ELMSFORD, N.Y., April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- SCHOTT North America, Inc. announced today the appointment of Linda S. Mayer to the office of President and CEO, effective as of April 1, 2011. Mayer will become the first woman to head the 2,800-employee strong North American operations of the specialty glass and materials technologies manufacturer. She succeeds former President and CEO Dr. Gerald Fine who in January became a Director of SCHOTT Corporation and a member of the company's North American Advisory Board.
"I'm looking forward to the challenges and energy of working with the great people of SCHOTT," Ms. Mayer said. "The company has a long history of innovation and industry leadership. I hope to build on the momentum they've created over the past few years and lead the company to consistent and strong growth with smart investments and a renewed emphasis on research and development."
"We are very pleased to welcome Linda to SCHOTT," said Prof. Dr. Ing. Udo Ungeheuer, Chairman of the Board of Management of SCHOTT AG, the parent company of SCHOTT Corporation and SCHOTT North America, Inc. "I am confident we have selected a proven leader. I would also like to thank Dr. Fine for his exemplary leadership and welcome him as a Director."
Ms. Mayer most recently served as a Vice President and General Manager for the aerial work platform division of Terex Corporation, where she had global product P&L responsibility.
Prior to joining Terex, Ms. Mayer was Vice President of Corporate Marketing at Rexnord Corporation, a manufacturer of power transmission and industrial components with revenues greater than $1 billion. She has also served in a variety of roles including marketing, financial analysis and corporate planning and development for the Kohler Company, a leading provider of kitchen and bath fixtures and designs. Ms. Mayer also spent time at John Deere Consumer Products, and as SVP of Marketing & Product Development at Moen, Inc.
Ms. Mayer holds a Bachelor's degree in history from Stanford University, an MBA from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, and an MA from The Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. She will be based at SCHOTT North America's corporate headquarters in Elmsford, NY.
SCHOTT, an international technology group, has been developing and producing special glass, specialty materials, components, and systems for over 125 years.
The company's core markets are the home appliance industry, solar power, pharmaceuticals, electronics, optics, the automotive industry and architecture. With its high-quality products and intelligent solutions, SCHOTT strives to contribute to its customers' success and make SCHOTT part of everyone's life. The company's technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibility. At the same time, SCHOTT strongly supports the principles of sustainability. The SCHOTT Group maintains close proximity to its customers with manufacturing and sales companies in all major markets. Its workforce of approximately 17,500 employees generated worldwide sales of approximately $3.8 billion for the 2009/2010 fiscal year. SCHOTT AG is owned by the Carl Zeiss Foundation.
The company's technological and economic expertise is closely linked with its social and ecological responsibilities.
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