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Taco Appoints VandeWiel as New COO


CRANSTON, R.I. — John Hazen White, Jr., CEO of Taco, has named Wil VandeWiel as the company’s new president and COO.

As the new president & COO of Taco, VandeWiel will oversee daily operations of Taco and work with White and his board of directors in steering Taco’s growth forward 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 Penn., where he guided the company through a period of outstanding growth based on a strategy of customer and employee engagement and successful acquisitions, resulting in a leap in profitability and substantial market share expansion. 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.

Married with four children, he received a degree in mechanical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University in the Netherlands and an advanced degree from MIT. He holds a Master Black Belt in the application of Six-Sigma and Lean Enterprise techniques. He currently holds a board position at the University of Maryland’s Robert H. Smith School of Business and is a member of the Founders-Society, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

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