Christopher T. Fraser has served as board director of KMG Chemicals, Inc. since June 2008 and was elected chairman of the board of directors in December 2012. In September 2013, Mr. Fraser was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer. As an operating partner of the global equity firm Advent International since 2011, he advises that firm on investment opportunities in the industrial sector, focusing on chemicals and materials. Until his retirement in 2009, Fraser was president and CEO of Chemical Lime Company, North America’s leading producer of calcium based (limestone) alkaline products with various industrial applications including the manufacture of steel, water treatment, flue gas desulphurization, and chemical production. Before joining Chemical Lime, he was president and CEO of OCI Chemical Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DC Chemical Co. Prior to joining OCI in 1990, Fraser held various positions of responsibility in sales, marketing, business development, operations and general management. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and in Business Administration from the University of Connecticut and his Masters of Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
Marcelino Rodriguez was named Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in June 2016. Mr. Rodriguez joined KMG in 2014 as Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer, overseeing the company’s corporate accounting and financial reporting. He brings to the company more than 27 years of domestic and international experience in accounting, financial reporting, operating processes and systems and information technology. Before joining KMG in 2014, Rodriguez served as Chief Financial Officer of Paul Mueller Company, a Springfield, Missouri-based manufacturer of industrial stainless steel tanks and equipment, where he was responsible for accounting, finance, IT treasury, reporting, legal and investor relations. Prior to that role, Rodriguez was Chief Financial Officer of Lhoist North America, a leading producer of lime-based products and services. Mr. Rodriguez holds a BBA in Accounting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and earned his MBA from St. Mary’s University.
KMG’s Vice President of Operations from 2008-2016, Mr. Ernest Kremling was named Senior Vice President Performance Materials & Manufacturing Services in 2017. Prior to 2008, Mr. Kremling spent 20 years with the Dow Chemical Company in various manufacturing roles, which included project management and plant and site leadership. During the course of his employment with Dow, he worked in Asia for several years and held positions of global responsibility that covered Asia, Europe and South America.
Prior to joining KMG in 2017 as Senior Vice President, Mr. Jeff Handelman was Executive Vice President, Process Materials at Versum Materials, a leading electronic materials supplier to the semiconductor industry. Versum Materials was spun off from Air Products and Chemicals electronic materials division in September 2016. At Air Products, Handelman held positions of increasing responsibility, including Wet Process Chemical General Manager and Vice President, Global Sales for the firm’s electronics business. Prior to joining Air Products, Handelman held various business management and strategic development positions at Ashland Chemical and Koch Industries.
Mr. Roger C. Jackson was elected Secretary of KMG Chemicals in 2001 and became Vice President and General Counsel of KMG in 2002. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Jackson had been a partner since 1995 in Woods & Jackson, L.L.P. and had been a partner in the Houston law firm Brown, Parker & Leahy L.L.P. beginning in 1985. He had joined that firm as an associate in 1978.
Mr. Chris Gonser joined KMG in December 2013. He brings over 30 years of human resources experience to the company. Most recently he was Vice President, Human Resources of Lhoist North America, an international mining and chemical manufacturing company with more than $1 billion in annual revenue. Prior to his position at Lhoist, Chris spent five years as a Vice President of Human Resources at Celanese, a global specialty technology and materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Chris has an impressive history of delivering results through HR teams and programs, and he brings a wealth of global knowledge of human resource management, leadership and expertise to KMG. He graduated from Baylor University with BBA in Accounting and holds the Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) certification from the Society of Human Resources Management.