Apple Valley, Minn. — Uponor North America (Uponor) named Tom Rowbotham as vice president of supply chain, effective Oct. 16.

In his role, Rowbotham will develop and lead Uponor’s sourcing strategy in North America, which will include continuing to build strategic partnerships with suppliers, assessing vendors, and, most importantly, leading continuous improvement initiatives in supply planning, production scheduling, distribution, transportation, and inventory.

“With 15 years of experience in operations and supply chain from across a range of industries, Tom will play a critical role to our current and future success, especially as we look forward to continued rapid growth,” said Bill Gray, president, Uponor North America. “A robust sourcing strategy is vital to ensuring we have the right materials at the right time to manufacture our products and move finished products to distribution for timely delivery to our customers — all while making safety our foremost priority.”

Most recently, Rowbotham was senior director, operations and supply chain, at Minneapolis-based Sleep Number. Previously, he was director of global materials and inventory at Polaris Industries, a Twin Cities-based power sports manufacturer. Earlier, he worked in Arkansas and Connecticut with various divisions of the Danaher Corp., in operations and supply chain management roles.

Rowbotham holds an MBA in finance and operations from Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Arkansas Tech University in Russellville, Arkansas.

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Publication date: 10/17/17