Meet GEO Specialty Chemicals' Executive Team
Ken Ghazey has been GEO’s President & Chief Executive Officer and a member of its Board of Directors since 2005. Concurrently, from the time of its emergence from bankruptcy until its successful sale in 2011, Mr. Ghazey was a director and chaired the Audit Committee of Wellman Holdings, Inc., one of the five largest PET resin companies in the United States. Prior to his tenure with GEO and Wellman, he spent almost 15 years in a number of senior operating and executive positions in a range of industrial companies. Mr. Ghazey was President of Amerace/Hendrix Wire & Cable from 1987 to 1990; Executive Vice President, CFO, and Treasurer of Darling International from 1990 to 1993 and President, Chief Operating Officer and Director from 1993 to 1996; and Executive Vice President & CFO, Finance & Administration and Director of ENTEX Information Services, Inc. from 1996 to 2000. Immediately prior to becoming CEO of GEO, he was a Partner and Managing Director of an investment firm. He started his career as an auditor and tax specialist with PwC. Mr. Ghazey received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of Vermont in 1978 and is a member of the Massachusetts Society of Certified Public Accountants.
William Eckman has been Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of GEO since its inception in 1993 and is a co-founder of the Company. Prior to that time, Mr. Eckman was involved in acquisitions, joint venture development, product management and strategic planning for Exxon Chemical’s specialty chemical business in Latin America and Mexico. Mr. Eckman was also a corporate treasurer for Exxon Chemical Americas with responsibility for Latin America. He also served in the Controller’s department at Exxon Chemical’s Baton Rouge, Louisiana plant. Mr. Eckman was a founder and owner of Pharmaceutical Fine Chemicals, S.A. and a director of certain of its affiliates. Mr. Eckman received a B.A. in Business Administration from Marian College and an M.B.A., majoring in International Business and Economics, from New York University. Mr. Eckman also pursued doctoral level studies in International Economics at the University of Paris.
Michael Payne is the Corporate Human Resources Officer at GEO. He has been involved with the human resource function of GEO in a consulting role since 1996 and has over 30 years of experience in human resource management, organizational development and strategic planning. Mr. Payne has advised GEO senior management and its board on matters pertaining to labor relations, compensation and benefits strategy, executive succession planning and senior management staffing. Prior to his involvement with GEO, Mr. Payne held executive human resource positions with Mobil Oil production divisions in New York and New Orleans and also held executive human resource positions for Exxon Chemical and Exxon Chemical Americas. Mr. Payne received a degree in Industrial Psychology from Cleveland State University and also pursued doctoral studies at Cleveland State University in Organizational Psychology.
Thomas Longstaff is Vice President of Purchasing, Logistics and Regulatory. He joined GEO in July 2005 as Corporate Purchasing Manager and was promoted to Vice President Purchasing in 2006. In 2007, he accepted responsibility for Logistics and assumed responsibility for Regulatory Affairs in 2011, when he reorganized this department. Mr. Longstaff has held both corporate and manufacturing support positions in multiple industries including steel distribution, pharmaceuticals and the chemical industry. Mr. Longstaff received a B.A. in Materials and Logistics Management from Michigan State University.
Steven Einolf is Senior Vice President of the Paints & Coatings Division and Chief Environmental & Safety Officer for GEO. He joined GEO as Vice President and General Manager of the Rubber & Plastics Division in May 2001 when GEO acquired the Organic Peroxide business from Hercules Incorporated. In 2006, he was promoted to Sr. Vice President and General Manager for both the R&P and P&C Divisions where he oversaw the division restructuring as well as integration of the Hythe acquisition. In March 2012, Mr. Einolf also assumed the position of Chief Environmental & Safety Officer for the Company. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Einolf held various positions in Hercules from 1981 to 2001 including Strategic Business Director for the Organic Peroxide Business Unit and President of the Hercules-Sanyo joint venture from 1996 to 2001 and Manager of the Gibbstown, New Jersey plant from 1991 to 1996. He also held various engineering and manufacturing positions at ICI and Stauffer Chemical Company prior to joining Hercules. He has 35 years of experience in the chemical manufacturing industry. Mr. Einolf received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Delaware and completed programs at the Darden Graduate School of Business Management on Manufacturing Management, Sales Management, and Strategic Business Management.
Nick Liptrot is Managing Director of GEO Specialty Chemicals UK Ltd. He joined Hythe in 2000 as Divisional Finance Director, and became Managing Director in 2007. Prior to GEO, he held senior finance and operations positions in various global manufacturing companies. Mr. Liptrot received a BSc (Hons) in Finance from the University of Salford and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.
Scot Lang is Senior Vice President of the Water Treatment Chemicals Division. He joined GEO in May 2006 as the Director of Manufacturing for the Water Treatment Chemicals division and was promoted to Vice President In October 2006. Prior to joining GEO, Mr. Lang was employed at GenTek and held the position of Midwest Regional Manager for the Water Chemicals division for 7 years where he had P & L responsibility for 12 Water Treatment Chemical plants located throughout the Midwestern United States. He has 20 years experience in Engineering, Manufacturing and Sales. Mr. Lang received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and an M.B.A. in Corporate Finance from Washington University.
William Mahoney is Vice President and General Manager of the Specialty and Construction Division. He joined GEO in 2007. Mr. Mahoney started his career as a chemical engineer with Rohm and Haas before assuming marketing positions with the Company. He has successfully built plants in Texas, Taiwan, Illinois, Tennessee and Pennsylvania. Mr. Mahoney received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT and an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from MIT.