Puishys will join the company as CEO and president, effective Monday, August 22. Puishys, 53, who also becomes a member of Apogee's board of directors, comes from Fortune 100 manufacturer Honeywell and is an industry veteran, with a proven track record of success in leadership positions. Apogee embarked on a national search for its next CEO following Russ Huffer's announcement of his planned retirement after a 25-year career with Apogee. With Puishys' appointment, Huffer is stepping down as CEO and board director.
"Russ Huffer leaves behind a legacy of growth and innovation at Apogee. We thank Russ for his leadership and many years of service, and are pleased to welcome Joe. He is an accomplished leader who brings vast experience and a track record of improving and growing businesses," said Bernard P. Aldrich, chairman of Apogee's board. "As the economy recovers, Joe is the ideal executive to lead the Apogee team to capitalize on the future growth opportunities that we see."
Puishys has 32 years experience in manufacturing businesses, since 2008 as president of Honeywell's Environmental and Combustion Controls division, a $3 billion business. Prior to that, he led Honeywell Building Solutions, a global leader in the installation and service of integrated building solutions. He also held leadership positions in companies that were eventually bought by Honeywell, including Bendix Friction Materials and Garrett Engine Boosting System. He has also served in numerous executive and financial positions across Honeywell's businesses. As president of Honeywell Building Solutions, Puishys received several awards from Honeywell for the turnaround of the commercial construction business.
Apogee has transformed to become a world-class provider of value-added glass solutions for enclosing commercial buildings and framing art. With his direct industry experience, Puishys will focus on leveraging Apogee's existing and new energy-efficient products for new construction and renovation, improving margins through productivity enhancements, and growing the company's international architectural glass business.
"I look forward to putting my commercial building and manufacturing background to work to lead Apogee," said Puishys. "I am excited about the growth opportunities to expand into new geographies and targeted sectors to better serve the needs of our markets."
Puishys received his bachelor's degree in accounting and finance from Bryant University and his master's in business administration from Providence College.