Guardian has named Ricardo Knecht General Manager for South America, Guardian Glass.

Knecht is responsible for developing strategies, setting priorities and executing critical initiatives for the company throughout South America.

Guardian Glass’ South American operations include two float glass plants in Brazil (Tatui, Sao Paulo and Porto Real, Rio de Janeiro) and distribution centers in Argentina, Colombia and Costa Rica.

“This is a new position and an important role for the organisation as we work to create value for our customers, the company and the communities where we operate,” says Rick Zoulek, Vice President, America, Guardian Glass.

“Ricardo will be responsible for driving innovation, eliminating waste and improving on how we create an exceptional customer experience.”

Knecht was most recently General Manager of SABIC – South America, where he was responsible for sales and application development for Specialty and Core materials, as well as supply chain, manufacturing and business development activities for the region.

Before that, he was Chief Financial Officer of GE Plastics for Latin America.

Knecht will be based in Brazil.