Board Of Directors
President and Chief Executive Officer
Patrick Williams was appointed as President and Chief Executive Officer in April 2009. He had previously been Executive Vice President and President, Fuel Specialties with the Corporation since 2005. In addition to this role, he also assumed responsibility for the Performance Chemicals business in 2008. Prior to 2005, he was Chief Executive Officer for the Corporation's Fuel Specialties business in the Americas, having held a number of senior management and sales leadership roles in that business since 1993. Since February 2020, Patrick has been a Non-Executive Director for AdvanSix Inc., a NYSE listed chemicals manufacturer of nylon 6 resin, chemical intermediates and sulfate fertilizer, and is on their Compensation and Leadership Development Committee and their Health, Safety, Environmental and Sustainability Committee.
Milton C Blackmore
Milton "Bud" Blackmore was most recently the Senior Vice President, Marketing and Product Supply for Sinclair Oil Corporation, one of the largest oil companies in the U.S., and served on their Board of Directors until his retirement in 2009, having previously held a number of senior marketing roles with the Company. He was also Chairman of Sinclair Marketing Inc., the company's convenience store business. Before joining Sinclair in 1995, Bud was with Kerr-McGee Refining Corporation for 26 years, progressing through a variety of accounting, marketing and general management positions, ultimately serving as General Manager, Branded Marketing for three years. Bud has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Panhandle State University in Oklahoma. Bud is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee and a member of the Board's Compensation Committee.
Hugh G C Aldous
Hugh Aldous currently serves as Chairman of SPL Guernsey ICC Limited, the umbrella company for a number of cells in Guernsey, all of which he also chairs (appointed December 2009). Hugh is also a Non-Executive Director of two London listed public companies; Elderstreet Venture Capital Trust plc (appointed March 2007) and Polar Capital Holdings plc, a parent company that controls an asset management business that includes two SEC registered entities (appointed July 2007). Hugh was a member of the U.K. Competition Commission from 1998 to 2001 and was appointed a U.K. Government Inspector of Companies several times between 1987 and 2003. He has authored several reports on corporate governance issues, has served as the audit committee chairperson for several public companies and currently chairs the audit committees of one public company and serves as a member of the audit committee of another (none of which are SEC listed companies). From 2007 - 2015 Mr Aldous was Chairman of Capita Sinclair Henderson Limited, a company servicing the fund management industry and a subsidiary of the London listed Capita Group plc. From 2007 to 2015 Hugh was Executive Chairman of Melorio plc, a London quoted company in the training industry, which was sold to Pearson plc in July 2010. Hugh was for thirty two years a partner in RSM Robson Rhodes (Chartered Accountants) of which he was CEO from 1987 to 1997 and Grant Thornton UK LLP.
David Landless was the Group Finance Director for Bodycote plc, a UK listed company, which provides thermal processing services globally for a wide range of industries including aerospace, automotive, oil and gas and construction, for 17 years until December 2016. Since March 2013, he has been a Non-Executive Director for Luxfer Holdings plc, a NYSE listed global materials technology company, and chairs their Audit Committee. In January 2017, he was appointed a Non Executive Director of Renold plc, a UK listed global manufacturer of specialist industrial chain and machinery transmissions and also chairs their Audit Committee. He is also a Non Executive Director of European Metal Recycling (EMR), a large private scrap metal recycling company and was appointed to this role in June 2017. David's early career includes fourteen years with Courtaulds plc, where he held a number of finance roles, ultimately serving as the Finance Director of Courtaulds Coatings (Holdings) Limited from 1997 to 1999. David is a Chartered Management Accountant and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Sciences from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology in the UK. David is the Chairman of the Audit Committee.
Lawrence "Larry" Padfield is currently a principal and Executive Vice President of Blackline Partners LLC, a closely held private equity and midstream logistics and terminal development company. He also serves on the Board of CAP Technologies, a private U.S. company that has developed and markets a ground breaking technology for cleaning and coating wire, rebar and plate steel. Prior to forming Blackline Partners, Larry was a founding partner and Vice President for eleven years at U.S. Development Group LLC, an industry leading biofuel and crude oil terminal development company. Larry's early career includes eighteen years at Shell Oil Company where he held a number of roles in marketing, engineering and product supply, ultimately serving as the Business Development and Acquisitions Manager for their terminal and pipeline business. Larry has a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Missouri. Larry is a member of the Board's Compensation committee.
Robert I. Paller
Robert Paller has served on the board of numerous private companies and non-profit corporations for over forty years. He is currently a member of the Council of National Trustees for the National Jewish Medical and Research Center in Denver, Colorado. An attorney by profession, Robert has been a partner with Smith, Gambrell & Russell LLP since 1965 specializing in corporate law, particularly mergers and acquisitions and currently is "Of Counsel" to the firm.
Claudia Poccia currently serves as CEO of DragonflySage, a strategic consultancy she founded to advise luxury lifestyle and beauty brands, and has over 30 years’ experience in the beauty industry. Most recently, Claudia was the Chief Marketing Officer and Head of International Business Development of bareMinerals for Shiseido Americas Corporation having previously served as President/CEO of Gurwitch Products from 2011 to 2015. Prior to that, Claudia was Global President, Beauty for Avon Products Inc. from 2009 to 2011, having joined them in 2005 as President for the US beauty business. From 1994 to 2005, Claudia worked for Estee Lauder Companies Inc., in a number of senior executive and business roles. Her early career included 7 years at Avon Products Inc., where she held a number of roles in sales. Claudia is recognized as a leader in the beauty industry and was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Beauty by Beauty Inc. and has been the recipient of several awards in the industry including the Cosmetic Executive Women Achiever Award and Women’s Wear Daily Beauty Biz Award for Innovative Marketer. Claudia is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Joachim Roeser was the Chief Executive Officer of the Amber Chemical Group, a global specialty silicone producer, owned by Caledonia Investments plc. for eight years, until March 2014. In July 2014 he became a Senior Adviser of Beyond Capital Partners GmbH, a German private equity firm, focussing on mid-size and family companies. He has been a Senior Adviser of Trumont International, a mergers and acquisition advisory firm for the chemicals industry and allied sectors since July 2011. In May 2015 he was appointed a Non-Executive Director of Centroflora-CMS, a global active pharmaceutical ingredients manufacturer/distributor. He was Non-Executive Chairman of Fluidata Ltd, a business internet service provider company, from January 2007 until March 2015.
Joachim is a German national and has lived and worked in Belgium, France and Germany, as well as in the U.K. Previously, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Luzenac, a Rio Tinto subsidiary and the world’s leading talc mining producer, for five years from May 2001 to April 2006. Prior to that, Joachim was European President of Ferro Corporation from April 1998 to December 2000. He started his career over thirty five years ago in the emulsifier and starch industry before joining ARCO Chemical in 1983, where he held a number of senior management positions, ultimately serving as Global Business Director, Styrene for two years. Joachim earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Wuppertal. Joachim is Chairman of the Compensation Committee, and also a member of the Audit Committee.