Atrium Cos. announced today that president and CEO Gregory T. Faherty has retired and Kevin O'Meara, former president and COO at Builders FirstSource, will succeed him at the Dallas-based manufacturer of vinyl and aluminum windows and patio doors.
O'Meara, who had co-founded BFS and helped lead it until his resignation in October 2007, comes to Atrium from Golden Gate Capital, a private equity firm that O'Meara joined in January 2009 as an operating partner. Golden Gate Capital is the majority shareholder in Atrium, and on its behalf O'Meara has been serving as chairman of Atrium's board of directors.
"Kevin brings an impressive track record in the building materials business and has the necessary vision required to positively lead the company forward," Rajeev Amara, managing director at Golden Gate Capital, said in Atrium's announcement of the management change. "Under Kevin's leadership, the board is extremely confident of Atrium's continued growth and success."
Before BFS, O'Meara was an executive at Fibreboard Corp. and a strategy consultant at Bain & Co. He is a certified accountant with a master's of business administration degree from Harvard Business School and bachelor's degrees in economics and accounting from Southern Methodist University.
Atrium spent just over three months last year operating under protection from creditors under Chapter 11 of the federal bankruptcy laws. It emerged from Chapter 11 last April a reorganized company that was 92% owned by Golden Gate Capital and another private equity firm, Kenner & Co.