CHINO, CA--(Marketwire - Mar 19, 2013) - Jacuzzi Brands Corporation today announced that Robert I. Rowan, 52 years old, has been appointed president and chief executive officer effective April 1, 2013. He will have full strategic and operating responsibility for the company and all of its global operations.
Mr. Rowan joined Jacuzzi in July of 2008 as the president, Jacuzzi Luxury Bath. In January of 2009 he took on additional responsibility for the Global Spa business and became the president, N.A. Bath and Global Spa. Prior to joining Jacuzzi, he spent more than 20 years in general management and senior commercial assignments for Vermont American (a Division of Emerson Electric) and Black & Decker Corporation (now Stanley Black & Decker). He earned his bachelors of science degree in marketing in 1982 from Miami of Ohio in Oxford, Ohio. He and his wife Mary Ellen live in Laguna Beach, Calif., and have three adult children.
George M. Sherman, chairman of the board, stated, "I am very excited about Bob Rowan taking over as CEO of Jacuzzi Brands. Bob brings an outstanding track record of performance over the past five years running our North American Bath and Global Spa businesses, and will make a terrific CEO. Bob has succeeded by significantly strengthening his organization, and focusing his team on delivering superior customer satisfaction, accelerated new product development, and supply chain excellence.
"I would like to thank Tom Koos for his leadership over the past six years as CEO of Jacuzzi. Tom has assembled an excellent global management team at Jacuzzi, and has groomed Bob Rowan to take over as CEO. Tom is joining Weber Stephens Products LLC as their new CEO, and we are pleased that he has agreed to stay on the Jacuzzi Board of Directors. The transformation that has taken place at Jacuzzi over the last six years positions us well for the future under Bob's leadership."
About Jacuzzi Brands Corporation
Jacuzzi Brands Corporation, through its subsidiaries, is a global manufacturer and distributor of branded bath and plumbing products. These include whirlpool baths, spas, showers, and bathtubs, and other plumbing products. Our products are marketed under a portfolio of brand names, including JACUZZI®, SUNDANCE®, THERMOSPAS® and DIMENSION ONE SPAS®. Learn more at www.jacuzzibrands.com.