USG Corp. announced that James S. Metcalf will retire as chairman of the board, president and chief executive officer, effective Oct. 31, 2016. Metcalf has served as president and chief executive officer since January 2011 and as chairman since December 2011.
Jennifer F. Scanlon, executive vice president, president, International and president, L&W Supply Corp., will succeed Metcalf as president and CEO upon his retirement and has been appointed a director of the company, effective immediately. Scanlon will serve as executive vice president and CEO-elect until Nov. 1, 2016. As part of the leadership transition, Steven F. Leer, lead director, will become non-executive chairman of the board, effective Nov. 1, 2016.
“After more than 35 years with the company and more than a decade in senior leadership roles, including almost six years as president and chief executive officer, I believe that it is the right time for me to move on to the next phase of my professional life and for Jenny to guide USG into its next chapter,” said Metcalf.
Metcalf continued, “Together we have executed Our Plan to Win, strengthening and growing our core businesses, diversifying our earnings and differentiating our products and services through innovation. With the announced sale of L&W Supply, a strong balance sheet and a deep, experienced team in place, the company is well prepared for this leadership transition. I have full confidence that Jenny and our management team will continue to provide dynamic leadership to create even greater success for our customers, shareholders and employees.”
“Jenny’s background, skills, and expertise give the board full confidence that she is the right person to serve as the next leader of USG,” said Leer. “Having served in a variety of positions at USG for almost 14 years, Jenny knows the business intimately and brings great insight to this role. She played a leadership role in developing and executing the company’s strategy, including the establishment of the USG Boral joint venture and in returning L&W Supply to profitability. Jenny’s promotion is a reflection of the board’s long-standing succession planning, and we are pleased to have an executive as qualified as Jenny take the reins and lead USG as it moves into its next phase of growth and value creation. We thank Jim for his outstanding leadership of USG over the years, taking over during challenging market conditions, restoring the company to profitability and putting it on sound financial footing.”
“I am excited to take on the role of president and CEO at USG, an outstanding company with innovative products, dedicated employees, clear growth prospects and a solid financial foundation,” said Scanlon. “These strengths give me great confidence that we are prepared for the next phase of the company’s future. I look forward to working closely with USG’s executive team and employees across the company. Together, we will build on our significant momentum and deliver value for our shareholders, customers, partners and employees.”