CertainTeed Corp has announced the retirement of its president and CEO, Peter Dachowski, effective August 31, 2011.

During his 35-year tenure with CertainTeed, and its parent company Saint-Gobain, Dachowski served in a long progression of executive roles in finance and global management. After Exxon Treasurers and the Boston Consulting Group, he joined CertainTeed in 1976 and was quickly promoted to vice president and treasurer and later, corporate comptroller. Through the late 80s, despite an economic downturn, he led significant growth in CertainTeed’s roofing, ventilation, siding and window businesses through new product innovations and acquisitions. In the early 90s, his responsibilities were expanded to include all of CertainTeed’s building materials manufacturing and wholesale distribution businesses.

Dachowski currently serves on the board of directors of Ball Horticultural Company, International House of Philadelphia, Foreign Relations Policy Institute, Philadelphia Film Society, and the advisory council to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University. He is an emeritus board director of the Philadelphia Orchestra Association.

John Crowe, who is currently the president of Saint-Gobain’s global abrasives business, will succeed Dachowski as president and CEO of CertainTeed Corporation. Crowe has held numerous leadership positions within the Saint-Gobain group of companies over the past 30 years. As the president of Saint-Gobain Abrasives, he is responsible for 13,000 employees and approximately 75 manufacturing facilities in 24 countries.