Häfele America Co., the North American subsidiary of the German Häfele Group, has named Paul Smith president, succeeding John Hossli, who is retiring after serving as president since 1999.
The Häfele Group, headquartered in Nagold, Germany, has named Paul Smith as president of its North American subsidiary, Häfele America Co. Smith succeeds John Hossli, who is retiring after serving as president since 1999.
“We believe Paul’s 25 years of proven management experience combined with his expertise in architectural interiors, engineering and solutions will lead Häfele America toward continued growth and success,” said Sibylle Thierer, CEO and president, Häfele Group, in the release. “His expertise, passion and leadership also make Paul extremely well suited to contribute to the expanding Häfele global enterprise.”
Smith joined Häfele in mid-2011 after being vice president at Haworth, Inc., where he was directly responsible for all North American products and the development of the company’s global product portfolio. Smith’s previously held executive positions at Haworth in the company’s architectural interiors and wood businesses. Prior to Haworth, he served in management positions with General Electric Company and Whirlpool Corp.