CRANSTON, R.I. — Taco President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. announced the appointment of Wil VandeWiel as the new president and chief operating office of Taco, effective Dec. 15. As president and COO, VandeWiel will oversee daily operations and work with White and the board of directors in steering Taco’s growth in the years ahead.

White, the third generation of the White family to lead Taco, will remain as company CEO but will refocus his responsibilities on building new partnerships and strategic acquisitions worldwide in pursuit of company growth and diversification.

VandeWiel, a native of the Netherlands who is also a U.S. citizen, is an experienced executive with a track record of building collaborative teams and achieving sustainable growth with a number of top-tier international companies. He served as president/CEO of DORMA GmbH, a global access control company located in Pennsylvania. Prior to his time at DORMA, he was managing director for U.S.-based Robert Bosch LLC’s Security Systems division and served in senior leadership roles for Royal Philips N.V.

As Taco’s new president and COO, VandeWiel will report directly to White.

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Publication date: 12/15/2014

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