OmniMax International, a leading national manufacturer of residential rainware and roofing accessory products, announced that John Krause has been appointed CEO, effective Sept. 25, 2023. He succeeds John Wayne, who is retiring following a successful tenure leading OmniMax and a 38-year career in the building products industry. 

According to a release, Krause is a highly experienced executive who joins from JELD-WEN, a global designer, manufacturer, and distributor of interior and exterior doors, windows, and related building products. He most recently served as senior vice president and general manager of the company's North American business. With a track record of growing residential building product businesses by delivering top-tier service and products to customers, alongside proven leadership ability first honed during eight years spent in the United States Marine Corps, Krause will spearhead the continued scaling of the business. 

"I am delighted to be joining OmniMax, a rapidly growing business with a deserved reputation for delivering best-in-class products and exceptional customer experience," he said.

As CEO, Wayne has been instrumental in consolidating OmniMax's leading position within the North American rainware and roofing accessory market through the growth of its residential building product businesses. In addition to leading the acquisition and integration of Verde Industries and FLAMCO, which expanded the company's portfolio to include leading roofing accessory brands in Texas, Florida and Arizona, Wayne oversaw the divestiture of OmniMax's Fabral commercial roofing and wall panel segment, concentrating the company's strategic focus on its market-leading domestic businesses.

Wayne also headed the company's push toward aligning its daily operations and governance with a commitment to environmental, social, and community stewardship. Following his retirement, Wayne will continue his partnership with Strategic Value Partners, the global investment firm whose funds own OmniMax, as a non-executive director on the board of another of the firm's portfolio companies.

"John's excellent stewardship has left the business ideally placed," Krause said. "With the opportunity to grow OmniMax by serving stable and increasing replacement demand for critical rainware and roofing accessory products across America's aging housing stock, we anticipate significant value creation opportunities moving forward."

Wayne said the following about his transition: "I would like to take this opportunity to thank the entire team here at OmniMax, whose unrelenting hard work and dedication has been the foundation of our success to date. This is an exceptionally talented group, and with an experienced leader like [Krause] at the helm, I have no doubt that the business will continue to go from strength to strength."

 David Geenberg, co-head of North American Investment Team at Strategic Value Partners, thanked Wayne for his contribution over the past two years. 

"He has been an ideal partner throughout his tenure, having been responsible for overseeing the consolidation of OmniMax's leading position in the market, and leaves the business ideally placed to be scaled further under the direction of John Krause. We look forward to continuing to work with him as he transitions into non-executive roles."