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Group Chief Sustainability Officer and VP Strategy Lhoist North America
Axel Ampolini has been appointed Group Chief Sustainability Officer and VP Strategy for Lhoist North America in 2020.
Axel started his career in the US as a plant manager for Zapp Precision Wire. He joined Bekaert in 2003 where he held several managing positions both in North America and South-East Asia before being appointed Senior Vice-President of the Industrial Steel Wire business, managing the global strategic industrial products business platform. He joined Lhoist in April 2018.
Axel has a Master of mechanical engineering from the University of Pittsburg and an executive MBA from the Singapore Management University.
VICE PRESIDENT AND GENERAL MANAGER TEXAS
Valentine Berghmans is the Associate Vice President and General Manager of the Texas Region. She joined the Group in January 2012 as Market Manager FGT & Glass for the Benelux and was appointed Associate Director of Lhoist Europe in June 2013.
Valentine started her career as Private Banking Manager at Banesto (Subsidiary of Santander Group) in Madrid (Spain). Before joining the Group, she also works for Talent Management, SHV in Utrecht (The Netherlands).
Valentine Berghmans holds a BA in Business Administration from the Vesalius College, Brussels (Belgium) and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau (France) & Singapore.
Vice President and General Manager West Region
Ameet Bodhankar joined Lhoist in 2011 as Assistant Plant Manager at the Clifton Plant in Texas. He then worked at the Natividad Plant in California as Plant Manager. Before assuming the role of the VPGM for West Region, Ameet was the General Manager (Operations and Sales) for Natividad and Stockton.
Ameet originates from India where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering. He has a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from Texas A & M and an MBA from University of Massachusetts. He has worked for two years with Unilever in India and ten years at Ecolab in the US.
Vice President, Human Resources - Lhoist North America
Dan Brock was appointed Vice President, Human Resources of Lhoist North America in 2013. Prior to joining Lhoist North America, Dan served as Vice President of Human Resources for Chaparral Steel Company and Area Human Resources Director at Parker Aerospace.
Dan holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from University of Texas at Dallas and Masters of Human Resources Management from the University of Texas at Arlington (US).
Vice President and General Counsel - Lhoist North America
Ken Curtiss joined the company in 2000 as Vice President and General Counsel. In 2015, Ken’s responsibilities were expanded to include oversight of Lhoist North America’s finance, accounting and purchasing functions.
In 1987, Ken began his career in the private practice of law with the firm of Thompson & Knight, LLP. From 1993 to 2000, Ken served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel of State National Companies, a property and casualty insurer.
Ken holds a BBA -Accounting and JD degrees from the University of Texas, Austin (US) and is a licensed attorney and Certified Public Accountant in the State of Texas (US).
Vice President & General Manager East Lime
Roger Fawcett joined Lhoist UK in 1987, and is now Vice President & General Manager East Lime for Lhoist North America.
His career began in sales with various roles and geographies in the UK between 1987 and 1996. In 1996 he took a dual role in sales and operations based in northern England and in 2000, Roger assumed responsibility for the UK operations based in central England. In 2004, he transferred to the United States and worked on special projects based in Fort Worth, Texas. Between 2006 and 2014, Roger held several key operational roles in the US based in Idaho and Arizona.
Roger Fawcett studied Management at the University of Portsmouth (UK).
Vice President, Commercial Operations - Lhoist North America
Mark Milner is currently Vice President, Commercial Operations for Lhoist North America.
He started his career with Lhoist North America (formerly Chemical Lime) in 1990 after college graduation. Mark has held various roles in all 4 regions of LNA over the years including Vice President, Operations and Vice President, Sales. During his career with Lhoist, he had a 2 year assignment at Group Headquarters in Limelette.
Mark has a BBA in Finance from the University of Texas, Austin (US).
Vice President and General Manager, East Region Minerals
David Puryear was named Vice President and General Manager, East Region Minerals for Lhoist North America in 2014.
Prior to that, he served as Vice President, Sales for Franklin Industrial Minerals and then Vice President, Sales for the East region of Lhoist North America from 2007 through 2013.
After graduation from the University of Tennessee, with a Bachelor Degree in History, David served as a commissioned line officer in the United States Navy specializing in marine propulsion and engineering. Afterward he served four years with National Recovery Technologies (NRT), a materials processing technology company, as National Sales Manager prior to joining Franklin Industrial Minerals as Vice President in 1993. Franklin was later acquired by Lhoist in 2006.
Vice President Technical Manufacturing - Lhoist North America
John Yockey was appointed Vice President,Technical Manufacturing of Lhoist North America in 2019.
Prior to joining Lhoist, John served as VP of Operations for North and South America for Omya and Director of Engineering for the Gypsum Division for Lafarge North America.
John has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and an MBA from the University of Baltimore.