Gypsum manufacturer USG has announced effective January 1, James S. Metcalf, currently president and chief operating officer, will become CEO as well as continuing as president, succeeding William C. Foote as CEO. Metcalf will assume full responsibility for USG’s strategic growth and development and for ensuring its continued operational excellence, the company said in a press release.

Foote continues as executive chairman of the USG Board of Directors. These changes continue the implementation of an ongoing executive succession plan developed and overseen by Foote and the USG BOD over the past few years.

Metcalf joined USG as a sales trainee in 1980. In addition to his experience in the company’s sales organization, he has served as president of the company’s Building Systems unit, which includes United States Gypsum Company and USG Interiors, Inc., and president of its L&W Supply Corp. distribution business. His executive management experience also includes roles in marketing and strategy.