Deceuninck North America Names Joren Knockaert as President and CEO
June 30, 2020
Deceuninck North America named Joren Knockaert as its new president and CEO. Knockaert succeeds Filip Geeraert, who announced his retirement as president and CEO this spring. Geeraert will now serve as Chairman of the Deceuninck North America Board of Directors.
Francis Van Eeckhout, CEO of Deceuninck Group, the parent company of Deceuninck North America, says Knockaert comes to Deceuninck with extensive global experience and a deep understanding of vinyl manufacturing. “Joren is an outstanding organizational leader with a keen eye for new product development and nurturing talent,” says Van Eeckhout. “We are excited to have him step in to orchestrate our continued growth at Deceuninck North America.”
“The fenestration industry is well-primed for innovation in products and processes," says Knockaert. "I believe Deceuninck North America is ideally positioned to advance innovation, design and reliability for each of our fabricators across the continent.”
Knockaert comes to Deceuninck from Mohawk Industries, where as VP of operations, he ran Mohawk-IVC’s North American operations in sheet vinyl and luxury vinyl flooring. In addition to overseeing four manufacturing plants, Knockaert guided the start-up of a $200 million facility.
Geeraert says, “Joren has the skills, expertise and leadership qualities that will take us into new territory. I am looking forward to working with him and our Board to continue our transformation into a new age of fenestration.”
Following the resolution of administrative delays caused by the COVID-19 crisis, Knockaert will join the DNA team on Aug. 1.