Guardian Industries has announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Scott Thomsen to President of its Flat Glass Group (Guardian Glass) with effect from 1st September 2011.

Mr Thomsen succeeds Russ Ebeid, who will retire on 1st September after 41 years with the company. He was previously Group Vice President of North American Flat Glass, reporting to Mr Ebeid.

During the transitional period prior to his appointment, Mr Thomsen will assume the new role of Chief Operating Officer, working closely with Mr Ebeid. As the new President of the Flat Glass Group, he will oversee the worldwide operations of Guardian’s float glass manufacturing, marketing, distribution and product development.

“Scott has been instrumental in making Guardian a world leader in glass coating technology and increasingly has been involved in our global glass and coating business,” said Mr Ebeid. “He is the right person to take on the challenges and opportunities that face our global glass operations,” he added.