Ferro Corporation announced that James Kirsch has stepped down as president and CEO. The company's board also accepted Kirsch's resignation from the board. Peter Thomas, Operating VP of Polymer and Ceramic Engineered Materials, has been named Interim President and CEO. The board has engaged a third-party search firm to assist in the search for a permanent successor to Kirsch and will consider both internal and external candidates. William Lawrence, a member of Ferro's board, is serving as acting chairman of the board.