Peter Orthwein

Peter Orthwein

On Tuesday (Nov. 17), the board of directors of Thor Industries Inc. elected Peter B. Orthwein, a co-founder of the company, to the offices of chairman, president and CEO, the company announced in a news release.

Orthwein, 64, has served as treasurer and a director of the company since its founding in 1980 and as vice chairman since 1986, and was appointed as interim chairman, president and CEO on Nov. 10.  Orthwein resigned from the office of treasurer, effective Nov. 17.

Orthwein fills the position held by co-founder Wade F.B. Thompson, who died last week.

Also on Tuesday, the board also elected Christian G. Farman to the office of treasurer. Farman, 50, has served as senior vice president and CFO since May 5, 2008. Prior to joining the company,  Farman served as CFO of Deutsch, a leading manufacturer of electrical connectors, from May 2006 to May 2007. From December 2003 to December 2005,  Farman served as CFO of Insituform Technologies Inc., a NASDAQ listed infrastructure company, first as vice president, from December 2003 to January 2005, and then as senior vice president, from January 2005 to December 2005.

From February 2003 to April 2003. Farman served as COO of the National Audubon Society. Prior to that, from 1989 to 2001, Farman was employed by Vivendi North America (previously Anjou International), a water treatment and environmental services company, which he joined as controller and was ultimately promoted to executive vice president and CFO.

Prior to Vivendi North America, he was employed as a senior audit manager at Price Waterhouse (now known as PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP), where he worked from 1979 to 1989.  Farman is a Certified Public Accountant.