CARY, N.C. — Cornerstone Building Brands has announced that James S. Metcalf will retire as chief executive officer, effective Sept. 6, 2021. As part of the leadership transition, Metcalf will continue in the role of executive chairman of the board through March 31, 2022. Rose Lee will succeed Metcalf as president and CEO and will join the board as a director of the company.
“Leading Cornerstone Building Brands since its inception has been such an honor for me,” said Metcalf. “Together, we worked diligently to deliver on our strategy towards profitable growth and strengthen our industry leadership. This has been a remarkable journey of transformation and growth and the Company is well prepared for this leadership transition.”
Over the last year, the Board of Directors conducted a comprehensive search process to identify a successor. Lee has held multiple senior leadership positions at DuPont, most recently serving as president of the Water and Protection business and at Saint-Gobain, where she led building products businesses for the residential end-markets.
“Rose’s background, skills, and expertise give the board full confidence that she is the right person to serve as the next leader of Cornerstone Building Brands as it continues positioning for growth and value creation. I have full confidence that Rose and our management team will continue to provide dynamic leadership to create even greater success for our customers, shareholders and employees,” Metcalf said.
“On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to acknowledge and thank Jim for his steadfast leadership and for developing a winning management team that is poised for future success,” said John Krenicki, Jr, lead director of the Cornerstone Building Brands Board of Directors. “He was instrumental in creating an exterior building products industry leader beginning with the merger of NCI Building Systems & Ply Gem, integrating multiple acquisitions, driving portfolio simplification and setting a high bar for performance. We were very fortunate to have an exceptional leader like Jim at the helm as the Company navigated during the pandemic.”
“Rose is a proven leader and team builder with a diverse and deep set of skills and experiences. She and Jim share a common belief that talent, team and customers are the keys to success. The board is excited to have Rose join and lead Cornerstone Building Brands and work closely with Jim to ensure a seamless transition,” concluded Krenicki.
“I am extremely excited to join Cornerstone Building Brands as CEO and lead its next growth chapter,” said Lee. “I look forward to working with my 20,000 colleagues to scale our impact as a premier exterior building products company.”
Lee is a board member of Crown Holdings, Inc. She has served as a member of the Economic Advisory Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Inc., and is a member of Women Corporate Directors, Philadelphia chapter.
Lee earned a Bachelor of Science in aerospace engineering from Cornell University, a Master of Science in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and an M.B.A. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.