Harsco Corporation is led by a strong and dedicated Board of Directors and senior management team. Their broad executive leadership experience exemplifies Harsco’s global outlook and commitment to diversified activities.

Board of Directors

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F. Nicholas Grasberger was elected to the Board in 2014 following his appointment as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. He was named Chairman of the Board in October 2018. Mr. Grasberger joined Harsco in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer and has held progressively responsible financial and operations executive positions throughout his career. Prior to joining Harsco, Mr. Grasberger served as the Managing Director of the multinational Precision Polymers Division of Fenner Plc. Before joining Fenner, he served as the Chief Financial Officer of Armstrong Holdings, Inc., the parent company of Armstrong World Industries, and later as CEO of Armstrong’s Building Products division.



David C. Everitt currently serves as Independent Lead Director. He was named Non-Executive Chairman in August 2014, a role he held until October 2018. Mr. Everitt also served as Interim President and CEO during the period February - July 2014. He is the retired co-leader of Deere & Company’s Agriculture and Turf Division, that company’s largest operating group. During his 37-year career with Deere & Company, he served as President - North America, Asia, Australia, Sub-Saharan and South Africa, and Global Tractor & Turf Products. Mr. Everitt also serves on the Board of Directors for Nutrien Ltd., Allison Transmission and Brunswick Corp. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the National Business Aviation Association.



James F. Earl is the  retired Executive Vice President of Chicago-based GATX Corporation and President – GATX Rail International. He has served as an executive with GATX since 1988 and before that held management positions with two railroad companies, Soo Line Railroad and Southern Pacific Transportation Company. He is a past recipient of the Norman W. Seip Award for Industry Excellence in the rail finance industry. Mr. Earl is Chair of the Management Development & Compensation Committee and serves on the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.



Kathy G. Eddy is a Certified Public Accountant and a founding partner of McDonough, Eddy, Parsons & Baylous, AC, a Parkersburg, West Virginia-based public accounting and financial services corporation. She served as Chairman of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Board of Directors from 2000 to 2001 and has served on the AICPA's governing council and numerous committees. Ms. Eddy is Chair of the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Committee.



Carolann I. Haznedar was appointed as a Director of Harsco Corporation in October 2018. Ms. Haznedar held various positions with E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1981 until June 2016. Most recently she served as Senior Vice President, Americas, DuPont Performance Materials from September 2015 until June 2016, Senior Vice President, Americas, Packaging & Industrial Polymers from October 2011 until September 2015, and Senior Vice President, Global Packaging & Industrial Polymers from July 2008 until October 2011. Prior to E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Ms. Haznedar worked for EDO Aire Corporation. Ms. Haznedar is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.



Mario Longhi is the retired President and Chief Executive Officer of United States Steel Corporation (U.S. Steel), an integrated producer and manufacturer of flat-rolled sheet and tubular steel products for a wide range of industries. Prior to his tenure with U.S. Steel, Mr. Longhi served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerdau Ameristeel Corporation, and as Vice President and Group President, Global Extrusions at Alcoa, where he held increasingly responsible roles over a 20 year period. During his career, he has gained experience with global steel, industrial, mining, automotive, transportation, aerospace, and energy markets. He has previously been named Steelmaker of the Year by the Association for Iron and Steel Technology, and CEO of the Year at the Platts Global Metals Awards. Mr. Longhi is a member of the Management Development & Compensation Committee and the Audit Committee.



Edgar Purvis is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Emerson Electric Co., a manufactured products and engineering services provider for a wide range of commercial, industrial, and consumer markets. Mr. Purvis was named Emerson’s EVP/COO in January 2015 – a role he held until his retirement in December 2017— after serving seven years as its Executive Vice President responsible for Climate Technologies. Prior to his appointment as EVP of Emerson Climate Technologies, Mr. Purvis held various leadership roles within the Climate business group. He began his career in 1983 as a product planner with Copeland Corporation, which was acquired by Emerson in 1986. Mr. Purvis serves on the Management Development & Compensation Committee and the Nominating & Corporate Governance Committee.


Phillip C. Widman is the retired Senior Vice President and CFO of Terex, a global manufacturer of customer-driven solutions for a wide range of commercial applications including construction, infrastructure, quarrying, mining, manufacturing, transportation, energy and utility services.  Prior to that, Mr. Widman served as Executive Vice President and CFO of Philip Services Corporation, an integrated environmental and industrial services corporation.  Mr. Widman also serves as a director of Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. and of Vectrus, Inc. Mr. Widman serves as Chair of the Audit Committee and also serves on the Management Development & Compensation Committee.



Company Leadership

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F. Nicholas Grasberger serves as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, to which he was appointed in August 2014.  Before that, he served as Senior Vice president and Chief Financial Officer from April 2013 to November 2014, and President and Chief Operating Officer from April 2014 to August 2014.  Mr. Grasberger joined Harsco in 2013 from Fenner Plc, where he served three years as the Managing Director of their multinational Precision Polymers Division.  Prior to Fenner, Mr. Grasberger served in increasingly responsible roles at Armstrong World Industries, first as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer and later as Executive Vice President, where he concurrently served as President of Armstrong's Building Products division.  He has also held positions as VP and Chief Financial Officer for Kennametal, Inc. and as Corporate Treasurer and director of the corporate planning process at H. J. Heinz Company.  He started his career with USX Corporation.  Mr. Grasberger holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh.



Peter F. Minan serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.  He has an extensive background in global financial management acquired through a nearly 30-year career with KPMG from 1983 to 2012.  He became a partner at KPMG in 1993 and served as global lead partner for several multi-national Fortune 500 industrial and consumer audits.  His roles included National Managing Partner, U.S. Audit practice, and Partner in Charge, Washington/Baltimore Audit practice.  His most recent role was with Computer Sciences Corporation, where he served as Vice President of Enterprise Risk Management and Internal Audit.  Mr. Minan has a degree in commerce from the University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce and is a Certified Public Accountant.



Russell Hochman serves as Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Chief Compliance Officer and Corporate Secretary.  Prior to joining Harsco in 2013, he served in senior legal roles with Pitney Bowes Inc. and leading law firms based in New York.  He holds a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and a B.A. from Cornell University.



Tracey McKenzie serves as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Prior to joining Harsco in September 2014, Ms. McKenzie served as Global HR Vice President for JLG Industries, a leader in the manufacturing sector for advanced aerial lift systems.  While at JLG, she initiated and implemented global processes and procedures to foster employee engagement and development, while also advancing the company's objectives for Lean operational efficiency and continuous process improvement.  Ms. McKenzie previously held executive level HR positions in her native Australia, and worked at Pacific Scientific Aerospace (a division of Danaher).  She moved to the US in 2003, and holds an MBA from University of New England and a bachelor's in business administration from Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology.



Russ Mitchell serves as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Harsco Metals & Minerals segment, with oversight for M&M’s global operations. Before joining Harsco in 2018, Mr. Mitchell spent over two decades with Armstrong World Industries, where he served in progressively responsible roles before being named Senior Vice President of Global Technology in 2012. Mr. Mitchell holds a BS from Virginia Tech and an MBA from University of Alabama.



Scott H. Gerson serves as Senior Vice President and Group President of the Harsco Industrial group. Mr. Gerson joined Harsco in 2005 as Chief Information Officer and was appointed to his current position in 2010. Mr. Gerson previously was with Kulicke & Soffa Industries, Inc., a manufacturer of semiconductor assembly and test equipment, where he served as IT director of their worldwide application services. He has also served in IT management capacities with Compaq Computers and TRW Inc.



Jeswant Gill serves as Senior Vice President and group president of Harsco Rail. Mr. Gill joined Harsco in November 2016, bringing nearly three decades of global leadership experience in multinational technology and manufacturing firms, most recently as Executive Vice President of Kennametal’s Industrial Segment. Prior to that he held international executive positions with Ingersoll Rand, Invensys, and Johnson Controls. He began his career with Schlumberger. Mr. Gill holds a BS in engineering physics and an MBA, both from Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada.



Matt James serves as Vice President for Strategy and Business Development for Harsco’s Metals & Minerals division, where he oversees key growth and transformational initiatives for the business. Before joining Harsco, Dr. James held senior-level positions with Materia Consultancy Limited, McKinsey & Company, Lynas Corporation, and Rutila Resources Ltd. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and a Ph.D. in Material Science and Engineering from Queens’ College, University of Cambridge. He also is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.



Jay Cooney serves as Vice President of Global Communications. Mr. Cooney has an extensive background in corporate and product communications, having served in multiple global leadership roles across the General Motors enterprise, The Ford Motor Company and, most recently, as Vice President of Corporate Communications at PepsiCo. He holds an M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from Northwestern University and a J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law.



Cope Willis is Harsco’s Vice President of Sustainability and Environmental Solutions. In this role, Cope is responsible for driving transformational change through our environmental and corporate sustainability platforms. Cope joined Harsco in 2019 from PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he served as Director of Sustainability Services. Over his career, he has worked with many Fortune 500 companies across multiple industries, helping them design and execute sustainability programs to reduce costs, mitigate risks, and drive revenue growth. Cope holds a BA in Environmental Science from the University of Virginia, and a PhD in Earth Science from the University of California – Santa Cruz.