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Ferro Corporation is a leading global supplier of technology-based functional coatings and color solutions.
Peter T. Thomas
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

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.

Gregory E. Hyland
(Director since 2009) Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Mueller Water Products, Inc., Age 66
Gregory Hyland
Mr. Hyland currently serves as Executive Chairman of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a leading manufacturer and marketer of products and services used in the transmission, distribution and measurement of water in North America. Prior to assuming his current position in January 2017, Mr. Hyland served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a position he assumed in December 2006 when Walter Industries, Inc. divested that business to its shareholders. From September 2005 until December 2006, Mr. Hyland served as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Walter Industries, Inc. Prior to that time, Mr. Hyland served as President, U.S. Fleet Management Solutions of Ryder System, Inc. from June 2005 to September 2005 and as Executive Vice President, U.S. Fleet Management Solutions of Ryder from October 2004 to June 2005. Mr. Hyland also has held executive positions with Tyco International and Textron Corporation.
David A. Lorber
(Lead Director since 2018 and Director since 2013) Co-Founder of FrontFour Capital Group LLC, Age 38
David Lorber

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.

Andrew M. Ross
(Director since 2016) Former President of the Pigments and Additives business, Rockwood Holdings, Inc., Age 55
Andrew Ross
Mr. Ross is the former President of the Pigments and Additives business of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. (“Rockwood”), a performance additives and titanium dioxide business that was sold to Huntsman Pigments in October 2014. Prior to that position he served in various management roles and led a number of initiatives at Rockwood that significantly increased sales and profitability of its color pigments business, including several multi-national acquisitions, acquisition integrations, and operational efficiency optimization projects. Mr. Ross’ career has included senior leadership roles in family-owned, private equity-sponsored and publicly owned companies.
Allen A. Spizzo
(Director since 2016) Business Consultant and Former Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Hercules Incorporated, Age 59
Allen Spizzo

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.

Marran Ogilvie
(Director since 2017), Age 49
Marran Ogilvie

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.

Ronald P. Vargo
(Director since 2009) Retired Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, ICF International, Age 62
Ronald Vargo
Mr. Vargo served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ICF International, a leading provider of consulting services and technology solutions to government and commercial clients, from April 2010 until May 2011. Prior to joining ICF International, Mr. Vargo served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Electronic Data Systems (“EDS”) and served as a member of the EDS Executive Committee. Mr. Vargo joined EDS in 2004 as Vice President and Treasurer and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in 2006. Before joining EDS, Mr. Vargo served as Corporate Treasurer and Vice President of Investor Relations at TRW Inc., now part of Northrop Grumman, until 2003. He began his career with General Electric in 1976 and also served in numerous leadership positions at BP plc (“BP”) and the Standard Oil Company, which was acquired by BP. Mr. Vargo also serves as a director of EPAM Systems, Inc., a global IT services provider.