Simpson Strong-Tie hires a new president and COO

Pleasanton, Calif.-based Simpson Strong-Tie has made two executive appointments in the form of a new president and COO, effective July 1.

Roger Dankel will be the president, North America Sales, in which role he will be charged with the strategic leadership of the company's sales, customer support and distribution. He has been with the company since 1993 and has served as sales manager for the southeast branch since 1997.

Ricardo Arevalo will take on the role of COO, overseeing the operational leadership of the company's product lines and related support functions. He has worked for Simpson Strong-Tie since 1999 and has been serving as VP engineering since 2008.

"Roger and Ricardo are proven leaders, and their deep knowledge of our company, customers and industry will be instrumental in driving growth and maintaining our strong culture," said Karen Colonias, CEO of Simpson Manufacturing.

Dankel and Arevalo are replacing president and CEO Phillip "Terry" Kingsfather, who recently announced his retirement but will remain at the company through June to assist with the transition.

"I've had the privilege of working with the most talented employees and customers in the industry, and I know Roger and Ricardo are the right leaders to take on these roles and guide Simpson Strong-Tie into its next chapter of growth," said Kingsfather.

"We wish Terry all the best in retirement and want to thank him for all that he's done for our company during his 35-year career," added Colonias.