Guardian Industries has named Rick Zoulek vice president of North American Flat Glass operations.

“Rick brings to Guardian leadership skills that will more strongly position us in the competitive and constantly changing flat glass business in North America,” said Scott Thomsen, Guardian Glass Group president, in a release.

"He has the innate ability to connect innovation and manufacturing to meet customer needs, and will be instrumental in furthering our goal to be a world leader in providing value-added products and services.”

Zoulek says he welcomes the opportunity to join the Guardian leadership team. “There is a principle at Guardian of adding value every day to our customers and that is a vision I completely share,” he said, in the release.

Zoulek was recently vice president of industrial coatings for the Americas at PPG Industries.