Saint-Gobain’s New CEO Believes Company’s Future Lies in Research, Development

Image of Tom Kinisky via Jeffrey Holder, Saint-Gobain.

The challenge for Saint-Gobain’s new president and CEO, Tom Kinisky, is to build the future on a foundation of research and development, and the French building materials giant will begin doing that from its new Malvern headquarters.

With just 14 percent of global sales, “North America is underweight in relation to its size,” Kinisky said in a Daily Local News report by Brian McCullough. “The real message from Paris is to grow North America.”

Kinisky came to the job May 1 with the right background and a roster of locations ready for the renewed focus on innovation.

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“We put $3 billion in the last five years in research and development and in plant infrastructure,” said the former president of Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics. “Even during the downturn, we were investing.

“Now, can we use that to accelerate growth is the question. My career started in R&D. In a 40-year career, I’ve been in technology, engineering, and innovation. I have that reputation inside the group.”

Read more about the future of Saint-Gobain in North America in the Daily Local News here, and check out previous VISTA Today coverage of the company here.

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