CertainTeed Enhances Commitment to Innovation, Appoints New Vice President of Research & Development

3/14/2013

CertainTeed Corporation is bolstering its capacity for industry-leading innovation through the appointment of Minas Apelian as vice president of research and development (R&D).

In this newly established position, Apelian will lead the design, development and execution of next generation products and technologies across all CertainTeed business units, which includes siding, ceilings, pipe, foundations, roofing, gypsum and insulation. Apelian will also engage in global collaboration through CertainTeed's parent company, Saint-Gobain, which was recently recognized as one of Thomson Reuters Top 100 Global Innovators.

Prior to joining CertainTeed, Apelian served as vice president and general manager at J.M. Huber Corporation. He has also held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of engineering and innovation at Mobil Oil Corporation. Apelian holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Columbia University and a master's degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.