Board of Directors
Board of Directors
Michael F. Barry joined the Company in 1998. Mr. Barry was elected as Chairman of the Board in May 2009, in addition to his current position as Chief Executive Officer and President which he has held since October 2008. He first became a member of the Board in October 2008. Prior to this position, he was the Company’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director – North America, beginning in January 2006. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the steel and metalworking/coatings businesses throughout North America, including two subsidiaries, AC Products, Inc. and Epmar Corporation. Mr. Barry was named Senior Vice President and Global Industry Leader – Metalworking and Coatings in July 2005 with responsibility for the Company’s global metalworking and coatings businesses through December 2005. From January 2004 through June 2005, he held the position of Vice President and Global Industry Leader – Industrial Metalworking and Coatings and, from 1998 through August 2004, he held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Barry joined the Company from Lyondell (formerly Arco Chemical) where he was Business Director for its Americas urethanes business and also held various finance and line management positions. In addition to graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, he earned a Master's Degree with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Barry also serves as a Director of Livent Corporation, a leading, global, fully integrated lithium company serving a diverse group of markets. In addition, Mr. Barry is on the Board of Trustees of The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest and most respected science museums in the country located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He is also on the Board of Trustees of Drexel University, a comprehensive global research university with a unique model of experiential learning that combines academic rigor with one of the nation’s premier cooperative education programs.