Barnwell, S.C. – KronotexUSA, a leading manufacturer of laminate flooring products, is pleased to announce the appointment of Zeb Portanova to the positions of President and CEO, effective February 1, 2016. KronotexUSA is a subsidiary of the SWISS KRONO GROUP headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland, and operates a 670,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Barnwell with a capacity of more than 275 million square feet.
“Zeb is a proven leader with deep operations, technology and business experience. He is well known for his collaborative style of leadership with partners, customers and employees,” said Max Von Tippelskirch, member of the SWISS KRONO GROUP Management Board. “We are looking forward to the energy and creativity he will bring to the U.S. operation,” Von Tippelskirch added.
Mr. Portanova succeeds Mr. Norman Voss, who has served as KronotexUSA interim CEO since March 2014. Mr. Voss will remain with the company as a Member of the Board of Directors and continue to be actively involved in future expansion, investment, and raw material sourcing activities for KronotexUSA.
“I am excited and honored to join the team at KronotexUSA,” said Mr. Portanova. “I am very pleased that Mr. Voss will remain in an active role on the Board and I look forward to having his experience and guidance as we move forward”.
Prior to joining Kronotex USA Holdings, Inc., Mr. Portanova held a variety of leadership positions at Eli Lilly and Company and other nonprofit and for-profit companies. He serves on numerous boards of directors, including the Alumni Council at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business, the Nicholas H. Noyes Jr. Memorial Foundation, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Mavuno (focusing on economic development in the Congo), and as the President of the Harvard Club of Indiana. Past board service includes the Boys and Girls Clubs and Chairman of the Board for Habitat for Humanity.
Mr. Portanova has an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University, a Masters in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelors Degree from the University of Florida.
For further questions, please contact Barbara June at 678-540-9121
KronotexUSA manufactures in Barnwell, S.C., virtually any style, shape, finish, texture, scrape, bevel, locking system, thickness, and size of laminate flooring planks sold through distributors, dealers, and retail outlets nationwide. KronotexUSA’s unique combination of quality and affordability has led the company to be one of the biggest manufacturers of laminate in the U.S., earning it the nickname “The Quiet Giant” of flooring products. More information can be found by visiting the company website at www.kronotexusa.com.
About the Swiss Krono Group
The SWISS KRONO GROUP has its origins in a company founded in Menznau, Switzerland in 1966. Today it is one of the world’s leading producers of engineered wood products with more than 4,500 employees. The stockholders and staff are strongly aware of their responsibilities – to succeed in business, produce at the highest quality standards, and be environmentally responsible. They are committed to a long-term view of efficiently producing modern, eco-friendly products made from wood, a renewable raw material. Krono Holding AG, which spearheads the Group, has its head office in Lucerne, Switzerland. More information can be found by visiting the company website at www.krono.com.