Wilsonart Names Former SABIC Executive Timothy J. O’Brien President & CEO
NEW YORK -- January 4, 2013
Wilsonart International Holdings LLC announced the appointment of Timothy J.
O’Brien as President and Chief Executive Officer effective January 14, 2013.
Mr. O’Brien, a former senior executive at SABIC Innovative Plastics, will also
serve as a member of Wilsonart’s Board of Directors. At SABIC, Mr. O’Brien was
responsible for the engineering resins business in the Americas and Europe.
SABIC Innovative Plastics was founded in 2007 with the acquisition of GE
Plastics by Saudi Basic Industries Corporation. He also served as General
Manager of GE’s High Performance and Crystalline Polymers businesses, Senior
Vice President for commercial finance computer leasing with GE Capital, and
numerous management roles with GE Lighting where he began his GE career in
1985. Mr. O’Brien holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from
Northeastern University and an MBA from Baldwin Wallace College.
In October 2012, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and Illinois Tool Works Inc.
completed a transaction through which Wilsonart become a new, independent
company. A fund managed by CD&R invested $395 million in the new freestanding
business to acquire a majority ownership stake. ITW retains an ongoing
“Tim is a proven global business leader with the perfect skill set and
experience to successfully lead Wilsonart to the next level of profitable
growth,” said John Krenicki, Wilsonart’s Chairman and a CD&R Operating
Partner. “I had the opportunity to work closely with Tim during my tenure at
GE and have firsthand experience with his ability to focus on customer needs
in innovative ways, as well as energize and build strong teams. We are excited
to have him join the company.”
Wilsonart International Holdings, LLC is one of the world’s leading
manufacturers and distributors of high pressure laminates and other engineered
surfaces used in furniture, office and retail space, countertops, worktops and
other applications. The company operates under the Wilsonart, Resopal, Polyrey
and Arborite brands and has achieved success through a combination of
outstanding service, high-quality products and a focus on continuously
redefining the laminate surface through improved performance and aesthetics.
For more information, visit www.WilsonartFuture.com/AboutUs.
Nikki Parrotte, 703-894-5460
Tammy Weadock, 254-207-3444
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