CARY, N.C.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Cornerstone Building Brands, the largest manufacturer of exterior building products in North America, today announced that President and CEO Rose Lee has been named to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Board of Directors. Lee will join the NAM Board to bolster the association’s leadership in policy advocacy, legal action, workforce solutions, operational excellence, and news and insights. She will help the industry advance a manufacturing competitiveness agenda that promotes opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.
Founded in 1895, the NAM — guided by its Board of Directors — is the largest industrial trade association in the United States, with more than 14,000 members. As the nation’s most influential manufacturing advocate, its membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. The NAM and its members are at the forefront of every important policy debate, focusing on solutions to help the industry compete in the global economy and to help the country address challenges ranging from supply disruptions and inflation to the workforce crisis and energy security.
“I am honored to be a part of the NAM Board and to continue to advocate for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers,” said Lee.
“Rose is a recognized leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to her service on our Board of Directors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Rose will be a trusted adviser who guides our efforts to overcome current economic challenges and to lay the foundation for long-term growth, allowing the industry to innovate and improve the quality of life for everyone.”
Chair of The Manufacturing Institute’s 2023 Women MAKE Awards
Cornerstone Building Brands also announced today that President and CEO Rose Lee will serve as the chair of the Manufacturing Institute’s (MI) 2023 Women MAKE Awards.
The MI is the workforce development and education partner of the NAM. The Women MAKE Awards are part of the larger Women MAKE America initiative, formerly called the STEP Women’s Initiative, whose 35×30 campaign aims to close the gender gap in manufacturing by increasing women’s representation to 35% by 2030.
The Women MAKE Awards honor women at all levels of the manufacturing industry — from the factory floor to the C-suite — who have demonstrated excellence and leadership in their careers.
Each year, 100 Honorees and 30 Emerging Leaders are peer-selected based on their contributions to their companies and communities, and for their work to develop the next generation of talent. To date, the program has honored more than 1,300 women.
“The Women MAKE Awards emphasize the exciting career opportunities available and inspire young women and girls to see themselves in these roles,” said Lee. “Advancing diversity is a critical component of our work at Cornerstone Building Brands. I am excited to step into the role of chair and continue our work together to close the gender gap in the industry and make sure our workforce better reflects the communities we serve.”
Lee brings more than 30 years of manufacturing experience to her role as chair, including her current position as president and CEO and a board member of Cornerstone Building Brands. Previously, Lee was president of DuPont Water & Protection and has held senior leadership positions at Saint-Gobain, Booz Allen Hamilton, and Pratt & Whitney. Lee is the first female Korean American CEO of a Fortune 1000 company.
“We are honored to have Rose as chair, because she is an incredible advocate for women in manufacturing, as well as for increasing diversity and inclusion across the industry,” said MI President Carolyn Lee.
About Cornerstone Building Brands
Cornerstone Building Brands is the largest manufacturer of exterior building products by sales for residential and low-rise non-residential buildings in North America. Headquartered in Cary, N.C., we serve residential and commercial customers across the new construction and repair and remodel markets. Our market-leading portfolio of products spans vinyl windows, vinyl siding, stone veneer, metal roofing, metal wall systems and metal accessories. Cornerstone Building Brands’ broad, multichannel distribution platform and expansive national footprint includes more than 20,000 employees at manufacturing, distribution and office locations throughout North America. Corporate stewardship and environmental, social and governance (ESG) responsibility are embedded in our culture. We are committed to contributing positively to the communities where we live, work and play. For more information, visit us at www.cornerstonebuildingbrands.com.
About The National Association of Manufacturers
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM, visit us at www.nam.org.
About the Manufacturing Institute
The Manufacturing Institute grows and supports the manufacturing industry’s skilled workers for the advancement of modern manufacturing. The MI’s diverse initiatives support all workers in America, including women, veterans and students, through skills training programs, community building and the advancement of their career in manufacturing. As the workforce development and education partner of the NAM, the MI is a trusted adviser to manufacturers, equipping them with resources necessary to solve the industry’s toughest challenges. For more information on the MI, please visit www.themanufacturinginstitute.org.