Guardian Industries has named Rick Zoulek as vice president for North American flat glass operations. According to the announcement, Zoulek will oversee all aspects of the North American flat glass business and position the company for continued long-term profitable growth. He has established a strong track record of innovation and commercial leadership in growing businesses throughout his career, according to the release.

Rick Zoulek

“Rick brings to Guardian leadership skills that will more strongly position us in the competitive and constantly changing flat glass business in North America,” says Scott Thomsen, Guardian Glass Group president. “He has the innate ability to connect innovation and manufacturing to meet customer needs and will be instrumental in furthering our goal to be a world leader in providing value-added products and services. We look forward to Rick demonstrating these same leadership qualities in our North American business.”

Zoulek says he welcomes the opportunity to join the Guardian leadership team.

“There is a principle at Guardian of adding value every day to our customers and that is a vision I completely share,” he says. “It is only through helping our customers grow their businesses that we can reach our ambitious goals for profitable growth. I very much look forward to the challenge.”

Zoulek has demonstrated both technological leadership and a strong commercial track record during a long career at PPG Industries, where most recently he was vice president of industrial coatings for the Americas, according to the company.

Zoulek holds a B.S. in management information systems from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Wayne State University.