Gilford-Johnson fortifies leadership

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Scott Roy, president and CEO.

Jeffersonville, Ind.—Scott Roy, president and CEO of Gilford-Johnson Flooring, has created a new senior leadership team to further enhance integration efforts for the combined company and focus on growing the business going forward.

The new team members are as follows: Melinda McChesney will continue to serve in her position as president, Southeast division. However, her role has shifted away from day-to-day managerial duties to concentrate on the Gartman Systems software conversion. She will also be heavily involved in transitioning the Tarkett/Johnsonite relationship to other senior leaders.

Scott Shanks becomes senior vice president, finance and administration. Sandra Webb will report directly to Shanks as vice president, finance, Southeast division.

Rob Purkins has been appointed to the position of senior vice president, products and marketing. He brings years of experience in flooring, leading product management and marketing functions. Jodie Doyle will continue to report to Purkins as vice president, product management. Both will relinquish their direct sales supervision responsibilities.

Nik Burdett holds the newly created position of senior vice president, sales. A seasoned industry leader, Burdett will be responsible for the entire sales team from Indiana and Ohio down to South Florida. His previous sales service responsibilities will move to David Dobbs going forward.

Dobbs becomes senior vice president, sales service, purchasing and inventory. In this position, he will lead the multi-faceted aspects of sales support from order entry to inventory receiving. All sales service centers will report up through Dobbs, as will the purchasing department for all products/suppliers. He will also lead inventory control and claims.

Lastly, Christopher Nelson has been named vice president, strategy and human resources. In this capacity, he will lead the human resources, legal and strategy functions for the combined company.

“I’m very confident that with this strong leadership team we are utilizing the right people to lead within Gilford-Johnson and are now poised to operate one unified company effectively,” Roy stated.

Since he first assumed his position in February, the process of integrating the old Gilford-Flooring with Johnson Wholesale Floors has been Roy’s primary focus. The new senior leadership team allows him to concentrate more on the issues involved in running the business while other senior leaders increase their ownership of the integration process.

As part of the changes, Roy himself will oversee all of the company’s activities, directing its strategic focus and driving Gilford-Johnson’s growth in its key markets. The combined operations team will report directly to him, as will the members of the senior leadership group.

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