ATLANTA -- Surya announces the appointment of Andrew J. Kearton as the company's chief operating officer. This position is central to continuing Surya's strategic focus and industry leadership towards providing customers with exemplary products, tools and service.
Kearton joins Surya from Mohawk Industries where he oversaw the North American distribution operations and was responsible for delivering key optimizations, improved logistics and expansion of the company's strategic footprint. In his role with Surya, Kearton will be responsible for leading the operations, human resources, technology, and customer care functions for the company and will report to Satya Tiwari, president of Surya. As a member of Surya's leadership team, Kearton will also help to set the firm's long-term vision and direction.
"Andrew is a seasoned leader who has a consistent track record of delivering business results. He is uniquely qualified to drive the strategic prioritization and accountability within Surya, with a laser-focus on operational excellence and expansion opportunities," said Tiwari, president of Surya. "We are pleased to have him join the team and I have tremendous confidence in his ability to help us continue to expand and innovate to meet every customer need."
Kearton has more than a thirty-year record of management and leadership within the operations and floor covering industry. Most recently, Kearton was the vice president of distribution for Mohawk Industries. Prior to that, he was the senior vice president of operations for IVC, a state-of-the-art startup production facility serving the vinyl flooring industry. Before IVC, Kearton spent 25 years with the Pirelli Tire Group in Europe and North America, where he continually increased his responsibility in leading the operations and sales organizations.
"Surya's customer-centric mindset is one of the many reasons I am excited to join the team and I am incredibly energized to help propel Surya to its next phase of growth," said Kearton. "The company has built an incredibly solid foundation of operational discipline, which I am excited to see rapidly advance in the coming years."
Kearton will be based at the company headquarters in White, GA and this week will be joining the team at the High Point Home Furnishings Market to get a firsthand view of one of the company's key strategic areas of focus.