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SAGE Announces Appointment of New CEO

After 25 years at the helm, founder John Van Dine to transition to new leadership role; will remain as Vice Chairman

Sep. 30, 2013

SAGE Electrochromics, the leading manufacturer of electronically tintable dynamic glass, announced today that Dr. Alan McLenaghan, Ph.D., has been named the new CEO of SAGE Electrochromics Inc. Dr. McLenaghan will replace John Van Dine, the founder and CEO since the company’s inception in 1989, who will step down from day-to-day responsibilities. In 2012, SAGE was acquired and became a wholly-owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain, the world leader in glass and building materials.

Dr. McLenaghan, a 15-year veteran of Saint-Gobain, joined SAGE as Vice President of Operations in July, 2012. In this role he has led the opening of SAGE’s new 320,000-square-foot state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Faribault, Minnesota. Prior to joining SAGE, he most recently served as Senior Vice President of Technology for Verallia North America, another division of Saint-Gobain. He joined the Saint-Gobain company in 1998 to lead the construction of their new float glass manufacturing plant in Eggborough, North Yorkshire in England.

“I am pleased to have been selected by the board to lead SAGE in the next phase of its growth plans,” says Dr. McLenaghan. “SageGlass is a unique technology that enables architects and building owners to manage solar control in a compelling way. I am excited to continue the integration of SAGE into Saint-Gobain while maintaining the entrepreneurial spirit that has fueled the company’s growth and innovation.”

John Van Dine founded SAGE in Valley Cottage, New York, 25 years ago with a vision to enhance solar control for commercial buildings. He left the photovoltaic, thin-film solar cell industry to pioneer electrochromic glass technology for window applications. He realized that in addition to enhancing energy efficiency, dynamic glass could revolutionize solar control by providing a solution to the age-old tradeoff between natural light and an uninterrupted view of the outdoors – the reason people install glass in buildings in the first place. In 1993, he moved SAGE to Minnesota – “the Silicon Valley of the window industry” – home of its global headquarters and its 150 employees.

“After serving as the chief executive of SAGE for 25 years, I am pleased to be able to pass the baton to an individual with Alan’s background and integrity,” says Mr. Van Dine. “With his operations and glass expertise, Alan is a natural choice for us as SAGE transitions into a larger manufacturing organization. I will miss the day-to-day management of the company and working with our great people, but am pleased with our success building a new category and about the momentum that electrochromic glass is achieving in the marketplace.”

SAGE celebrated its 10th anniversary of commercial shipments this year and has installed hundreds of commercial and residential projects worldwide. SAGE’s recent projects include the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters in Washington, D.C., Argonne National Laboratory outside of Chicago, and McDonough Hall at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland. Dr. McLenaghan will transition into the CEO role on October 15th, with Mr. Van Dine remaining as Chairman through the calendar year and becoming Vice Chairman for a three year term starting in January, 2014. As Vice Chairman, Mr. Van Dine will remain involved as a spokesperson at industry events and as a strategic advisor regarding SAGE’s industry leading intellectual property.

About SageGlass 
SageGlass®, a product of Saint-Gobain, is advanced dynamic glass that can be electronically tinted or cleared to optimize daylight and improve the human experience in buildings. SageGlass manages the sunlight and heat that

enter a building, significantly reducing energy consumption while improving people’s comfort and well-being. It can reduce a building’s cooling load by 20% and HVAC requirements up to 30%. It is a smarter, more elegant solution than conventional sun controls such as mechanical window shades, blinds and louvers. With SageGlass you can control sunlight and glare without shades or blinds while maintaining the view and connection to the outdoors. SageGlass is manufactured in Faribault, Minn., in the heart of “the Silicon Valley of the window industry,” and is a wholly owned subsidiary of Saint-Gobain of Paris, the world’s largest building materials company.

For more information visit:

Website: www.sageglass.com

Twitter: twitter.com/Sage_Glass

Facebook: Facebook.com/SageGlass

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/sageglass

YouTube: Youtube.com/SAGEElectrochromics

About Saint-Gobain in North America

Saint-Gobain has its North American headquarters in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania. As the world leader in sustainable habitat, Saint-Gobain is committed to inventing solutions to help professionals and communities around the world build and renovate comfortable, healthy, economical and energy-efficient buildings. The company has more than 250 locations in North America and approximately 15,000 employees. In the United States and Canada, Saint-Gobain reported sales of approximately $6.2 billion in 2014.

Recognized as a 2009 and 2010 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Saint-Gobain earned the 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 ENERGY STAR Sustained Excellence Award, the highest level of recognition for outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency. For more information about Saint-Gobain in North America, visit www.saint-gobain-northamerica.com and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.       

About Saint-Gobain

In 2015, Saint-Gobain is celebrating its 350th anniversary, 350 reasons to believe in the future. Backed by its experience and its capacity to continuously innovate, Saint-Gobain, the world leader in the habitat and construction market, designs, manufactures and distributes high-performance and building materials providing innovative solutions to the challenges of growth, energy efficiency and environmental protection. With 2014 sales of $54.6 billion, Saint-Gobain operates in 64 countries and has over 180,000 employees. For more information about Saint-Gobain, visit https://www.saint-gobain.com/en and the twitter account @saintgobain