President & Chief Executive Officer
Vic Grizzle is president and chief executive officer of Armstrong World Industries. He joined the company in January 2011.
Vic brings 23 years of experience in process improvement, sales, marketing and global business leadership to the business. Prior to joining the company, he was group president of Global Structures, Coatings and Tubing for Valmont Industries, a $2 billion global leader of infrastructure support structures for utility, telecom and lighting markets, and manufacturer of mechanized irrigation equipment for large scale farming. Before Valmont, he was president of the commercial power division of EaglePicher Corporation, a $700 million diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced technology and industrial products for space, defense, automotive, filtration, pharmaceutical, environmental and commercial applications. Earlier in his career, Vic spent 16 years at GE.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from California Polytechnic University.
Chief Financial Officer
Brian MacNeal is chief financial officer of Armstrong World Industries. He joined the company in 2014 as vice president of Global Finance.
Prior, he spent 20 years at the Campbell Soup Company in roles of increasing responsibility. Brian’s finance and accounting experience with Campbell’s spanned multiple assignments in manufacturing, marketing and project management. His most recent role was director of Finance for U.S. Soup where he led the strategy to enter emerging markets in Russia and China. He began his career with Price Waterhouse Coopers in the audit department.
Brian graduated cum laude from Villanova University with a bachelor’s degree in Accounting. He is a certified public accountant.
Senior Vice President, Ceiling & Wall Solutions
Charlie Chiappone is senior vice president of Ceiling & Wall Solutions for Armstrong World Industries. He joined the company in 2012 as vice president, Global Marketing for the ceilings business. From 2013-2016, he was CEO of the Worthington Armstrong Venture (WAVE), Armstrong's 50%-owned ceiling suspension systems joint venture with Worthington Industries, where he led the business to record earnings in each year of his tenure.
Prior to Armstrong, Charlie worked for Alloy Polymers as president and CEO for five years. Between 1995 and 2006, Charlie was with SPX Cooling Technologies where he held a number of senior-level management positions in marketing, research and development, operations, and as a business leader with P&L responsibility. He started his career at General Electric where he worked from 1988 to 2002 in a variety of commercial positions after serving for four years in the United States Marine Corps.
He has his bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Management from Siena College and his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer
Mark Hershey joined the company in July 2011 as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary and since then his role has expanded to include Compliance, Sustainability and Business Development. He has played a key leadership role in a wide range of commercial transactions and strategic initiatives for AWI, including the separation of the flooring business in 2016 and the sale of the European and Asian businesses in 2019.
Mark came to Armstrong from Ricoh Americas Corporation, a $6 billion subsidiary of Ricoh Company Limited, a global manufacturer and leader in digital office equipment, software and solutions. There, he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary with responsibility for corporate governance, customer and vendor transactions, strategic alliances, mergers and acquisitions, employment litigation and counseling, commercial litigation, ethics, physical security and regulatory and enterprise compliance. Prior to his role with Ricoh, Mark held similar positions as a senior executive for IKON Office Solutions, Inc., the largest independent distributor of office products in the Americas and Europe. He was instrumental in the merger of Ricoh and IKON in 2008 and, subsequently, in driving the integration of the Ricoh and IKON business units and realigning the legal function to support reorganized operations.
Mark holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from The Pennsylvania State University and a juris doctor from Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.
Senior Vice President, Human Resources
Ellen Romano is senior vice president, Human Resources of Armstrong World Industries. She joined the company in 1983.
Ellen’s career at the company includes a steady progression of roles in HR including HR process management, improvement and organization development, as well as business partner assignments in the company’s flooring and ceiling divisions. She has been instrumental in helping to expand Armstrong’s global employee base, particularly in Asia and Europe, and played a critical role in identifying and selecting key leaders to drive the company’s strategy in those markets. Ellen leads numerous global HR initiatives including leadership development and organization vitality, resource allocation, organization design, and human resource process and system integration.
She holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Grove City College.
Jim Burge is controller and vice president of Armstrong World Industries. He joined the company in 2015.
Prior to assuming this position in 2021, Jim held several finance roles of increasing responsibility including controller, Armstrong Ceilings and Walls, external reporting and consolidations manager and external reporting manager. Before joining the company, Jim worked in auditing, controller and financial reporting roles with Fulton Financial Corporation, York International and the public accounting firm Grant Thornton LLP.
Jim is a certified public accountant and earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting from Bucknell University.