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REHAU has announced the appointment of Mark Hudoba to vice president of building solutions for the Americas region. Hudoba will lead the business division and drive growth of the company's plumbing and mechanical product lines including radiant heating/cooling, pre-insulated piping, geoexchange, snow melting, plumbing and municipal water service.
Hudoba replaces Mike Dietrich, who will leave REHAU during January 2021. Based at the company's Americas headquarters in Leesburg, Virginia, Dietrich has capably served in various roles throughout his 20-year career with REHAU. Beginning as a marketing specialist, Dietrich rose to product manager of radiant heating/cooling for several years before being promoted to vice president in 2013, initially responsible for North America and then for the entire Americas region.
"On behalf of our building solutions team, I would like to recognize Mike's significant contributions to REHAU. His leadership and commitment to building long-term relationships with employees and customers has been vital to securing our strong reputation and position in this sector," said Thomas Troeger, chief sales and marketing officer of REHAU Americas. "We wish Mike well in his future professional endeavors."
Hudoba has worked in the building materials manufacturing industry for 25 years, with a proven track record in market-share growth and profitable sales for established and new product lines. Most recently, he was director of product management for building materials with the offsite construction start-up Katerra. Prior to his role at Katerra, Hudoba was director of product management and senior director of strategy and innovation at Uponor North America, where he led cross-functional teams through strategic business planning, product development and innovation to penetrate new segments of the hydronic heating/cooling and commercial plumbing markets. Previous positions with companies including 3M, Andersen Windows, Wayne-Dalton Corporation and SageGlass lend to Hudoba's extensive industry experience.
"Mark's broad construction industry experience and his depth of knowledge in hydronic and plumbing markets were key factors in his selection," said Troeger. "From start-ups to established global companies, he has worked with executive teams to expand their product portfolios, penetrate new markets and chart new strategic directions. We are pleased to welcome Mark to REHAU and I am confident his track record in product engineering and business planning will help keep our building solution division at the forefront of emerging trends."
Hudoba earned his MBA from the University of West Florida and holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Business Marketing from the University of Minnesota. Additionally, he is a LEED accredited Green Associate and is listed as an inventor on 10 U.S. patents.
"I was attracted to REHAU because their core values — trust, reliability and innovation — are closely aligned to mine," said Hudoba. "The decision to join an already strong team representing a solid portfolio of PEX-based applications was simple. REHAU is known for its top-notch engineering and commitment to customer success. I am looking forward to leading the building solutions business toward continued growth and innovation."
REHAU is the premium worldwide brand for polymer-based innovations and systems in construction, automotive and industry. The company generates continuous growth through its expertise and innovative capabilities in materials development, systems design and surface technology. Approximately 20,000 employees at more than 170 locations around the world ensure success of the independent, privately held company.