Momentive

Board of Directors

  • Mahesh Balakrishnan

    Mahesh Balakrishnan was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. Mr. Balakrishnan is a Managing Director in Oaktree’s Opportunities Funds. He joined Oaktree in 2007 and has been focused on investing in the chemicals, energy, financial institutions, real estate and shipping sectors. Mr. Balakrishnan has worked with a number of Oaktree’s portfolio companies and currently serves on the board of Star Bulk Carriers Corp. Within the past five years, he also served on the board of STORE Capital Corp. (specialty REIT). He has been active on a number of creditors’ committees, including ad hoc committees, during the Lehman Brothers and LyondellBasell restructurings. Prior to Oaktree, Mr. Balakrishnan spent two years as an analyst in the Financial Sponsors & Leveraged Finance group at UBS Investment Bank. He is a member of the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive. Mr. Balakrishnan serves as a director of Momentive at the discretion of certain investment funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, which funds hold a substantial equity interest in Momentive.
     
  • Bradley J. Bell

    Bradley J. Bell was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization, and as Chairman of the Board on December 15, 2014. Mr. Bell also has served on the Board of Directors of Chemours Corporation since July 2015, chairing the Audit Committee, and of Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. III since June 2017 where he chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Nominating & Corporate Governance and Compensation Committees. During the past five years, Mr. Bell served on the Boards of Directors of IDEX Corporation from 2001 to 2015, Compass Minerals Corporation from 2003 to 2015, Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. II from 2015 to 2017 and Hennessy Capital Acquisition Corp. from 2014 to 2015. In addition, Mr. Bell has served as a director of Life Choice Crisis Pregnancy Center, a not-for-profit entity, since 2015. Mr. Bell was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Nalco Holding Co. (formerly known as Nalco Chemical Co.) from November 2003 to September 2010. He also served as a Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Rohm & Haas Co. from 1997 to May 2003. He is a member and Chairman of both the Compensation Committee and the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • John G. Boss

    John G. Boss was appointed Chief Executive Officer and President of Momentive on December 15, 2014, having  served as a director and Interim President and Chief Executive Officer since October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. He joined the Company as Executive Vice President and President of the Silicones and Quartz Division in March 2014. Mr. Boss was the former President of Honeywell Safety Products at Honeywell International from February 2012 to March 2014. He served in various leadership positions with Honeywell International since 2004, including Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Products from 2008 through 2012 and Vice President and General Manager of Specialty Chemicals from 2005 through 2008. Before joining Honeywell International, Mr. Boss was Vice President and General Manager of the Specialty and Fine Chemicals business of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation from 2000 through 2003 and Vice President and Business Director at Ashland Corporation (formerly International Specialty Products) from 1996 through 2000.
  • Theodore H. Butz

    Theodore H. Butz was appointed a director of Momentive on August 4, 2016. Mr. Butz brings over 30 years of experience in building specialty chemicals businesses. He currently serves as Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors for Dixie Chemical Company, a leading supplier of specialty chemicals for paper making, thermoset materials and fluid and lubricants. From 2011 through 2016, Mr. Butz was President and Chief Executive Officer of Pinova Holdings, Inc., a leading supplier of essential natural and renewable materials for fragrance, food and specialty industrial applications. Prior to Pinova, Mr. Butz was Group President for the Specialty Chemicals business at FMC Corporation. During his tenure at FMC, Mr. Butz held a variety of domestic and international leadership positions serving diverse markets and had responsibility for corporate-wide strategy and development activities, as well as corporate health and safety functions. From 2008 to 2010, Mr. Butz was also a Board Member of Aventine Renewable Energy, the second largest publicly traded ethanol supplier. Mr. Butz holds an M.B.A. from the University of San Francisco and a B.S. in Finance from Arizona State University. He is a member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • John D. Dionne

    John D. Dionne was appointed as a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. He has been a Senior Advisor of the Blackstone Group, L.P., an investment firm, since July 2013 and a Senior Lecturer in the Finance Unit of the Harvard Business School since January 2014. Until he retired from his position as a Senior Managing Director at Blackstone in June 2013, Mr. Dionne was Global Head of its Private Equity Business Development and Investor Relations Groups and served as a member of Blackstone’s Private Equity Investment and Valuation Committees. Mr. Dionne originally joined Blackstone in 2004 as the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of the Blackstone Distressed Securities Fund. Before joining Blackstone, Mr. Dionne was for several years a Partner and Portfolio Manager for Bennett Restructuring Funds, specializing in financially troubled companies, during which time he also served on several official and ad-hoc creditor committees. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst and Certified Public Accountant (inactive). Mr. Dionne also serves on the Board of Directors of Pelmorex Media Inc. since September 2013, on the Board of Directors and the Audit Committee of Cengage Learning Holdings II, Inc. since April 2014 and on the Board of Directors and as Chair of the Audit Committee of Caesars Entertainment Corporation since October 2017. He previously served as a member of the boards of directors of several companies and not-for-profit organizations. Mr. Dionne holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Scranton and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
  • Samuel Feinstein

    Samuel Feinstein was elected a director of the Company on November 3, 2016. Mr. Feinstein is a Partner in Apollo’s private equity business, having joined in 2007. He was previously a member of the Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley from September 2005 to May 2007. Mr. Feinstein currently serves on the board of CEVA Holdings LLC, Vectra Co., Pinnacle Agriculture Holdings, LLC and Hexion Holdings LLC. Within the past five years, he has served on the board of directors of Taminco Corporation. Mr. Feinstein graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Business Economics.
  • Robert Kalsow-Ramos

    Robert Kalsow-Ramos was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. Mr. Kalsow-Ramos is a Principal in Apollo Global Management’s Private Equity Group, where he has worked since 2010. Prior to joining Apollo, Mr. Kalsow-Ramos was a member of the Transportation Investment Banking Group at Morgan Stanley from 2008 to 2010. He also serves on the Board of Directors of Hexion Holdings LLC (“Hexion Holdings”) and Mount Olympus Holdings, Inc., each of which is affiliated with Apollo. Within the past five years, Mr. Kalsow-Ramos was a member of Noranda Aluminum Holding Corporation Board of Directors. Mr. Kalsow-Ramos graduated with High Honors from the University of Michigan’s Stephen M. Ross School of Business with a Bachelor of Business Administration. He is a member of the Audit Committee and the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • Scott M. Kleinman

    Scott M. Kleinman was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. He served as a director of the Company from October 1, 2010 to October 24, 2014. Mr. Kleinman is the Lead Partner for Private Equity at Apollo, where he has worked since February 1996. Prior to that time, Mr. Kleinman was employed by Smith Barney Inc. in its Investment Banking division. Mr. Kleinman is also a director of the following companies affiliated with Apollo: Hexion Holdings LLC, CH2M Hill Companies, Ltd., Vectra Co., and Constellis Holdings, LLC. Within the past five years, Mr. Kleinman was also a director of Verso Corporation, Realogy Holdings Corp., LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and Taminco Corporation. He is a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • Julian Markby

    Julian Markby was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. He served as a director of the Company from April 2013 to October 2014. Mr. Markby has been an independent financial consultant and corporate director since 2005. Previously, Mr. Markby was an investment banker for over 25 years, most recently at Wasserstein Perella and Dresdner Kleinwort Wasserstein for over 8 years. He also serves as a member of the Board and Chair of the Audit Committee of Thiele Kaolin Company, a director and Chair of the Audit Committee of Siguler Guff Small Business Credit Opportunities Fund, Inc. and Board Observer and the Voting Proxy for JPMorgan’s interest in Ligado Networks. Within the past five years, Mr. Markby also served as a director of TwentyEighty, Inc., SP Fiber Holdings, Inc., Altegrity, Inc. and NewPage Corporation. He is Chair of the Audit Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • Jeffrey M. Nodland

    Jeffrey M. Nodland was appointed a director of Momentive on December 7, 2015. He has an extensive track record of executive leadership within the specialty chemicals, industrial manufacturing and consumer products sectors. He currently serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of KIK Custom Products, a manufacturer of national and retailer brand consumer products throughout North America, and a leader in manufacturing of both chemicals for the pool and spa markets and antifreeze to the North American automotive industry. Mr. Nodland previously served as President of Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc.’s Coatings & Inks Division from 2005 to May 2006, and President and Chief Operating Officer of Resolution Specialty Materials from 2004 to 2005. In addition, Mr. Nodland served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Resolution Performance Products from 2001 to 2004, CEO and President of McWhorter Technologies from 1999 to 2001 and held several management roles for The Valspar Corporation from 1977 to 1994. Mr. Nodland currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ecosynthetix, a renewable chemicals manufacturer of bio-based products. Mr. Nodland previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of California Products Corporation and TPC Group. He is a member of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.
  • Marvin O. Schlanger

    Marvin O. Schlanger was appointed a director of Momentive on October 24, 2014, pursuant to the Plan of Reorganization. Since October 1998, Mr. Schlanger has been a principal in the firm of Cherry Hill Chemical Investments, LLC, which provides management services and capital to the chemical and allied industries. Prior to October 1998, he held various positions with ARCO Chemical Company, serving as President and Chief Executive Officer from May 1998 to July 1998 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from 1994 to May 1998. He served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Resolution Performance Products LLC and RPP Capital Corporation from November 2000 and Chairman of Resolution Specialty Materials Company from August 2004 until the formation of Hexion Specialty Chemicals Inc. in May 2005. Mr. Schlanger is also a director and the Chairman of the Board of CEVA Group Plc, Chairman of UGI Corporation and UGI Utilities and a director of UGI Corporation, UGI Utilities Inc., Amerigas Partners, LP, Vectra Corporation and Hexion Holdings. Mr. Schlanger was formerly Chairman of the Supervisory Board of LyondellBasell Industries N.V. and Chairman of Covalence Specialty Materials Corp. Mr. Schlanger previously served as a director of Taminco Corporation. He is Chair of the Environment, Health and Safety Committee of the Board of Directors of Momentive.