Mohawk Names Messiaen Successor to Thiers Leading Flooring ROW

Calhoun, GA, July 18, 2023-Mohawk announced that Wim Messiaen will join the company on October 16, following the completion of his contractual notice, and will succeed Bernard Thiers as president of the company’s Flooring Rest of the World segment, effective February 1, 2024. Thiers will continue in a senior advisory role after February 1 to ensure a successful transition of the business and its strategies.

For the past five years, Messiaen has served as CEO of the corrugated packaging division of VPK Group. Prior to that, he worked for sixteen years with Etex, a global building materials company, where his last position was division manager of roofing, Central and Eastern Europe. Earlier, Messiaen served as managing director of Domo Group’s contract carpet tile division.

Since 2009, Thiers has led Mohawk’s Flooring Rest of the World segment. He expanded the business into new geographies and product categories while developing a leadership team. Under Thiers’ leadership, the business executed multiple transformational acquisitions, including IVC Group in Europe and Godfrey Hirst, the largest flooring business in Australia and New Zealand. He built the panels and insulation businesses into industry leaders both through organic growth and acquisitions. Thiers’ focus on product innovation led to the creation of breakthrough innovations in flooring, resulting in a robust patent portfolio and licensing business.

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