Our Leadership

Executives

Jillian C. Evanko

Jillian C. Evanko

President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Jillian C. Evanko is our President and Chief Executive Officer, serving in this capacity since June 13, 2018.  Ms. Evanko joined the Company on February 13, 2017 as our Vice President of Finance after serving as the Vice President of Truck-Lite Co., LLC since October 2016.  Prior to her position at Truck-Lite Co., LLC, Ms. Evanko held multiple executive positions at Dover Corporation and its subsidiaries, including the role of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dover Fluids since January 2014. Prior to joining Dover in 2004, Ms. Evanko worked in valuation services at Arthur Andersen, LLP and also held audit and accounting roles for Honeywell and Sony Corporation of America. In addition to serving on Chart’s Board of Directors, Ms. Evanko also serves as a director of Alliant Energy (NASDAQ: LNT). 

Jill received a Masters of Business Administration from The University of Notre Dame and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from La Salle University.

Scott W. Merkle

Scott W. Merkle

Vice President & Chief Accounting Officer

Scott is our Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer, serving in this capacity since August 29, 2019 and is responsible for Corporate Accounting, Financial Planning and Analysis, Information Technology, Tax, Treasury, Internal Audit, and Chart Business Services. Scott joined the company on March 27, 2017 as Director of Financial Services after serving as Director of Financial Planning and Analysis at Truck-Lite Co., LLC since September 2015. He spent 15 years at Truck-Lite and held various executive positions in finance and information technologies including Director of International Finance & Information Technology. Prior to joining Truck-Lite in May 2000, he worked for the Carborundum Company, Monofrax Refractories Division for 12 years in various managerial accounting and finance roles.

Gerald F. (Gerry) Vinci

Gerald F. (Gerry) Vinci

Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer

Gerald F. Vinci is our Chief Human Resources Officer and has served in that capacity since December 5, 2016, when he joined the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Vinci held various executive Human Resources roles at Dover Corporation from February 2013 to November 2016, including Vice President, Human Resources for Dover Engineered Systems and Dover Refrigeration and Food Equipment Segments. From 1997 to 2013, Mr. Vinci served in numerous Human Resources executive roles and as Senior Counsel for Harsco Corporation. Prior to that, Mr. Vinci was an attorney for Sunoco, Inc.

Herbert G. Hotchkiss

Herbert G. Hotchkiss

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Herbert G. Hotchkiss is our Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, serving in this capacity since March 5, 2019. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Hotchkiss spent over 11 years at Truck-Lite Co., LLC as Vice President and Corporate Counsel. Prior to joining Truck-Lite, Herb worked for Blair Corporation as its Vice President and General Counsel. Herb was employed as a Cleveland attorney, working as a corporate associate at Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP and Hahn, Loeser & Parks LLP. Mr. Hotchkiss graduated cum laude from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, Cleveland State University with his J.D. in 1996, and he received his LL.M. in Taxation from Case Western Reserve University School of Law in 1998.

Douglas Ducote

Douglas Ducote

President, Global Engineering and Chief Technology Officer

Doug is responsible to the CEO for all matters involving Chart engineering and technology to include process and product development as well as all research and development efforts. Additionally, he is the senior Chart Industries Fellow and is responsible for the Chart Fellows and Key Experts program recognizing outstanding technical contributors within the company. Prior to this role, Doug was the Vice President, Process Plant Technology for E & C.

Doug joined Chart in 1978 and has served in multiple engineering and leadership roles to include the General Manager of operations in New Iberia, Louisiana and the General Manager of the Process Systems business in The Woodlands, Texas. He has 7 patents in the LNG field and the co-inventor of the IPSMR® LNG liquefaction process and heavy hydrocarbon removal process for LNG.

He also has related experience with Pratt and Whitney Aircraft and Praxair.

Doug has a Bachelor of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from Louisiana State University.

Aaron S. Bridges

Aaron S. Bridges

Vice President, Commercial Officer

Aaron is Vice President, Commercial Officer and is responsible for establishing and driving the global sales and marketing team with a focus on Chart’s industrial gas and energy business. In this role, he is responsible for coordinating client relationships and integrating them with strategic market requirements such that the sales and marketing efforts are aligned with Chart’s operational objectives.

He has held a variety of sales management roles with the company, as well as several senior management positions, including Vice President, Global Energy Sales, Vice President, Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchanger and Lifecycle Services, Vice President, Energy & Chemical Sales, and Vice President, Chart Cooler Service Company.

Prior to joining Chart, he was with Chicago Bridge & Iron Company for fifteen years as Director of Business Development, LNG, BDM Refining & Downstream, and BDM CB&I Services, along with several operations and engineering roles.

Aaron holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois, and earned his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.

Joseph Belling

Joseph Belling

President, Energy & Chemicals

Joe is currently President of the Energy & Chemicals (E & C) segment. Prior to this role, Joe was the President of E & C Cryogenics and previously held the role of Vice President / General Manager of Chart’s Brazed Aluminum Heat Exchangers (BAHX) business.

Joe began his career as a Sales/Applications Engineer with ALTEC International in 1993. As ALTEC transitioned into Chart Energy & Chemicals, Mr. Belling took on a variety of roles related to design and application of BAHX in key markets of Industrial Gas, Hydrocarbon and Petrochemical Processing, and LNG. In 2015 Mr. Belling was promoted to Sales Engineering Manager.

He also has related experience with Trane, a multi-national corporation specializing in the HVAC industry, where he held roles of increasing responsibility as a Product Planning and New Product Introduction Leader for Trane’s Global Parts Division.

Joe has a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Joe Brinkman

Joe Brinkman

Vice President & General Manager Industrial Gas Products

Joe is currently the VP and GM of Industrial Gas Products. Joe has been with Chart since 1993 and has held various roles, starting his career as a Product Engineer and then the Strategic Sourcing Manager for MVE. His former roles have included Materials Manager , Director of Global sourcing and most recently VP & GM of Bulk Gas Products.

He holds a BS of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Minnesota and a Masters of Business Administration, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.

George Arnett

George Arnett

Vice President & General Manager, Parts, Repairs and Services

George Arnett is Vice President and General Manager of the Parts, Repairs and Services division of Chart’s D&S West division. He manages Chart’s parts department, field services team and the operations at Chart’s US repair facilities in Houston, TX, Reno, NV, Brentwood, NH and New Prague, MN. George joined Chart through the E&C division in December, 2013, and has held numerous roles including Vice President of LNG, Vice President of Global Energy Sales and Vice President Business Development for the Americas.

George has a Master’s Degree in Product Development Engineering and a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Southern California. He is a U.S. Navy veteran and served for seven years as a nuclear trained submarine officer.

Miroslav Cerny

Miroslav Cerny

President, Distribution & Storage EMEA and India

Miroslav is the President of Chart Distribution and Storage for EMEA and India region. Since joining Chart in 2002, he has held various business and general management positions that include Business Director Chart D&S Europe, VP/General Manager Packaged Gas in Ball Ground, Georgia and most recently President of Chart Distribution and Storage Northwestern Europe. Prior to joining Chart, Miroslav worked for Ericsson and Balcke-Dürr Industrial Cooling. Miroslav holds a Masters of Business Administration from the Sheffield Hallam University in the UK and a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of West Bohemia in the Czech Republic.

Sherry Shi

Sherry Shi

Vice President & General Manager, China

Sherry currently has leadership responsibility for Chart’s Changzhou operations and has been with Chart since 2001 in various product management roles. She graduated from Jiangsu University of Science & Technology with a Bachelor of Science degree in Heat Treatment Technology.

Board Members

Steven W. Krablin

Steven W. Krablin

Chairman Of The Board; 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 Precision Drilling. 

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee

Carey Chen

Carey Chen

Director

Carey Chen has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2018. Most recently, he was Executive Chairman and President of Cincinnati Incorporated. Prior to joining Cincinnati Incorporated in January 2015, Mr. Chen served as Vice President of Hypertherm, Inc., a global provider of cutting products and solutions. During his eight year tenure at Hypertherm, Inc., Mr. Chen held various operating and corporate roles including Vice President & General Manager – Light Industrial Businesses, Chief Financial Officer, and Chief Information Officer. Earlier in his career, Mr. Chen served as Vice President – Finance for Wiremold | Legrand (PARIS: LR.PA); Chief Financial Officer for Bayliner Marine Corporation, a division of the Brunswick Corporation (NYSE: BC); and held various financial planning and strategic development roles for AlliedSignal, Inc. (NYSE: ALD). Mr. Chen currently serves as an independent director for Digital Alloys, Inc., Roberts Hawaii, Inc., and Midwest Composite Technologies, LLC. He is also the Treasurer of the American Welding Society, serving his second term.

Chair of the Audit Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Singleton B. McAllister

Singleton B. McAllister

Director; Attorney, Senior Advisor with Husch Blackwell LLP

Singleton B. McAllister has been a member of our Board of Directors since November 2019. A leader in government affairs regulatory law for over 30 years, she has held several senior positions at the national level including senior counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Budget. Ms. McAllister was the chief legal advisor to 72 U.S. missions around the world. She represents companies and trade associations throughout a wide range of industries in public and regulatory matters related to international trade, transportation, energy and healthcare. Ms. McAllister serves on the Board of Directors of public utility holding company Alliant Energy, and was voted on the proxy board of Securitas Critical Infrastructure Services, Inc. She is also a board member of Anterix and serves as Vice Chair for the National Women’s History Museum

Chair of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee

Michael L. Molinini

Michael L. Molinini

Director; Retired Chief Executive Officer and President of Airgas, Inc.

Michael L. Molinini has been a member of our Board of Directors since March 2017. Prior to joining the Board, Mr. Molinini served as Chief Executive Officer and President of Airgas, Inc. (“Airgas”) from August 2012 until May 23, 2016, and was Interim Chief Executive Officer from May 23, 2016 until June 30, 2016, when Airgas was acquired by Air Liquide. Mr. Molinini also served as a director of Airgas from May 2012 until May 2016. Before that time, Mr. Molinini served in various capacities at Airgas, including as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from January 2005 until August 2012, as well as positions at National Welders Supply Company and the Linde Division of Union Carbide Corporation.

Chair of the Compensation Committee

Member of the Nominations and Corporate Governance Committee

David M. Sagehorn

David M. Sagehorn

Director; Retired Vice President and CFO of Oshkosh Corporation

David M. Sagehorn has been a member of our Board of Directors since May 2019. From 2007 to April 2020, Mr. Sagehorn served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Oshkosh Corporation, a global producer of specialty trucks, truck bodies, and access equipment used in the defense, construction, and services market. Prior to his role at Oshkosh, he served in various other capacities including as Director – Business Development, Vice President -Defense Finance, Vice President – McNeilus Finance, Vice President – Business Development, and Vice President and Treasurer.

Member of the Audit Committee

Member of the Compensation Committee