Cordeille Named Thetford CEO

Effective immediately, Stephane Cordeille has been promoted to chief executive officer of Thetford Corporation. The announcement was made January 24. “Thetford is a global company with very similar operations in the US and Europe,” said Cordeille. “Because of this, nothing changes for our customers and we will continue to make the best use of our global resources to the benefit of all our customers.”

Cordeille has a long history with Thetford and is already known by many of Thetford’s customers. He joined Thetford in 1988 as sales manager of its French subsidiary. He has served as director of sales & marketing and director of European operations before being named managing director of Thetford’s RV Europe operations in 2004.

Prior to joining Thetford, Cordeille headed up the merchandising team for Gloria-Friskies, a unit of Nestle Corp. He has a degree in economics and attended the Business School of Exeter for commerce and management.

It was also announced that Peter Struijs was promoted to chief financial officer, worldwide. Struijs, who joined Thetford in 1999, has been the European director of finance and IT since 2006. Before that, he was the company’s manager of finance. He holds a BA in business economics.

“These promotions indicate the strength of personnel at Thetford and the commitment of ownership to reward long-term performance and contribution to the company,” said Michael J. Harris, president and COO of DKM (Thetford’s parent company), referring to the promotions.

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