BURNABY, BC, June 3, 2020 – Taiga Building Products Ltd. (“Taiga” or the “Company”) announced today that Russell Permann, currently Taiga’s COO and EVP Operations, will be appointed to the role of Co-CEO effective January 1st, 2021. In order to facilitate an orderly succession process, Trent Balog, Taiga’s current CEO and President, will step down from his present positions on December 31st, 2020 and serve as Co-CEO alongside Mr. Permann. Mr. Balog has agreed to step down from the Co-CEO position on December 31st, 2021 and remain involved with the Company in a consulting role for a two year period thereafter. Effective January 1st, 2022, Mr. Permann will take over as Taiga’s sole CEO.
Ian Tong, Chairman of Taiga Building Products said “among his many accomplishments over his 26 year career at Taiga, Mr. Balog was instrumental in growing the Company into a leading manufacturer and distributor of treated wood products in Canada. As CEO, Mr. Balog has worked tirelessly to prepare Taiga for its next phase of growth. He modernized Taiga’s IT infrastructure by supporting the implementation of new Customer Relationship Management and Warehouse Management systems. He grew the Company’s presence in allied building products like flooring and siding. He also led the Company through its first major acquisition in over a decade, by acquiring Exterior Wood Inc. in 2018. On behalf of the board of directors, I would like to thank Mr. Balog for his enormous contributions to Taiga’s success. I am excited that Mr. Balog will remain with Taiga until the end of 2023 to help mentor the next generation of Taiga leadership.”
Prior to Taiga, Mr. Permann spent 8 years at Jager Building Systems Inc. When he left Jager, he was their Director of Sales and Distribution – North America. He joined Taiga in 2008 as General Manager, Engineered Wood Products and gradually took on greater responsibilities including overseeing Taiga’s business in the Prairies and the USA and managing the Envirofor plants. Mr. Permann has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Calgary and an MBA from Athabasca University. Ian Tong stated “Mr. Permann’s extensive industry experience, coupled with his outstanding interpersonal and communication skills and passion for innovation will position Taiga for continued success in the coming years.”
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