Universal Forest Products, Inc. (Nasdaq: UFPI) today announced that Matthew J. Missad, former executive vice president and general counsel, has been appointed chief executive officer of the Company. The appointment was approved yesterday by the Company’s Board of Directors and is effective immediately. Missad succeeds Michael B. Glenn, who tendered his resignation in June 2011 for personal reasons.
“Matt has proven his leadership abilities, strategic acumen and business skills in innumerable ways in 26 years at Universal, and I think he’s the perfect person for the job,” said Chairman William G. Currie. “It is personally and professionally rewarding to me that a board of esteemed independent members selected a man I’ve worked with and mentored for decades, and someone in whom I have the highest confidence and respect. We considered a number of excellent candidates and many criteria, and the board unanimously decided that Matt is the person to lead Universal to new levels of success and opportunity.”
Added Dan Dutton, the Board’s lead independent director: “Matt will lead a distinguished team that includes President and COO Pat Webster and CFO Mike Cole, a powerful group that will take Universal solidly into the future. Matt’s qualifications are substantial, his experience with and involvement in the company’s growth have been critical and inspirational, and his desire and motivation to lead are indisputable. He is the right person to lead the Company with his team of distinguished industry professionals.”
Missad started with the Company as a high school student working part time on its maintenance crew. His work at Universal allowed him to put himself through law school. He joined the Company full time in 1985 as manager of legal compliance and advanced through a number of successive positions. He was appointed executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of the board in 1996, holding those positions until his appointment to CEO. Missad is a cum laude graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and a magna cum laude graduate of Hope College. He earned his CPA Certificate of Examination in 1984.