Two RPM Leaders Receive Promotions


The parent company of Carboline and dozens of other industrial coatings brands has promoted two of its leaders.

RPM Inc. announced the appointment of John J. McLaughlin as a senior vice president.

McLaughlin has led RPM’s DAP Group as president and CEO for 22 years.

Terry Horan, DAP executive vice president of sales and marketing will now serve as president and CEO of that business unit.

The promotions, announced Tuesday (Nov. 10), will be effective Dec. 15.

Both McLaughlin and Horan will report to Ronald A. Rice, RPM president and COO.

‘Highly Skilled Leader’

In his new role, McLaughlin will be responsible for achieving manufacturing, supply chain, logistical and operational efficiencies at RPM's more than 50 operating companies around the world. He will also lead the strategic connections initiative between RPM business units.

"John is a highly skilled business leader and has been the entrepreneurial force behind DAP for nearly 30 years," Frank C. Sullivan, RPM chairman and CEO, said in a statement. "We look forward to having him put his unique talents to work for RPM on a broader scale as he unlocks value in our operations and drives collaboration between our companies worldwide."

McLaughlin joined DAP in 1986 and held various sales and management positions until being named president and CEO in 1994. He previously was with multinational consumer products company Procter & Gamble and global pharmaceutical corporation Bristol-Myers Squibb. McLaughlin holds a bachelor's degree in business administration and marketing from Northeastern University.

New DAP Leader

Prior to joining DAP, Horan served as president of The Master Lock Company and president and CEO of Robert Bosch Tool Corp., North America.

RPM DAP Group President and CEO Terry Horan

Terry Horan will become the DAP Group president and CEO, effective Dec. 15.

He also spent 11 years with Rust-Oleum. While there, he held a number of positions, including the role of senior vice president of marketing, which he held for five years.

Horan earned a bachelor's degree in marketing from Northern Illinois University and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business.

"A veteran of the home improvement industry in North America with nearly 30 years of experience, Terry has strong consumer product sales, marketing and general management expertise,” stated Sullivan. “DAP is one of our best known consumer brands and Terry is well suited to lead the business and drive its growth.”

About the Companies

Based in Baltimore, DAP manufactures caulks, sealants, adhesives, insulating foam, glazing and other repair products for professional painters and consumers.

RPM International Inc. is an Ohio holding company that boasts dozens of the world's best-known brands of paint, coatings and building materials.


Tagged categories: Asia Pacific; Business management; Carboline; Coating Materials; EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa); Industry Newsmakers; Latin America; North America; Personnel; Personnel changes; RPM

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