Rich Products unveils new governance structure

by Eric Schroeder
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — Rich Products Corp. has unveiled plans to realign its governance and organizational structure, effective Jan. 1, 2012. As part of the realignment, Rich Products said it will transition from its current dual business group structure, North America and International, to one organization consisting of five regional business units: U.S./Canada, Asia/Pacific, Latin America, Europe/Middle East and South Africa.

“The timing is right for this next step in our organizational evolution,” said Bill Gisel, president and chief executive officer. “During the past 20 years, we have made considerable investments in our business infrastructure and built significant workforces across the world. The logical transition to one universal business group with regional governance supports the fact that we’re now truly a global enterprise.”

Mr. Gisel said the move will strengthen Rich’s ability “to share our global business and in-market expertise with our customers, delivering trends and ideas from around the world that will help them be more successful.” Additionally, he said it “will enhance the development opportunities we offer to our associates across our company.”

Several personnel changes were announced in connection with the transition, including:

 Richard Ferranti has been promoted to executive vice-president and chief operating officer. Mr. Ferranti, who most recently was president of Rich’s North America Business Group, will have oversight of Rich’s five regional businesses. Earlier, he spent 10 years as president of Rich’s International Business Group prior to his North America leadership role.

“Richard has successfully led our North America business through our evolving strategy that has focused on and advanced our strengths, while embracing the historic changes in the world in which we compete,” Mr. Gisel said. “His intellect, passion and long-term track record of success in a variety of important leadership roles across Rich’s make Richard the ideal candidate to assume this critical position for our company.”

 Kevin Malchoff has been named executive vice-president of global business development. Mr. Malchoff, who most recently was president of Rich's International Business Group, will lead the company's efforts to advance the strategies, capabilities and processes needed to accelerate new business across the globe.

“Kevin has devoted the past five years of his 30-year Rich's career as the president of the International Business Group,” Mr. Gisel said. “Under Kevin’s leadership, our businesses outside the U.S. and Canada have driven unprecedented rates of growth and success in emerging markets across the globe.”

 Jim Deuschle, Rich’s executive vice-president and chief financial officer, is assuming additional responsibility for the company’s global procurement function, replacing Bill Gillmore, Rich’s chief procurement officer, who has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2012.

“Jim has worked closely with our procurement function to improve our ability to plan and forecast the impact of commodities on our business, and has continued to demonstrate strong leadership and valuable insight as a member of our executive team,” Mr. Gisel said. “His assumption of a closer leadership role over procurement is consistent with his responsibility for our enterprise risk management strategies.”

 Maureen Hurley, Rich’s executive vice-president and chief administrative officer, is continuing in her current role with oversight of the company’s legal, communications and human resources functions, but she also will take on added responsibilities related to global human resource leadership.

“Maureen has demonstrated a keen insight and ability to drive people and communication strategies that shape our culture and engage our associates,” Mr. Gisel said. “She will also be instrumental in driving the strategies that support our worldwide reputation.”

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