Zodiac Pool Systems Expands Its US Executive Management Team
ZODIAC POOL SYSTEMS EXPANDS
ITS U.S. EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT TEAM
Newly Promoted Team Members Round Out Sales and Marketing Organization
as Industry Veteran Vance Gillette Transitions into a New Role
VISTA, Calif. (Nov. 12, 2008) – Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a world leader in swimming pool and spa products, today announced the expansion of its U.S. executive management team to support Vance Gillette’s decision to transition from his current role with the Company. Scott Frost and Tim Lawrence have been promoted to the position of Vice President, where they will lead the newly created East and West Sales divisions, respectively. Frost and Lawrence join the executive management team, led by president and CEO, Bob Rasp, and current members Dave Nibler, vice president of marketing, Barry Greenwald, vice president of national accounts and Todd Cramer, vice president of sales and service operations.
Effective Jan. 5, 2009, Gillette, a 42-year industry veteran and Zodiac’s current executive vice president of sales and marketing, will transition from his full-time day-to-day responsibilities to form an independent consulting firm. Zodiac has negotiated a multi-year agreement with Gillette, whereby he will continue to work closely with Rasp, as he has done for the past 12 years. In doing so, Gillette will remain an important resource for Zodiac Pool Systems, continuing to expand customer relationships on behalf of the company and working with executive management to develop key sales and marketing strategies.
"Vance is genuinely excited about this new venture. We support his decision and feel very confident about the team we have put in place,” said Rasp. “Our goal is to continue building and expanding our business with new, innovative pool products and a customer-focused culture."
Gillette’s transition was prompted by a desire to maintain his long-term relationship with the company, while also mitigating some of the day-to-day activities associated with his current position. His new role will allow for continued contributions not only to Zodiac’s future growth and success, but that of the Industry as well.
"I am extremely pleased to be maintaining my long-term relationship with the company. I remain enthusiastic about the future of Zodiac Pool Systems, and our industry,” commented Gillette. “Throughout my career, I have been associated with companies that embody a customer centered philosophy. I am proud to see those same values in the executive management team at Zodiac."
The Zodiac Pool Systems sales and marketing organization will be centered in the newly dedicated Customer Care Center in Vista, Calif., which is a is a reflection of the company’s commitment to providing the industry’s highest level of customer service and support.
About Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.
Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc., a subsidiary of Zodiac Marine & Pool and a Carlyle Group portfolio company, is a world leader in swimming pool and spa products. The company’s comprehensive product lines are marketed under the leading brand names of Baracuda®, Jandy®, Nature2®, Polaris®, and Cover Pools®. Zodiac Pool Systems is the leading provider of premium, innovative pool and spa products and is committed to designing and producing the most energy efficient, earth friendly pool products and systems available. To learn more about Zodiac Pool Systems, visit www.zodiacpoolcare.com or call 800-822-7933.
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