Barnwell, S.C.—KronotexUSA, a leading manufacturer of laminate flooring products, has appointed Zeb Portanova as president and CEO, effective February 1. KronotexUSA is a subsidiary of the Swiss Krono Group headquartered in Lucerne, Switzerland and operates a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility here.
“Zeb is a proven leader with deep operations, technology and business experience,” said Max Von Tippelskirch, member of the Swiss Krono Group management board. “He is well known for his collaborative style of leadership with partners, customers and employees. We are looking forward to the energy and creativity he will bring to the U.S. operation.”
Portanova succeeds Norman Voss, who has served as KronotexUSA interim CEO since March 2014. Voss will remain with the company as a member of the board of directors and will continue to be actively involved in future expansion, investment and raw material sourcing activities for KronotexUSA.
“I am very pleased that Mr. Voss will remain in an active role on the board and I look forward to having his experience and guidance as we move forward,” Portanova said.
Prior to joining Kronotex USA, Portanova held a variety of leadership positions at Eli Lilly and other nonprofit and for-profit companies.