The FSCT Board of Directors regretfully announced the resignation of Robert F. Ziegler as executive director of the FSCT, effective Feb. 15, 2007.
Mr. Ziegler had served as executive director of the organization since January 2006. Prior to this assignment, he held the position of executive vice president from October 1987.
During his more than 30 years of service with the FSCT, Mr. Ziegler acted in varying capacities. Editor and publisher of the Journal of Coatings Technology since 1987, he directed the split of the publication into two major industry journals, JCT CoatingsTech and JCT Research in 2004. Most recently, Mr. Ziegler served on the management team that oversaw the merger of the FSCT research journal with the Coatings Transactions of the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association, resulting in the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research.
As general manager of the International Coatings Expo (formerly the “The Paint Industries’ Show,”) for the past 20 years, Mr. Ziegler oversaw its growth into the largest coatings-related show in North America. In his capacity as executive vice president, he was also responsible for directing staff operations at FSCT headquarters in Blue Bell, PA.
Mr. Ziegler began his career with FSCT as assistant editor in 1976, after obtaining a bachelor’s degree in journalism and business administration from Temple University. In 1987, Mr. Ziegler was named by the board to succeed FSCT executive vice president Frank Borrelle upon his retirement.
A task force comprised of members of the Board of Directors has been formed to find a replacement for Mr. Ziegler. Joseph Pontoski, secretary-treasurer and COO of the FSCT, will assume Mr. Ziegler’s responsibilities until a replacement is named.