With Herak’s promotion to HEM President, David Riley has been named Vice President & General Manager of HEM’s Silica business.
Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corporation, announces the retirement of Andy Trott as President. Chuck Herak has been selected to succeed Trott as the next President of HEM, effective Jan. 1, 2015. Herak is currently Vice President & General Manager of HEM’s Silica business. Prior to joining Huber in 2009, Herak was with Hercules (now Ashland) in positions of increasing responsibility including the role of General Manager – Coatings Additives.
“We will greatly miss Andy and his terrific leadership impact on Huber, as he’s been a tremendous asset,” says Mike Marberry, Huber’s CEO. “After learning of Andy’s plans to retire, he and I worked closely on developing a succession plan for HEM and shared a common ambition of filling positions that would open as a result of his retirement from within, drawing from our successful leadership development programs across the Company. Under Chuck’s leadership, Huber’s global Silica business has been a very strong performer that’s shown substantial profit improvements and we’re looking forward to have him now lead the HEM business.”
With Herak’s promotion to HEM President, David Riley has been named Vice President & General Manager of HEM’s Silica business. Previously, Riley held the position of Vice President & General Manager of HEM’s Ground Calcium Carbonate (GCC) business. Riley held this role for four years and also worked in the Silica business as Director of Global Marketing from 2008 to 2010.
Huber has selected Matt O’Brien for the position of Vice President & General Manager of the GCC business. For the last nine years, O’Brien has been a key member of Huber Engineered Woods LLC, serving as Chief Financial Officer and most recently as Chief Commercial Officer with responsibility for Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain. O’Brien joined Huber in 2002 as Vice President of Corporate Strategy.
“We’re extremely pleased we were able draw upon the outstanding leadership talent we currently have in the Huber organization to position us for the future,” says Marberry. “We knew a challenging aspect of the promoting from within philosophy is that it can create a domino effect across the organization. Fortunately, we’re able to draw upon an outstanding pool of leaders who position us for continued growth."