Dr. Santrupt Misra

Chief Executive Officer, Birla Carbon and Director, Group Human Resources, Aditya Birla Management Corporation. Pvt., Ltd.
Dr. Santrupt Misra is a Director on the Aditya Birla Management Corporation Private Limited Board, the apex decision making body of the US $40 billion Aditya Birla Group. In addition, he is a Director on the Board of the Aditya Birla Science and Technology Co. Ltd., Alexandria Carbon Black Co. SAE, Thai Carbon Black Public Co. Ltd. and Alexandria Fiber Co. SAE, which are part of the Aditya Birla Group. He holds several key positions in many educational and professional bodies, and Chambers of Commerce and Business.

Under his leadership, within a span of two years, Birla Carbon emerged as the largest Carbon Black business globally from its earlier fourth position. As Director of Human Resources, he was instrumental in developing a strong employer brand for the Aditya Birla Group. The Group received several accolades including in 2007 the Best Employer in India and Great place for Leaders to Work. In 2011 the Aditya Birla Group was ranked Fourth Globally and First in Asia Pacific in the 'Top Companies for Leaders 2011', a study conducted by Aon Hewitt , Fortune Magazine and the RBL Group.

Dr. Misra has over 26 years of experience in Education, Training, Consulting, and Executive Development, and full-time professional work experience with the J.K. Group, the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and Unilever, India.

He is on the Global Advisory Board of the Association of Executive Search Consultants (AESC), is a Member of the Society of Fellows of the Aston Business School Society, and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the Committee on Accreditation and Psychological Testing (CAPT). He was conferred with the Fellowship of the National Academy of Human Resources (NAHR), USA. He was also appointed as Honorary Fellow of the Executive & Business Coaching Foundation India Limited (CFI), and was on the Board of the Worldwide ERC (Employee Relocation Council) from 2008 to 2010. He was the President of the National HRD network from 2002 to 2005.

Over the past decade Dr. Misra has many awards and fellowships bestowed on him. In 2014 he was awarded 'Global Leader of the Year' at the CEO India Awards. He holds two Post-Graduate degrees – one in Political Science and the other in Personnel Management and Industrial Relations. He also holds PhDs – in Public Administration from India and Industrial Relations from Aston Business School UK, respectively.

KEVIN BOYLE

Chief Operating Officer, Birla Carbon
Kevin Boyle is Chief Operating Officer, Birla Carbon based at the Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In his role, Mr. Boyle provides operational leadership globally for Birla Carbon.

Mr Boyle joined the Carbon Black Business in 2008 as President and CEO of Columbian Chemicals Co. He is a member of the board of Alexandria Carbon Black Company Co. SAE.

Prior to joining the Carbon Black Business, Mr Boyle was the President and CEO of OCI Chemical, a wholly owned subsidiary of DC Chemicals, Ltd. of South Korea.
Since the mid-nineties, Mr Boyle has held leadership roles in the Chemical Industry, including his appointment as President, Global Styrenics at Total in 2004, Vice President, Base Chemicals and Supply Chain at Petrofina in 2003 and Vice President of the Polyethylene division at Petrofina in 1998. He is also a member of the board of PeroxyChem, a private company held by One Equity Partners.

Mr. Boyle started his career as an Engineer with Petrofina. Over his 30 years of experience in the Chemical Industry, he has held positions of increasing responsibility within several functional areas including Manufacturing, Quality, Research and Development, Supply Chain and Sales.

Mr. Boyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.

SHYAM S RATHI

President, South Asia and Middle East
Shyam S Rathi is President, South Asia and Middle East and is based at the Company’s regional head office in Gummidipoondi, Chennai, India. Mr. Rathi provides leadership for Birla Carbon’s South Asia and Middle East operations.Mr. Rathi has been associated with the Carbon Black Business for a significant part of his 34 years of experience taking on positions of increasing responsibilities with the Business. He began his career with the Aditya Birla Group in 1982 as part of Grasim Industries Ltd. In 1991, he joined Hi-Tech Carbon, Renukoot, India as Vice President and subsequently took over the leadership position for Hi -Tech Carbon, India. He has been instrumental in the expansion activities of Hi-Tech Carbon at Gummidipoondi and Renukoot and driving the Greenfield project of the Hi-Tech Carbon unit at Patalganga, India.

Mr. Rathi is a Chartered Accountant by qualification from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India.

SANJEEV SOOD

President, South East Asia and Far East
Sanjeev Sood is President, South East Asia and Far East region at Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company’s regional head office in Bangkok, Thailand. In his role, Mr. Sood provides leadership for Birla Carbon’s South East & Far East Asia, which includes operations in Korea & China besides Thailand.

He is also the Director for Aditya Birla Chemicals in Thailand & the Country Head (Group affairs) for Aditya Birla Group in Thailand.

Mr. Sood joined the Carbon Black Business in 2006 as the Unit Head and Country Manager for China. He subsequently took over the leadership position in 2009 as the President and Director of Board at Thai Carbon Black Public Co. Ltd. He was COO overseas during 2010 and 2011 and then became Regional President for Far East and South East region from 2012 onwards.

He has over 34 years of experience in the Tire and Carbon Black Industry across companies such as Continental Tires, Good Year Tire and Rubber Co. & in countries such as India, China, Brazil, Korea, Thailand etc.

Mr. Sood holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering. His academic profile includes advanced programs in International Economics and Finance from the University of Tennessee, Manufacturing Strategy & Technology program from Penn State University, and an Advanced Leadership Program from the University of Virginia.

JOHN LOUDERMILK

President North America and Europe & Africa
John Loudermilk is President, North America, Europe and Africa, Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company headquarters in Marietta, Georgia, USA along with an office in Hannover, Germany. Mr. Loudermilk is responsible for Birla Carbon’s North America, Europe and Africa business.

Mr. Loudermilk joined the Carbon Black Business in 2005 as Director of Global Operations. In 2008 he was appointed Vice President of Global Operations with responsibility for global manufacturing facilities along with corporate engineering, quality, and six-sigma. He subsequently took responsibility for the North America business and has led the Technology and Strategy efforts for the Company during his tenure prior to his current role. Over his 25 years of experience in the chemical industry, he has held a variety of leadership positions within Monsanto and Solutia with responsibilities across Business Management, Manufacturing, Procurement, Sales and Supply Chain.

Mr. Loudermilk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

RONALDO DUARTE

President, South America
Ronaldo Duarte is President, South America and is based at the Company’s regional head office in Sao Paulo, Brazil. In his role, Mr. Duarte provides leadership for Birla Carbon’s South America operations.

Mr. Duarte has been associated with the Carbon Black Business for over 36 years. Prior to his current role, he held leadership positions across Sales and Marketing and Technical Services for both RCB and SBB, Supply Chain, Quality, and Safety, Health and Environment. He started his career with the Carbon Black business in Quality and Production control in Brazil.   

Mr. Duarte holds a Chemistry degree from CARMO University, a Bachelor degree in Chemical Engineering from Oswaldo Cruz University, and Post-Graduate degrees in Business Administration and Economy from FAAP University, and Global Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management, USA.

JAS SANDHU

Head, Specialty Blacks Business
Jas Sandhu is Head, Specialty Blacks Business at Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In this role, Mr. Sandhu provides leadership for Birla Carbon’s Specialty Blacks Business globally.

Mr. Sandhu joined the Carbon Black Business in 1991 at the manufacturing facility in Hamilton, Canada. He has held positions of significant responsibility including Sales Manager for Canada, Director of Asia, and Vice President of Global Marketing. He has over 30 years industrial experience also including positions held in Technology, Purchasing, Sales and Marketing across companies like Goodyear, GE, and Rohm and Haas. 

Mr. Sandhu holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, and has completed the Asia Pacific Executive MBA program from the National University of Singapore.

DALE CLARK

Chief Technology Officer
Dale Clark is Chief Technology Officer at Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company’s head office in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. In this role, Mr. Clark leads the Technology Function globally.

Mr. Clark joined the Carbon Black business in 2005 as the Unit Head of the Marshall Facility in West Virginia. In 2009, he assumed responsibility as the Director of Manufacturing for the Specialty Blacks Business.

Mr. Clark subsequently assumed a senior leadership position in the Process Technology Group, which includes Development, Manufacturing, Technical Services and Engineering. In 2014, he was appointed Chief Technology Officer.

Mr. Clark has over 29 years of experience in the Carbon Black Manufacturing and Technology Industry. Prior to joining Birla Carbon, he held a variety of senior management positions at Cabot Corporation.

Mr. Clark holds a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.

JOSEPH M GAYNOR Jr

Chief Legal, Risk & Sustainability Officer
Joseph Gaynor Jr, is Chief Legal, Risk Management, & Sustainability Officer at Birla Carbon. Additionally, he holds oversight responsibility for Health, Safety & Environment (HS&E), Communications and Corporate Compliance. Mr Gaynor is based at the Company headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Mr. Gaynor joined the Carbon Black Business in 2010. His experience encompasses over 30 years of Legal, Safety, Health and Environmental experience in the chemical and pharmaceutical industries across Manufacturing, Mergers and Acquisitions, International Legal Operations, Litigation, Regulatory Compliance, Labor and Employment Matters, and SEC Reporting Management. Prior to joining the Carbon Black Business, Mr. Gaynor was the Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and the Secretary for Salutria Pharmaceuticals, LLC. He also held positions of increasing responsibility with AtheroGenics, Inc. and UCB Inc.

Mr. Gaynor earned his Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business degree with a double major in Accounting and Finance from Miami University in Ohio. He is a member of the American and Georgia Bar Associations and an active member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.

Timothy Fedrigon

Chief Human Resource Officer
Timothy Fedrigon is Chief Human Resource Officer, Birla Carbon based at the head office in Atlanta, Georgia, USA. He is responsible for steering the global human resources strategy and driving implementation of the human resources initiatives for Birla Carbon globally.

Mr. Fedrigon joined the Carbon Black Business in 2007, and has over 32 years of human resources experience.  His background includes significant leadership experience in Compensation and Benefits, Organization Development, Labor Relations, Training and Development, and Talent Management.  Prior to joining Birla Carbon, Mr. Fedrigon was Vice President, Human Resources at FKI Logistics for their North American operations. He was also associated with Cabot Corporation’s human resources team for 13 years.

Mr. Fedrigon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Eastern Illinois University, USA.

SURENDRA GOYAL

Chief Financial Officer
Surendra Goyal is Chief Financial Officer at Birla Carbon. He is based at the Company's head office in Mumbai, India. In this position, Mr. Goyal provides financial leadership for Birla Carbon globally. He also leads business development and growth project for the business.

Mr. Goyal joined the Carbon Black business in 2006 and led the commercial function for Alexandria Carbon Black Co. SAE, Egypt. He was also responsible for Business Development, Europe and North America regions for the business. In 2009, he was promoted as the Chief Financial Officer for the Global business.

Prior to his current role, Mr Goyal has been associated with the Aditya Birla Group for over 20 years, holding positions of increasing responsibility in the commercial function of the cement business.

Mr Goyal is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants, India. He is recipient of CFO award under "Best deal in M&A category" in 2012 by CNBC TV 18.