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.
Malinda Passmore joined KMG in 2014 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. She brings to the company 30 years of accounting, financial and IT systems experience, including 12 years at Commercial Metals Company, a Fortune 500 global steel manufacturer. At Commercial Metals, Passmore served as corporate controller and chief accounting officer over a period of seven years. Subsequently, she was vice president and chief information officer at Commercial Metals for five years.
Most recently, Passmore was chief financial officer of Country Fresh, a fast-growing privately held wholesale food supplier. At Country Fresh, she was responsible for financial reporting, tax and treasury, as well as plant strategy optimization and technology systems integration. Prior to her position as CFO of Country Fresh, Passmore was senior vice president finance for Archipelago Learning, a leading publicly traded international education company.
Mr. Ernest Kremling became KMG’s Vice President of Operations in 2008. Prior to that, 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 2013 as Vice President, Mr. Lau most recently worked with Linde LLC where his assignments included President and General Manager of Linde LienHwa in Shanghai from 2010 to 2013. In this role, Mr. Lau led the successful development and growth of the company to become the market leader in the supply of electronic gases, services and engineering solutions to the electronics business in China. Previously, Mr. Lau was Head of Global ESG Supply and Greater China Electronics in Taiwan from 2009 to 2010. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon Graduate School.
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.