Safelite Group Promotes Three Individuals in Supply Chain Team
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Safelite® Group, the largest vehicle glass company in the U.S. has promoted three long-time employees within its supply chain group.
Rich Glover has been named vice president of manufacturing and distribution. In this role, he is responsible for overseeing operations at Safelite’s windshield plant in Enfield, N.C., which produces nearly 1 million windshields annually, as well as Safelite’s two distribution centers, which together total 600,000 square feet of supply chain space. Glover has been with Safelite for almost 17 years. During that time he has held several positions, including project engineer, division engineer manager, division quality manager, group warehouse manager, operations manager, director of manufacturing and distribution and his latest role of AVP of manufacturing and distribution. Glover is based in Braselton, Ga., near Safelite’s east coast distribution center and splits his time with the Enfield, N.C. manufacturing plant and Ontario, Calif., west coast distribution center.
“Rich’s innovative, customer-driven approach has made great impact on our business,” said Dino Lanno, Safelite’s senior vice president of manufacturing and supply chain. “He has shown excellent leadership through his involvement in Safelite’s patented steel pallet design, which will save $2.8 million annually. Additionally, he helped open and has operational responsibility for Safelite’s new east and west coast distribution centers, which are the largest in the Belron family of companies. He also has been critical in Safelite® Glass Corp.’s license agreement with AGC Automotive Americas to manufacture, distribute and sell replacement windshields under the AP Technoglass brand – a well-respected, OEM-quality brand name.”
Glover holds an Engineering degree from University of Toledo, and an Executive Masters in Business in administration from the University of North Carolina. During his free-time he volunteers in the community as a member of the Board of Directors for the Jackson County Boys and Girls Club.
Paul Groves has been promoted from director of materials management to assistant vice president, supply chain, where he is responsible for Safelite’s materials management, inventory, and logistics. Groves has a unique 21-year career with Safelite that began in the Corporate Service Center as a mail clerk. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Franklin University by attending evening classes and was promoted several times within the supply chain team in Safelite’s Columbus, Ohio-based corporate office. Groves is an Army Veteran, serving both active military duty, and reserve service with the Ohio National Guard.
In 2010, Groves was recognized with the Columbus Business First Forty Under 40 award. He is also involved in the local community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Furniture Bank of Central Ohio and Chairs the Operations, Finance & Client Needs Committee.
“Paul has become a respected and motivational leader and has built a talented team that is highly engaged,” Lanno said. “In addition, he has delivered extraordinary results by leading several initiatives to reduce buyouts to last year’s record low of 4.3 percent.”
Reuben Lo has been promoted from a senior analyst in the finance department to general manager of Service AutoGlass®, Safelite’s wholesale distribution business unit. Lo has been with Safelite for three years and holds a graduate business degree from the Ohio State Fisher College of Business. In his expanded role, Lo is responsible for the Service AutoGlass wholesale business including sales management and operations.
“Reuben has proven to be an innovative leader at Safelite, developing and implementing financial discipline and key strategies to improve the wholesale business,” said Lanno. “He also has coordinated the revitalized sales, promotion, and marketing we have done on our Web and mobile applications, printed and digital media. Reuben’s can-do attitude along with his collaborative work style is perfect for leading the team and accelerating our transformation of this business unit.”
About Safelite® Group
Safelite Group, a subsidiary of Belron®, is a multi-faceted vehicle glass and claims management service organization based in Columbus, Ohio. The company, which has been in business since 1947, is comprised of four major business operations that include Safelite AutoGlass®, a vehicle glass repair and replacement services provider; Safelite® Solutions and Alliance Claims Solutions®, which offer fleet and insurance claims management services; Service AutoGlass®, a wholesale and distribution operation; and Safelite® Glass Corp., a manufacturing and distribution business unit. The company employs approximately 10,000 people throughout the United States. For more information, visit Safelite.com, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.