The global Guardian Industries family recently announced that it mourns the loss of its leader and guiding light, Owner and Chief Executive Officer William Davidson (“Mr. D”). He passed away March 13, 2009, at his home in Bloomfield Hills, Mich.
During his 52 years at the helm of Guardian, Davidson provided vision, leadership and a straightforward approach to building business with an entrepreneurial style that was second-to-none. He established a no-nonsense, anti-bureaucratic culture within Guardian Industries and the other organizations he led.
He will be remembered for his steady hand, which propelled Guardian to the forefront of its many business segments in countries throughout the world. His leadership principles and legacy of innovation and excellence are embedded in the company's leadership team, which will continue to provide management of the company according to a transition plan established by the team more than a decade ago.
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