Kennesaw, Ga. – Invista Surfaces, a segment of Invista Performance Surfaces & Materials (PS&M) and maker of Antron carpet fibers, is pleased to announce that effective immediately Invista’s Marc Ahrens has been promoted to take the helm as vice president, commercial, for the Antron brand. Concurrently, Ahrens’ predecessor, Ralph H. Grogan, will leave Invista to become president of Bentley Prince Street.
Marc Ahrens brings more than a decade of marketing, sales and product development experience in the global commercial flooring industry to his new role. In it, he’ll be responsible for continuing to advance the position of the Antron branded offerings in the marketplace, creating additional value for our customers and helping them build upon the equity in the more than 40-year-strong Antron brand.
“We have no doubt that Marc will seamlessly pursue this new role and continue to lead our global Antron team to achieve new heights,” said Dan Haycook, executive vice president, Invista Surfaces.
Haycook continued, “While bittersweet that Ralph is leaving Invista after he’s made such a tremendous impact in such a short time, we fully support his decision to pursue this tremendous opportunity with one of our key customers, Bentley Prince Street.”
Reflecting upon both the news of Ahrens taking the helm and pursuant of his new role with Bentley, Grogan added, “Working at Invista has been a great experience for me. While here, I had a unique opportunity to work with cross-functional, cross-regional teams with a single consistent strategy: to position the Antron brand for continued global growth while exceeding customer expectations, delivering a constant stream of innovations and differentiated offerings. For years, our team has worked with the Bentley Prince Street teams to develop integrated growth strategies for the Antron brand, and I’m confident that these initiatives will continue.”
To continue to build upon the strength of its global Invista commercial business and to continue to leverage ‘best knowledge’ across its teams and offerings, Jan Peterschick will apply her nearly 20 years of industry experience as she is promoted to director of field operations for Invista’s commercial business. Peterschick will assume responsibility for the global network of Antron fiber consultants, the Antron dealer network, as well as oversee the commercial business’ marketing insights and end-use marketing teams. Sharon Knox-Tucker has been appointed strategic accounts manager, a newly formed position that will lead global national account development and strategies to gain further specification of the Antron brand.