Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer
Samuel F. Thomas was elected Chairman of our Board of Directors in March 2007 and has served as Chief Executive Officer and as a member of our Board of Directors since October 2003. Prior to joining our company, Mr. Thomas was Executive Vice President of Global Consumables at ESAB Holdings Ltd, a provider of welding consumables and equipment. In addition to his most recent position at ESAB, Mr. Thomas was responsible for ESAB North America during his employment at ESAB Holdings Ltd. Prior to joining ESAB in February 1999, Mr. Thomas was Vice President of Friction Products for Federal Mogul, Inc. Prior to its acquisition by Federal Mogul in 1998, Mr. Thomas was employed by T&N plc from 1976 to 1998, where he served from 1991 as chief executive of several global operating divisions, including industrial sealing, camshafts and friction products. Mr. Thomas also serves as a director of Lumentum Holdings Inc.
President and Chief Operating Officer
William C. Johnson is our President and Chief Operating Officer and has served in that capacity since July 13, 2016. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer at Dover Refrigeration & Food Equipment, Inc., a subsidiary of Dover Corporation.
Mr. Johnson previously held multiple executive positions at Dover and its manufacturing companies, which he joined in August 2006 as Executive Vice President at Hill Phoenix, Inc. Prior to his tenure with Dover, Mr. Johnson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Corporation.
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Kenneth J. Webster is our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and has served in that capacity since April 15, 2016. Mr. Webster joined the Company in July 2006 as our Director of Internal Audit and until becoming our Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, he was our Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Controller since May 2010. Prior to joining Chart, Mr. Webster served as Assistant Corporate Controller for International Steel Group, an integrated steel manufacturer, from March 2004 to April 2005, at which time International Steel Group was acquired by Mittal Steel USA, Inc. Following the acquisition, Mr. Webster continued to serve in his capacity as Assistant Corporate Controller for Mittal Steel USA, Inc. until July 2006. Before that, Mr. Webster served in various accounting and finance positions with Bethlehem Steel.
Chief Accounting Officer and ControllerMary C. (Katie) Cook is our Chief Accounting Officer and Controller and has served in that capacity since April 15, 2016. Ms. Cook joined the Company in August 2012 and until becoming Chief Accounting Officer and Controller, she was the Company’s Assistant Controller. Ms. Cook was previously the Manager of Financial Reporting for Applied Industrial Technologies, Inc., an industrial distributor, from December 2006 through August 2012.
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Robert H. Wolfe is our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary and has served in that capacity since November 4, 2016. Mr. Wolfe has been employed with the Company since 2011, serving as the Assistant General Counsel of Chart Energy & Chemicals, Inc.
Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Wolfe had over 30 years of legal experience with several top engineering, construction and procurement firms including, most recently, URS Energy & Construction, Inc. Mr. Wolfe also has substantial public company General Counsel experience from his prior tenure at Chicago Bridge & Iron Company.
Director; Retired Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc.
W. Douglas Brown has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2008. Mr. Brown served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. ("Air Products"), a global supplier of industrial gases, performance materials and equipment and services, from 1999 until his retirement in 2007. Prior to that, Mr. Brown held General Counsel and various administrative positions with Air Products and its affiliates, including engineering, construction and energy-related businesses, from 1975.
Director; Retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company
Richard E. Goodrich has been a member of our Board of Directors since August 2006. Mr. Goodrich is a retired Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chicago Bridge & Iron Company N.V. (CB&I), an engineering, procurement and construction company that provides services to customers in the chemicals and energy industries. Prior to retiring, Mr. Goodrich served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of CB&I from 2001 to 2005, and until June 2006, as acting Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Goodrich also serves as a director of Gundle SLT Environmental, Inc.
Director; Retired Chairman of Accuride Corporation
Terrence J. Keating was Chairman of Accuride Corporation, a manufacturer and supplier of commercial vehicle components, from January 2007 until December 2008. He initially was elected as a director of Accuride in May 2002. Mr. Keating served as Chief Executive Officer of Accuride from May 2002 to October 2007 and was President of Accuride from May 2002 to January 2006. Prior to that, Mr. Keating held various executive and management positions at Accuride and other manufacturers in the commercial vehicle and other industries. Mr. Keating is also a board member of A. M. Castle & Co. and Dana Holding Corporation.
Lead Independent Director; Retired President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of T-3 Energy Services, Inc.
Steven W. Krablin has been a member of our Board of Directors since July 2006. Mr. Krablin served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of T-3 Energy Services, Inc. (“T-3”), an oilfield services company that manufactures products used in the drilling, production and transportation of oil and gas, from March 2009 until the sale of T-3 in January 2011. Prior to his employment with T-3, Mr. Krablin was a private investor since April 2005. From January 1996 until his retirement in April 2005, Mr. Krablin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of National Oilwell Varco Inc. or its predecessors, a manufacturer and distributor of oil and gas drilling equipment and related services and products. Prior to 1996, Mr. Krablin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Enterra Corporation until its merger with Weatherford International, Inc. Mr. Krablin also serves as a director of Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc. and Penn Virginia Corporation.
Director; Executive Vice President of Veresen Inc., President and Chief Executive Officer of Jordan Cove LNG, LLC
Elizabeth G. Spomer has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2014. Since October 2014, Ms. Spomer has served as Executive Vice President of Veresen Inc. (“Veresen”) and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Jordan Cove LNG LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Veresen. Veresen is an energy infrastructure and operations company with a focus on developing North American natural gas infrastructure. Prior to joining Veresen Ms. Spomer was Senior Vice President, Global Business Development since 2012 for BG Group plc, a multinational energy company engaged in the exploration, development and production of natural gas and oil. Ms. Spomer joined BG Group in 2002, as Chief Executive Officer of BG LNG Services and, from 2004 to 2011, Ms. Spomer served as Senior Vice President, Business Development – Americas and Global LNG Region. Prior to joining BG Group, Ms. Spomer was employed from 1998 by BP plc, a multinational energy company with integrated operations in the oil and gas industry, most recently as Vice President of Asia Pacific Global LNG. Prior to that, Ms. Spomer was with Amoco Production Company, a global chemical and oil company, before it merged with BP plc, and she worked with other energy companies in various management positions earlier in her career.
Director; Chief Executive Officer of Parker Hannifin Corporation
Thomas L. Williams has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2008. Mr. Williams is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer and a director of Parker Hannifin Corporation ("Parker Hannifin"), a manufacturer of motion and control technologies. From 2008 to February 2015, Mr. Williams served as Executive Vice President and Operating Officer of Parker Hannifin. Mr. Williams joined Parker Hannifin in 2003 as Vice President Operations - Hydraulics Group and became President - Instrumentation Group in 2005 and Senior Vice President - Operating Officer in 2006. Prior to joining Parker Hannifin, Mr. Williams was employed by General Electric Company for 22 years, where he held various executive operating positions for four different business groups: GE Capital, Aviation, Lighting and Transportation.