ClarkDietrich announced March 18 the impending retirement of its president and CEO, Jim Collins. Collins, who has been at the helm of ClarkDietrich since 2017, will step down on March 31, 2025. Brian Panuccio, the company’s current chief commercial officer, has been tapped to take the reins upon Collins’ departure.

Collins has served in a variety of roles in his four decades of service, beginning as a management trainee with Dietrich Industries in 1983 after graduation from Hiram College earlier that same year. In 2011, he moved to Cincinnati to become ClarkDietrich’s chief information officer. He was part of the team that brought two industry-leading firms together when ClarkWestern Building Systems and Dietrich Metal Framing were combined to form ClarkDietrich Building Systems following the challenges of the great financial crisis. Today, the company remains the nation’s top producer of steel framing materials and employs over 1,500 people across 17 facilities throughout the USA and Canada.

“It has been a wonderful opportunity to be a part of these companies for over four decades, and it has been a truly amazing journey,” Collins said. “ClarkDietrich is the market leader within the steel framing industry thanks to our unmatched portfolio of products, services and extraordinary people. Retirement opens the doors to new experiences, but it will be tough to leave such a great team. However, I will leave the company confident that my successor, Brian Panuccio, will lead the company to even greater levels of success.”

Collins will work closely with Panuccio over the next 12 months to ensure a smooth transition. Like Collins, Panuccio has committed his career to cold-formed steel framing, having joined Dietrich Metal Framing in 2002. He brings decades of experience managing sales and marketing functions in both local, regional and national markets. He joined the company as part of a sales trainee program and has steadily advanced his career by excelling in each role along the way.

“Jim has guided our company with a steady hand during the challenges associated with a nationwide pandemic and a number of significant supply chain disruptions,” Panuccio said. “I’m humbled and honored to have this opportunity and look forward to building on our momentum. He and I will work closely over the next year as we manage day-to-day operations together and set the strategic direction for ClarkDietrich.” Panuccio is an alumnus of the University of Pittsburgh and The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

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