James Stiff named Chief Financial Officer of Panolam Industries International

Shelton, CT – Panolam Industries International (“Panolam” or the “Company”), a leading manufacturer of engineered and decorative surfaces including the Panolam, Nevamar, and Pionite brand names, today announced the appointment of James “Jim” Stiff to the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO.)

"I'm excited to join the Panolam leadership team in this important phase of the company’s evolution. I believe the potential for growth and value creation is tremendous given the dedicated and passionate people in the company, a strong brand portfolio, and differentiated systems approach to product. I look forward to becoming part of the Panolam family and partnering with the team to deliver long term profit and growth in the business,” said Mr. Stiff.

With more than 25 years of financial leadership experience in diverse manufacturing and service companies, Mr. Stiff most recently served as vice president and CFO for Sonneborn, LLC, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals. Mr. Stiff also held CFO positions at Weichert Relocation Resources, Inc., Ultimate Juice Company and Covington Industries, Inc. His career experience also includes international accounting for business operations throughout Asia, Europe and the Americas, with extensive experience in building financial organizations that focus on generating positive cash flow and implementing profit improvement programs.

"Jim's demonstrated track record as a successful CFO and hands-on business experience made him the perfect candidate to step into this important role on our management team," said Al Kabus, President and CEO, Panolam Industries.  "We're excited to have found a seasoned industry veteran who is eager to help scale a transformative business like Panolam.”

 About Panolam

For more than sixty years, Panolam Industries International has engineered and manufactured high-quality, innovative surfacing solutions for a wide range of contract, industrial and residential applications. With an extensive line of high-pressure laminates, thermofused laminates, fiberglass reinforced laminates and other specialty products available in hundreds of colors and styles under the well-known Panolam, Nevamar, Pionite, Pluswood, Conolite, and other brand names.  Panolam Surface Systems provides the vision, value and versatility designers, architects, manufacturers and contractors are looking for today.  For more information, visit