Tarkett Commercial president Gilles de Beaumont has been named president of The Resilient Floor Covering Institute (RFCI) for a two-year term that will begin next year. He succeeds Brian Carson, senior vp innovation for Armstrong, who has served as president of the trade organization since 2003. In his role as president, de Beaumont will be responsible for the organization's business affairs, while continuing to work with its board of directors.

The managing director of RFCI, Douglas Wiegand said the Tarkett executive was a good choice to lead RFCI, which was established in 1976 to support the interests of the resilient floor covering industry. "Gilles clearly has demonstrated his leadership ability since joining the Board," said Wiegand. "He is a person of unyielding integrity and his willingness to serve demonstrates his belief that you should seek to give back more than you receive. Tarkett is a long-standing company with great products and they reflect well on the industry and on RFCI."

"I am honored to serve as president of RFCI," de Beaumont said. "This organization truly has helped raise the standards in the resilient flooring industry and I look forward to playing a larger role in helping to further its mission."

In addition to promoting the use of resilient flooring, RFCI monitors and responds to federal, state and local legislation and regulations that effect the industry. It also develops product guildelines and technical information and data to the resilient floor industry.

The trade group recently introduced the FloorScore program, developed in conjunction with Scientific Certification Systems (SCS) to test and certify flooring products for compliance with air quality emissions. A flooring product bearing the FloorScore assures that it has been certified to comply with stringent emissions standards. For additional information, visit www.rfci.com.