About Us: Leadership
Jeffry N. Quinn
President and Chief Executive OfficerREAD MORE
Jeffry N. Quinn was named President and Chief Executive Officer on December 1, 2017, bringing 35 years of experience in the mining, manufacturing and chemicals industries. His proven ability to successfully lead public companies through high-profile and heavily regulated challenges in rapidly changing global markets, in addition to his service as a public company director, will benefit the future of Tronox.
He has served on the Board of Directors since February 2011.
From 2012 until assuming his current role, Mr. Quinn was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quinpario Partners LLC, a private investment firm. During that time, in addition to making minority investments across the industrial sector, Quinpario Partners was the sponsor of two special purpose acquisition corporations, QPAC1 and QPAC2, which collectively raised more than $500 million and successfully completed two business combinations. QPAC1 completed its business combination in July 2014, becoming Jason Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: JASN). Mr. Quinn continues to serve as Chairman of the Board and served as the interim Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. QPAC2 completed its business combination in July 2017, becoming Exela Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: XELA).
Prior to forming Quinpario Partners, Mr. Quinn was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Solutia Inc. (formerly NYSE: SOA), a global specialty chemical and performance materials company. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Quinn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Solutia and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2012, when Solutia was sold to Eastman Chemical. Mr. Quinn joined Solutia in 2003, as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel.
Before joining Solutia, Mr. Quinn was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary and General Counsel for Premcor Inc. (formerly NYSE: PCO), which at the time was one of the nation’s largest independent refiners. Mr. Quinn also served as Senior Vice President – Law & Human Resources, Secretary and General Counsel for Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI).
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Tronox and Jason, Mr. Quinn serves as a member of the Board of Directors of W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), a global supplier of catalysts, engineered and packaging materials, and specialty chemicals, and formerly served on the boards of Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE), a global supplier of technology-based performance materials and chemicals; SunEdison, Inc. (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.); and Tecumseh Products Company.
Mr. Quinn received a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky.
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating OfficerREAD MORE
Mr. Turgeon joined Tronox on January 1, 2014. He oversees the combined company’s mineral sands and pigment and electrolytic business operations. Mr. Turgeon brings decades of experience in leadership positions in the global titanium dioxide business. He joined Tronox from the Rio Tinto Group, where he served for more than 24 years, most recently in London as managing director of its $3 billion iron and titanium division. In that role, he had oversight of international TiO2 operations in Canada, South Africa, and Madagascar, and regional sales offices in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia-Pacific. Previously, he held several executive, mining operations, and chemical research engineering positions in Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide business unit. Mr. Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Université Laval and a master’s degree in hydrometallurgy from McGill University.
Timothy C. Carlson
SVP, Chief Financial OfficerREAD MORE
Mr. Carlson joined Tronox in October 2016. He leads the company’s global finance group, including treasury, financial planning, accounting, controller, risk management and compliance & audit. Mr. Carlson previously served as the chief financial officer of a private equity-owned business where he led EBITDA improvement activities, improved internal controls, and standardized the company’s financial reporting and operating metrics. From September 2007 to May 2014, he was chief financial officer, and treasurer of ATMI, Inc., a publicly traded global supplier of semiconductor materials and materials packaging and delivery systems used in the manufacturing of microelectronics devices. Earlier in his career, Mr. Carlson held a series of global finance, strategic planning, and auditing roles at various divisions of Campbell Soup Company. Mr. Carlson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business and is a licensed certified public accountant.
John D. Romano
SVP and Chief Commercial OfficerREAD MORE
Mr. Romano was appointed to his current position in October 2014. Before that, he served as senior vice president and president, of the company’s Pigment and Electrolytic operations. He was also the executive vice president of Tronox Incorporated. Mr. Romano was an executive officer of Tronox Incorporated during its bankruptcy proceedings, from which it emerged in 2011. He has held a variety of senior sales and marketing leadership positions at Tronox and its predecessor companies dating back to the 1990s. Mr. Romano holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Oklahoma State University.
SVP, General Counsel and Corporate SecretaryREAD MORE
Mr. Neuman joined Tronox April 4, 2018. His most recent prior experience includes serving as vice president, corporate secretary and deputy general counsel of Honeywell International Inc. In that capacity, he oversaw many aspects of Honeywell’s corporate law department, including corporate governance, SEC and NYSE compliance, shareholder relations, corporate transactions, including mergers and acquisitions, treasury operations, and company-wide intellectual property and trademark functions. Mr. Neuman joined Honeywell in 2002, and during his time there held various roles of increasing responsibility. Earlier in his career, he worked as an M&A attorney with the New York law firm of Davis Polk & Wardwell. Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Neuman was an investment banker at Merrill Lynch. Mr. Neuman earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Wesleyan University, a Master of Arts in regional studies of East Asia from Harvard University and a Juris Doctorate from Northwestern University School of Law.
Willem Van Niekerk, Ph.D
SVP, StrategyREAD MORE
Dr. Willem Van Niekerk has served in his current leadership role since the integration of Tronox and Exxaro Mineral Sands in June 2012. A 33-year veteran of Exxaro, Dr. Van Niekerk brings to Tronox more than 20 years of experience in research and development, operations and business development in the mineral sands industry, including the design of the slag furnaces at the KZN Sands site in South Africa. From 2006 to 2008, he co-managed the Tronox-Exxaro Tiwest joint venture in Australia, providing him with a deep understanding of the strategic benefits of a vertically integrated titanium dioxide operation. Dr. Van Niekerk has a PhD in pryometallurgy from the University of Pretoria.
SVP, Organizational Effectiveness and Chief of StaffREAD MORE
Mr. Mancini joined Tronox in April 2012. He oversees the integration of Tronox’s global business across five continents. His experience includes a successful track record of corporate reorganizations and M&A transactions. He has previously served as chief operating officer of PICS Telecom, CFO of Current Group, a clean energy technology company, and CFO of One Communications. He was also CEO of ECI Conference Services, CEO and board chairman of Global Name Registry and general manager of GlobalCenter Europe. Mr. Mancini ran sales and marketing for Global Crossing Europe, M&A for Frontier Communications, and held positions in the Financial Advisory Services Group at Coopers & Lybrand and at SunTrust Banks. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Florida State University and an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business.
SVP, Investor RelationsREAD MORE
Mr. Arndt has more than 25 years of experience in the chemicals and basic materials industry that includes leadership positions in investor relations, acquisitions and new ventures, business area management, sales and marketing, corporate communications and strategic planning. Prior to joining Tronox in May 2012, he was director, Investor Relations for FMC Corporation, a $3.5 billion diversified chemicals manufacturer and Director, Investor and Corporate Relations for GMP Companies, an emerging growth medical technology company. Mr. Arndt began his career at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc., a $10 billion industrial gases and chemicals company, where he served for 19 years in a range of technology, commercial and financial management positions. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering, and an MBA from Lehigh University.
Senior Vice President, Business DevelopmentREAD MORE
Mr. Srivisal joined Tronox in March 2018 to lead the company’s merger, acquisition, divestiture and joint venture transactions. Mr. Srivisal brings 20 years of transaction experience that includes acting as a principal, as well as advising companies, creditors, financial sponsors and government entities in a variety of industries on recapitalizations, restructurings, financings, leveraged buyouts, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures. Mr. Srivisal previously served as CEO of Quinpario Acquisition Corp. 2, and he was a partner in Quinpario Partners, LLC. Additional professional experience includes service as an executive at Solutia Inc., where he was responsible for transaction execution. Prior to joining Solutia, Mr. Srivisal was an investment banker at Rothschild Inc., and Peter J. Solomon Company. Mr. Srivisal graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in economics (concentration in finance) and a minor in mathematics from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Vice President, TreasurerREAD MORE
Mr. Prosapio joined Tronox in May 2017. He is responsible for cash management, capital markets, insurance and credit, and collections. Prior to joining Tronox, Mr. Prosapio was global treasurer at Capsugel, Inc., a $1 billion KKR portfolio company. He has more than 20 years of domestic and international treasury, finance and accounting experience. Mr. Prosapio holds an MBA in Finance from Iona College.
Vice President, ControllerREAD MORE
Mr. Loughran joined Tronox in April 2018. He has extensive experience in SEC reporting, technical accounting, internal controls, planning, forecasting and M&A.
Throughout his career, Mr. Loughran has held various leadership roles in the finance departments of Deloitte & Touche, Praxair, Applera, Gartner, and most recently, Avon Products. During his nearly 14 years at Avon, Mr. Loughran served as assistant controller, controller, interim chief financial officer, and group vice president, chief accounting officer. He brings technical expertise and a proven track record of successful business transformations.
Melissa H. Zona
VP, Corporate Communications and Public RelationsREAD MORE
Mrs. Zona joined Tronox in January 2018, bringing 20 years of communications and public relations experience, primarily in the chemicals and manufacturing industries. Mrs. Zona spent the majority of her career with Solutia, Inc., a specialty chemicals company that was acquired by Eastman Chemical in 2012. During her time at Solutia, she led the evolution of the corporation’s global voice, ensuring communications were engaging, informative and valued by employees and company influencers. Mrs. Zona holds a Bachelor of Science degree in criminal justice from Jacksonville State University.
VP, StrategyREAD MORE
Mr. Keegel joined Tronox in October 2012. He began his career in the Tronox pigment facility in Botlek, the Netherlands. Mr. Keegel held various engineering and production management roles at Tronox Botlek and Tiwest pigment plant in Australia, a joint venture of Tronox and Exxaro Mineral Sands. From 2007 to 2013, he served as a senior consultant for TZMI, an independent consulting company that advises global clients in the mineral, metal, and chemical sectors. Mr. Keegel holds a Master of Science degree in raw material engineering from Technische Universiteit Delft.
Todd M. Putnam
Chief Information OfficerREAD MORE
Mr. Putnam joined the company as CIO in February 2017. He is responsible for leading the company’s global IT organization. For more than 30 years, Mr. Putnam has leveraged improved business processes coupled with emerging information technologies to transform organizations. Prior to joining Tronox, he served in a consulting capacity to SiriusXM Radio, where he provided executive guidance on strategic planning and portfolio management. His previous experience includes CIO or senior IT executive leadership at One Communications in Rochester, New York; Pac-West Telecomm in Stockton, California; and Global Crossing, Ltd. He holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Duke University and an MBA, with specialization in telecommunications and finance, from the University of Colorado.