Executive Management Team
Frank Heard was appointed Vice Chairman of the Board in January 2019. Prior to that, from January 2015 to 2019, Mr. Heard was Chief Executive Officer and Director of Gibraltar. Mr. Heard has more than 30 years of experience in the building products industry. Prior to joining Gibraltar, Mr. Heard served as president, ITW Building Components Group, a division of Illinois Tool Works Inc., a Fortune 200 global diversified industrial manufacturer. In that role, he had global responsibility for the strategic direction and operational performance of 25 business in 18 country markets across a wide range of industry segments including residential and commercial construction, retail and component manufacturing. Earlier, Mr. Heard filled various executive roles for Illinois Tool Works dating back to 1990.
William T. Bosway
William T. Bosway was appointed Chief Executive Officer and Director of Gibraltar in January 2019. Mr. Bosway joined Gibraltar with 29 years of experience in Fortune 500 industrial companies. Prior to Gibraltar, Mr. Bosway served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Dover Corporation's Refrigeration and Food Equipment segment, with annual revenue of $1.6 billion. Earlier, he was Group Vice-President, Refrigeration and Solutions at Emerson Electric, a division with $1.8 billion in revenue. At Emerson Electric, Mr. Bosway also led global research and innovation, advanced manufacturing and engineering, supply chain, and quality organizations, which supported the $4 billion revenue climate technologies business.
Patrick M. Burns
Patrick Burns was appointed Chief Operating Officer of Gibraltar in March 2019. Prior to joining Gibraltar, Mr. Burns was Senior Vice President, Strategy at Dover Corporation from 2016 to 2018. Earlier he served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy at Johnson Controls from 2014 to 2016, after spending the previous five years with Danaher in operating company leadership positions. Prior to these roles, Mr. Burns held growth and leadership roles at Trex, DuPont and Owens Corning, and served as a Captain in the United States Army.
Timothy F. Murphy
Timothy F. Murphy was appointed Chief Financial Officer in March 2017. Mr. Murphy served as Secretary and Vice President of Treasury, Tax, and Risk since 2012. Previously, he served as Vice President of Treasury Operations since January 2010, and as Director of Treasury Operations from June 2008 to January 2010. He was Director of Financial Reporting from September 2004 to June 2008. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Murphy served a variety of roles at KPMG from 1996 to 2004, including Audit Senior Manager.
Cherri L. Syvrud
Cherri L. Syvrud has been Senior Vice President of Human Resources and Organizational Development since April 2016. She joined Gibraltar after a 28-year career at Illinois Tool Works Inc., where she served most recently as Platform Director of Human Resources, where she developed and implemented HR processes to increase operational effectiveness and talent development globally. Previously she was Manager of Human Resources and Employee Relations, leading human resource integration in acquisitions and negotiating union contracts.
Jack L. Mehltretter
Jack L. Mehltretter was appointed VP of Information Technology in January 2017. He previously had been Global Vice President of Information Technology at New Era Cap Company, an international headwear/apparel company, since 2007. Earlier, he was VP of Information Technology at Cliffstar Corp., a supplier of ready-to-drink beverages with annual revenues of $1B. Mr. Mehltretter has held leadership positions in Information Technology, supply chain management and internal consulting for more than 30 years. He has extensive background in outsourcing partnerships, contract negotiations, customer/supplier integration, and process re-engineering, including ERP software implementation and the launch of global business intelligence platforms.
Lori A. Rizzo
Lori A. Rizzo was appointed Vice President, Corporate Controller in March 2018. Previously, Ms. Rizzo had served as Gibraltar's Director of Accounting & Reporting since 2012 and Manager of Corporate Accounting since 2008. Ms. Rizzo's experience at Gibraltar includes consolidations, acquisitions & divestitures, and policy implementation, along with SEC reporting. Prior to joining the Company, Ms. Rizzo progressed through a series of corporate finance roles with M&T Bank and other local banking establishments from 1992 to 2008.
William L. Vietas
William L. Vietas (Bill) was appointed President of the Renewable Energy and Conservation Group in January of 2018. Before that, he was General Manager of RBI Solar, helping to start the company in 2009. He also had previously served as Commercial Division Manager for Rough Brothers. Prior to joining Rough Brothers, Mr. Vietas worked at Van Wingerden Greenhouse Company.
John E. Wagner
John E. Wagner was appointed Vice President of Supply Chain Management and Business Process Simplification in January 2015 after having joined Gibraltar in September 2004 as Vice President of Supply Chain Management. Throughout his more than 20-year career, Mr. Wagner has worked for large multi-national companies recognized as leaders in procurement and supply chain management. Just prior to joining Gibraltar, Mr. Wagner was working for United Technology’s Carrier Division where he was Director of Supply Chain Management of Carrier’s North American Residential Business Unit, a $2-billion business. There, he oversaw strategic global sourcing and material spending for multiple Carrier locations.
Jeffrey J. Watorek
Jeffrey J. Watorek was appointed Vice President, Treasurer and Secretary in April 2017. Previously, Mr. Watorek had served as Gibraltar's Director of Financial Planning & Analysis since 2012 and Manager of External Reporting since 2008. Mr. Watorek's experience at Gibraltar includes budgeting and forecasting, managing the Company's real estate portfolio, as well as valuation and due diligence of prospective M&A targets. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Watorek progressed through a series of roles with Ernst & Young from 2002 to 2008 including Audit Manager.