership that is required for his new appointment, he will relinquish his role as Chief Executive, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland from the above date.
Peter will be succeeded by Mr Mark Rayfield, currently Vice-President of CertainTeed, within the Construction Products Sector in North America, who will take up the position of Chief Executive, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland with effect from 1st September 2013.
The group says that these important new appointments reflect Hindle’s huge contribution to Saint-Gobain over many years and will take effect from 1st September 2013.
Hindle’s career spans four decades in the builders merchant industry. As managing director of Jewson, for 13 years from 1999 to 2012, and Chief Executive, Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK & Ireland from 2003-2013, he led the transformation and growth of the business and has successfully steered the business through the last five years of challenging economic conditions.
He was awarded an MBE in 2009 and in 2012 an Honorary Degree by Birmingham City University in recognition of his commitment to charitable work through the development of Saint-Gobain’s ‘Together’ charity programme, which has now raised over £2 million for good causes.
Hindle said: “It’s a great honour to be appointed Senior Vice-President of the Group and to take on the challenge of leading the implementation of the Group’s strategic priority of Sustainable Habitat. After 43 years in the Builders Merchant Industry this is a new chapter and a new challenge. It has been a great pleasure to lead Saint-Gobain Building Distribution UK and Ireland over the last 10 years, seeing it grow and thrive. I would like to take the opportunity to say a special thanks to the employees of Distribution and wish them every success for the future.”
Rayfield has been with Saint-Gobain since 1999, first in sales and marketing in Abrasives; eventually running North America Abrasives.