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Bob Ziegler resigns from FSCT following 30-plus years of service

By Tim Wright | March 7, 2007

The FSCT board of directors has announced the resignation of Robert F. Ziegler as executive director of the FSCT, effective February 15, 2007. Ziegler had served as executive director of the organization since January 2006. Prior to this assignment, he held the position of executive vice president from October 1987.     

During his more than 30 years of service with the FSCT, Ziegler acted in varying capacities. Editor and publisher of the Journal of Coatings Technology since 1987, he directed the split of the publication into two major industry journals, JCT CoatingsTech and JCT Research in 2004. Most recently, Ziegler served on the management team that oversaw the merger of the FSCT research journal with the Coatings Transactions of the Oil and Colour Chemists’ Association, resulting in the Journal of Coatings Technology and Research. As general manager of the International Coatings Expo (formerly the “The Paint Industries’ Show”) for the past 20 years, Ziegler oversaw its growth into the largest coatings-related show in North America. In his capacity as executive vice president, he was also responsible for directing staff operations at FSCT headquarters in Blue Bell, PA.

Ziegler began his career with FSCT as assistant editor in 1976, after obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Business Administration from Temple University. Over the next 11 years, he gained increasing responsibilities with the organization, including assistant manager of the Paint Show, managing editor of the Journal of Coatings Technology, and staff liaison with numerous Federation committees. In 1987, Ziegler was named by the board to succeed FSCT executive vice president Frank Borrelle upon his retirement.

A task force comprised of members of the board of directors has been formed to find a replacement for Ziegler. Joseph Pontoski, secretary-treasurer and chief operating officer of the FSCT, will assume Ziegler’s responsibilities until such time as a replacement is named.