Halifax Vogel Group (HVG Decorative Building Products ) today announced the appointment of former CaesarStone Australia co-founder, Kon Kalpou as Executive Chairman for SmartStone, its growing brand of engineered stone surfaces.
Mr Kalpou will play an integral role in developing strategies for enhancing SmartStone’s profile and presence in the Australian market within the distribution network of HVG.
Working closely with Business Manager, Iain Whyley he will also oversee future investment in the brand with the aim of making SmartStone the preferred choice of stone for residential and commercial building projects.
“I’m delighted to be working with a vibrant and motivated team and I’m confident we have the experience, financial backing, distribution network and, most importantly, the product range to be the number one quartz stone in Australia within three years,” said Mr Kalpou.
SmartStone comprises three types of engineered stone – Quartz, Marble and Terrazzo – in matching slab and tile as well as a unique colour palette with various finishes suitable for a wide range of interior building applications.
Mr Kalpou brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the brand.
Together with Gerry Harvey, he was the driving force behind the formation and growth of CaesarStone Australia between 2001 and 2008. He was also previously one of the directors of Harvey Norman Renovations.
“Kon has a remarkable track record of success in the stone industry and I’ve no doubt his knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in assisting us to grow SmartStone into a true market leader,” said Ron Ferster, Chief Executive Officer of HVG’s parent company, Sanwa Holdings Pty Ltd.