Guardian Glass appointed Ricardo Knecht general manager for South America.

The company’s South American operations include two float glass plants in Brazil and distribution centers in Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica.

“This is a new position and an important role for the organization as we work to create value for our customers, the company and the communities where we operate,” says Guardian vice president, America, Rick Zoulek. “Ricardo will be responsible for driving innovation, eliminating waste and improving on how we create an exceptional customer experience.”

Knecht was most recently general manager of SABIC – South America, where he was responsible for sales and application development for specialty and core materials, as well as supply chain, manufacturing and business development activities for the region. Before that, he was chief financial officer of GE Plastics for Latin America.