desAutels to Head Tarkett’s Laminate Business

Farnham, Quebec--June 6—Tarkett has named Jean desAutels to the post of Business Centre Manager of the company’s North American Laminate Division and General Manager of the AT Clarion Group - a joint venture with Aconcagua Timber Corporation (ATC). In his new position, desAutels will manage the North American portion of Tarkett’s global laminate business. His primary responsibility will be to increase the companies laminate market share to a leadership position and to manage the new partnership with ATC. This move will allow Jan Lembregts, president, Tarkett Residential North America, to focus on the expansion of other Tarkett residential products and capabilities while at the same time assisting desAutels with the laminate sales growth in North America through the Tarkett sales organization. "Our ultimate goal is to increase our overall market share in North America in all categories. Jean has worked hand-in-hand with me for the past few years and I’m confident his experience and vision will make an immediate impact on our continued growth in the laminate sector," said Lembregts. "We’ve invested strongly in this category which is evident by our partnership with ATC. Jean is the perfect person to manage this partnership and help expand Tarkett’s product offering and service to our customers." desAutels has been with Tarkett for over eight years, most recently serving as vice president of finance and strategic planning for Tarkett Residential, a position he held for the past three and a half years. desAutels will report directly to a new board of directors who will run the AT Clarion Group. In a related move to strengthen its laminate business globally, Tarkett also announced the appointment of Jean-Sebastian Moinier as business centre manager of the company’s worldwide laminate business. Moinier will report directly to John Rietveldt, president of Tarkett Residential Worldwide.

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