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CEO Norman Willemsen has announced he is leaving Kebony, an environmentally friendly wood modification company, after four years with the company.
Kebony’s board of directors has appointed Jean-Baptiste Clavel to succeed Willemsen as CEO. Jean-Baptiste previously held senior leadership positions at Zodiac Pool Systems and The Coleman Company, Inc., where he managed complex strategic developments and spearheaded major innovations.
According to the company, “Norman leaves Kebony with a strong track record having led the company through an exceptionally challenging period and having progressed several key initiatives. Amid soaring input process, he improved the company’s business economics, simplified the ownership structure, and further internationalized the company, especially in North America. He championed Kebony’s mission and was a tireless advocate for sustainable alternatives to tropical hardwood in construction.”
Cornelius Walter, chairman of the board, said, “Norman will be missed, and we thank him for his unwavering commitment to the company and its mission. As he moves on to new endeavors, we all wish him the very best for the future. Furthermore, I am delighted to welcome Jean-Baptiste as our new Chief Executive. He joins us with ample directly applicable experience to the company’s current condition and is capable of taking us to new heights thanks to his strategic capabilities and proven operational effectiveness. I, and the entire board, wish him every success in his new post.”