Taco President and CEO John Hazen White Jr. recently named Wil VandeWiel as the new president and COO of Taco, effective Dec. 15, 2014. VandeWiel will oversee daily operations of the company and will report directly to White Jr.

John Hazen White Jr., 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 Pennsylvania, as well as managing director for U.S.-based Robert Bosch LLC’s Security Systems division.

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.