``Michael is a proven leader in multiple venues,'' says Chan Galbato, president and CEO of AFP. ``He will solidify the leadership we have in place in Dallas and advance the ongoing strategic reorganization of combining our two major flooring operations.'' Badar will relocate to the Wood Flooring headquarters in Dallas, Texas and will report directly to Galbato.
Since August 2000, Badar was chief commercial officer and co-CEO of ChoiceParts, LLC, an Internet based auto parts concern in Chicago, Ill. Badar was previously vice president, North American Operations for GE's Capital Fleet Services in Eden Prairie, Minn. Badar was responsible for leading and directing North American asset acquisition and customer service functions.
Galbato says he wants the flooring business focused on leveraging Armstrong's assets in Lancaster with the wood division in Dallas to increase the vibrancy of new product introductions, new market development, design leadership and customer service.
Wood is one of the fastest growing segments of the floor coverings industry. With Armstrong's major brands, Bruce, Harto and Robbins, the company is the industry leader in the U.S. Armstrong entered the wood business in 1998 with the acquisition of Triangle Pacific.