Robert C. Ayotte, president and chief executive officer of
Louisville, Ky.-based Saint-Gobain Ceramics & Plastics, Inc., will
retire December 31, 2000, following a career that spans 38 years in
engineered materials industries. He began his career with Corning
Glass Works in Corning, N.Y., and rapidly advanced through plant
manufacturing, engineering and general management positions there and
abroad. He came to Louisville in 1982 as president and general
manager of Corhart Refractories Co., which was then a Corning
subsidiary. In 1985, he led a management team in acquiring Corhart in
a leveraged buyout and became its president and chief executive
officer. In 1987, he successfully sold Corhart to Campagnie de Saint-
Gobain and became president of the acquiring company, Saint-Gobain
Industrial Ceramics, Inc., which was recently renamed Saint-Gobain
Ceramics & Plastics, Inc. Under Ayotte's leadership, the company has
grown more than 35 times in revenue and is the worldwide leader in
industrial ceramics and high performance plastics.
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