ProBuild names new head for gypsum operations

ProBuild Holdings has named Robert Rugg as president, gypsum, overseeing all strategic operations for the company’s gypsum business. Rugg will report to Bill Myrick, ProBuild’s chief operating officer.

Rugg joins ProBuild from his position as executive director of the Drake Group, a Mission Viejo, Calif.-based association of independent building material distributors that serve the residential and commercial markets with drywall and other interior products. He also served as president, James Hardie Gypsum and executive vp-James Hardie Industries. Prior to James Hardie, Rugg worked for USG Corp. for 19 years in various marketing, strategic planning and general management roles including director of product and market development; director of business development, gypsum wood fiber; and general manager of industrial gypsum.  

Rugg replaces Rich Young, who will now direct the business development functions for gypsum, including M&A activities and the integration of newly acquired companies into ProBuild. Young, as vp-business development, gypsum, will report directly to Rugg.

In a prepared statement, Myrick said that ProBuild plans to “leverage the expertise we’ve developed in selected geographies and expand the [gypsum] business in markets across the country to better service our customers. I am confident that under [Robb’s] direction we will both broaden the portfolio of gypsum related products and services in existing market, as well as spread our expertise throughout the ProBuild network.”