Merritt Gaunt named president of SRG Global®, Inc.

Gaunt takes over for Dave Prater, who announced his retirement earlier this year

Merritt Gaunt has been named president of SRG Global®, a Guardian Industries company. Gaunt directs the company’s operations around the world to advance the vision and culture and drive the strategy for long-term sustainable growth.

Gaunt was most recently vice president, Africa, Middle East, India and Asia (AMEIA) for Guardian Glass, a Guardian company. Gaunt joined Guardian Industries in 2013 as managing director of Corporate Development and was later named vice president of Operations for Guardian Glass before assuming the role in AMEIA.

“Merritt is prepared to take SRG Global to the next level by applying Market-Based Management® to achieve superior results for the company, its customers, employees and other strategic partners,” said Ron Vaupel, president and CEO of Guardian Industries. “This is a time of change and opportunity for the company and the automotive industry. We’re excited for the future of SRG Global under Merritt’s leadership.”

Gaunt has more than 16 years of operations, finance, marketing and business development experience. He held various positions at Koch Industries in the Koch Equity Development Group, and in 2006 he joined the strategy and business development group of Georgia-Pacific, a leading manufacturer of consumer products, packaging and building products.

In 2007, he was named vice president of Finance and Business Development for GP’s European operations. In 2010, he took on responsibility for the company’s consumer brand paper towel business and was then named vice president and general manager for the skincare category and new category development at Georgia-Pacific before joining Guardian.

Guardian and GP are both wholly owned subsidiaries of Koch Industries.

Gaunt earned Bachelor of Science degrees in entrepreneurship and accounting from Wichita State University, with minors in physics and French.

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