Quebec City, Quebec, Nov. 14, 2017 - Ralph Bruno has been named CEO of Derby Building Products Inc. (formerly Novik Inc.), the international manufacturer of the Tando™ and Novik® brands of exterior cladding products. In his new role, Bruno will provide strategic direction and leadership for the rapidly growing company, as its Tando and Novik brands of shake and stone continue to expand throughout the U.S. and Canada. Francois Giroux, who held the CEO position since 2014 for Novik, recently announced his retirement.
“It is humbling to be selected leader of such a great company,” said Bruno, “Francois Giroux built an incredible operational foundation over the past seven years, serving as General Manager, CFO and then as CEO. This foundation gives our team a platform to grow our share and reach in the marketplace. “
Bruno is best known for developing and leading market conversion from wood to iconic brand leaders Trex® and AZEK®. He was instrumental in creating new categories of decking for Trex which defined composite decking and AZEK, with innovative pvc decking and house trim materials Prior to joining Derby, Bruno was National Sales Manager of Trex Company in the early 90s before starting AZEK Building Products in 2000 where he served as President until 2009. The AZEK brand was conceived and developed by Bruno, under the supportive ownership of Clearview Capital, the same team that is the owner of Derby Building Products. Bruno joined Derby (formerly Novik) as President in 2014.
Today, Bruno continues to lead the Derby team in defining new categories with game-changing brands that include Derby’s Tando and Novik brands of shake and stone. Through a series of R&D innovations and a transformative acquisition, he has helped guide Derby to a position of growth and expansion with a dedicated sales force, distribution partners, an expanding dealer network and Home Improvement Retailers.
“I am honored to serve as CEO of Derby Building Products as we embark on a new phase of growth,” said Bruno. “Our Derby team and distribution partners, like our unique products, are second to none. Over the years, it has been an exciting journey to help grow the market with brands that have completely changed and shaped the face of the exterior building materials industry. The opportunity for the team at Derby and our customers is even greater than my past experiences.”
The Tando and Novik brands of shake and stone feature unrivaled realism, with enhanced color technologies. Novik and Tando product lines feature easy installation, low-maintenance and moisture resistance as ideal exterior options. For example, New Beach House Shake by Tando is indistinguishable from real cedar shake and impervious to moisture, while adding curb appeal and low upkeep to any home.
To learn more about TandoShake and TandoStone, visit www.tandobp.com. Learn more about Novik’s product lines at www.novik.com.
Derby Building Products overview
Derby Building Products has a rich legacy dating back to 1978 as the pioneer in polymer shakes for home exteriors. Our quality, injection-molded polypropylene products have evolved into product lines that are defining entirely new categories in the building products industry. With manufacturing facilities in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada (ISO 9000) and Miami, Florida, Derby is leading a market-driven conversion to products that have the appearance of the materials they replace, such as wood and stone, but without the upkeep and weather-related issues. Tando products are available through pro dealers throughout North America (www.tandobp.com). Novik products have a robust network of outlets including many leading Home Improvement Retail stores throughout North America (www.novik.com).