Valerie Gervais has been named Vice President of Development and Recruitment for the North American businesses of Saint-Gobain, the world's largest building materials company.
The company employs 19,000 people in its North American businesses, which include Valley Forge-based CertainTeed, a manufacturer of roofing, siding, wallboard and insulation.
Gervais will be responsible for the company's executive recruitment, succession planning and career development activities.
Prior to joining Saint-Gobain, Gervais was Director of Talent Management for GlaxoSmithKline in Philadelphia. Before that, she worked in personnel development for the Holiday Inn in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
Gervais has a master's degree in business from the Institute of Management in Rennes, France, and resides in Villanova, Pennsylvania.
With more than 1,000 subsidiaries in 59 countries, Saint-Gobain (http://www.saint-gobain.com/en) the world's largest manufacturer and distributor of building materials, and a leader in the production of high performance materials and glass containers. Founded in 1665 and headquartered in Paris, Saint-Gobain had worldwide sales of $52.7 billion in 2009 and employs approximately 209,000 people. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain employs approximately 19,000 people, and had sales of $6.8 billion in 2009. The company has approximately 150 manufacturing plants and more than 150 distribution outlets throughout North America.
Saint-Gobain businesses include CertainTeed (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania), Norandex Building Materials Distribution (Hudson, Ohio); Saint-Gobain Abrasives (Worcester, Massachusetts); Saint-Gobain Crystals (Hiram, Ohio); Saint-Gobain Containers (Muncie, Indiana); Saint-Gobain NorPro (Stow, Ohio); Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics (Aurora, Ohio); and Saint-Gobain Technical Fabrics (Grand Island, New York).