Peter Thomas has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company's Board since April 2013. He was appointed to the additional role of Board Chairman in April 2014.
Mr. Thomas had been Operating Vice President of Ferro's Polymer and Ceramic Engineered Materials Group, which includes its Polymer Additives, Specialty Plastics, Tile Coatings, Porcelain Enamel, and Pharmaceuticals businesses. He began his career with Ferro in 2000 as Director of Sales for Polymer Additives. He has held increasingly responsible positions, including Commercial Director for Performance and Fine Chemicals, then Operating Vice President for the Company’s Organic Specialties businesses..
Prior to joining Ferro, Mr. Thomas was Vice President of the Oleochemical-Derivatives business unit for Witco Corporation. He also held positions as Vice President of Sales and Global Market Director. Before joining Witco, he was Executive Vice President for Inland Leidy Chemical Distribution, Business Manager for GAF Corporation, and prior to that with Noxell Corporation.
Mr. Thomas earned his Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is Ferro's executive contact for the American Chemistry Council.
Mr. Lorber is a Co-Founder of FrontFour Capital Group LLC, an investment adviser, and has served as a Portfolio Manager since January 2007. He is also a Co-Founder and Principal of FrontFour Capital Corp., an investment adviser. Previously, Mr. Lorber was a Senior Investment Analyst at Pirate Capital LLC, a hedge fund, from 2003 to 2006. He was an Analyst at Vantis Capital Management LLC, a money management firm and hedge fund, from 2001 to 2003 and an Associate at Cushman & Wakefield, Inc., a global real estate firm, from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Lorber formerly served as a director of Aerojet Rocketdyne Holdings, Inc. (formerly, GenCorp Inc.), a technology-based manufacturer of aerospace and defense products and systems with a real estate segment. Mr. Lorber also formerly served as a director of Huntingdon Capital Corp., a real estate company, and Fisher Communications Inc., a media company acquired by Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. in August 2013.
Mr. Spizzo has been a business and management consultant focused on the chemicals, materials, biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries, since November 2008, and he also serves as an investment adviser and asset management trustee. He served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hercules Incorporated (“Hercules”), a former S&P 500 specialty chemicals company, from March 2004 until the company was sold to Ashland Inc. in November 2008. He served as Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Strategic Planning and Corporate Development of Hercules from July 2002 to March 2004. He served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Strategic Planning of Hercules from 2000 to July 2002. Prior to that, he served in other capacities with Hercules since 1979.
Mr. Spizzo currently serves on the board of directors for Global Specimen Solutions, Inc., a privately held informatics company serving the pharmaceutical and biotech industries headquartered in Raleigh, North Carolina. He recently served on the board of directors of OM Group, Incorporated until its sale in 2015.
Ms. Ogilvie has served as an Advisor to the Creditors’ Committee for Lehman Brothers International (Europe) Administration since 2008. She was a member of Ramius, LLC, an alternative investment management firm, where she served in various capacities from 1994 to 2009 before the firm’s merger with Cowen Group, including as Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel. Following the merger, Ms. Ogilvie served as Chief of Staff at Cowen Group, Inc. until 2010.
Ms. Ogilvie has served since 2015 as a director of Four Corners Property Trust, Inc., a real estate investment trust, and LSB Industries, Inc., a chemical manufacturing company, and since December 2017 as a director for Evolution Petroleum Corporation, a U.S. petroleum producer.