Jonathan W. Painter
Chairman of the Board and a Director of Kadant Inc.
Mr. Painter is Chairman of the Board and a Director of Kadant Inc. (NYSE: KAI)., a leading global supplier of high value components and engineered systems used in process industries, including the pulp and paper industry. Mr. Painter was named Chief Executive Officer and a Director of Kadant in January 2010 after being named President in September 2009; he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until 2019. Prior to becoming President, Mr. Painter served as an Executive Vice President from 1997 to September 2009, with supervisory responsibility for Kadant’s stock-preparation and fiber-based products businesses from March 2007 to September 2009. He also served as the President of Kadant’s composites building products business from 2001 until its sale in 2005. Mr. Painter joined Kadant’s predecessor, Thermo Fibertek Inc. in 1994. Mr. Painter received his B.A. in political science from Kenyon College and his J.D. from Boston College Law School.
James J. Barber, Ph.D.
Principal, Barber Advisors, LLC
James J. Barber, Ph.D., has been an independent consultant and the principal of Barber Advisors, LLC, a consulting business advising firms and non-profits in the areas of strategy, management, marketing, and operations, since September 2007. From January 2000 to May 2007, Dr. Barber was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Metabolix, Inc. (NASDAQ:MBLX), a bioscience company focused on plastics, chemicals and energy. He was responsible for transforming Metabolix from a research boutique into a leader in "clean tech" and industrial biotechnology.
Prior to joining Metabolix, Dr. Barber served as Global Business Director for the Organometallics and Catalysts business of Albemarle Corporation (NYSE:ALB), a specialty chemicals company. Prior to his tenure at Albemarle, Dr. Barber was Director of Business Development at Ethyl Corporation, a fuel additives and specialty chemicals company. He also previously served as President of Geltech, Inc., a precision molded micro optics company, and as Chief Operating Officer of Hyperion Catalysis International, a carbon nanofiber developer and producer.
Dr. Barber has served as the independent non-executive chairman of Itaconix plc (formerly Revolymer plc) (LON:ITX), a specialty chemicals company, since December 2018, and served as a non-executive director of Itaconix plc from September 2016 to November 2018. He has also served as a director of Agrivida, a private company from first quarter 2011 through December 2014, of Allylix, a private company, from May 2012 through December 2014, of Segetis, Inc., a private company, from July 2012 through February 2016, of Itaconix, Inc., a private company from June 2014 through June 2016, and of Nanocomp Technologies, Inc., a private company from February 2014 through February 2018. From February 2008 through November 2010, Dr. Barber was a director and on the Finance Committee of Bluewater Holdings Corp., a provider of sewage and water-treatment services, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October 2010.
Dr. Barber was awarded the American Chemical Society's Henry F. Whalen, Jr. award for Business Development in September 2003. He received his B.S. in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dr. Barber brings to our Board of Directors substantial executive level leadership experience and a deep understanding of product and business development in highly technical industries and alternative energy markets. Dr. Barber also has significant experience in structuring both joint venture and acquisition transactions.
President of Fortier & Associates, Inc.
Mr. Fortier has served as President of Fortier & Associates, Inc., a strategy and profit improvement consulting firm focused on capital goods and chemicals companies, since 1988. Over his 30+ year consulting career he has helped 100s of manufacturing businesses exceed aggressive profit targets, in all regions globally. He has also been a Strategic Advisory Board member for Genstar Capital, a middle market private equity group with over $30 billion in assets under management, since January 2019. In addition, between 2007 and 2016, Mr. Fortier was a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School’s MBA and Executive Education programs. Prior to entering consulting, he held technical and management positions with DuPont. Mr. Fortier has a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cooper Union and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.
Mr. Fortier brings to the Board more than 35 years of global industrial experience as a strategy and execution consultant, and manager. Our Board and management team benefit from his extensive background in our served markets, including energy, petrochemicals, chemicals and large engineering firms, as well as his extensive experience advising boards and senior executives of global capital goods businesses on business strategy, mergers and acquisitions, global growth, pricing, organizational development and management control.
Cari L. Jaroslawsky
Senior Vice President and General Manager of Eaton Mission Systems
Ms. Jaroslawsky brings over 25 years’ experience as an aerospace engineering executive and finance expert. Currently, as Senior Vice President and General Manager for Eaton Mission Systems, she has financial and operational responsibility for six integrated product teams that supply critical control solutions for environmental and actuation systems, serving both US and foreign markets. She has also served as a divisional capability lead driving commercial strategy for a portfolio of actuation products primarily for defense markets. Previously, she served as Chief Financial Officer for Servotronics, Inc. She began her career as an auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers. Ms. Jaroslawsky earned her B.S. in accounting at the State University of New York at Oswego and is a certified public accountant.
Lisa M. Schnorr
Senior Vice President, Corporate Controller, Constellation Brands, Inc.
Ms. Schnorr has been Senior Vice President, Total Rewards for Constellation Brands, Inc. (NYSE: STZ), a leading premium wine company and beer importer, since January 2014. In this role, Ms. Schnorr has global responsibility for designing and implementing Constellation Brands’ compensation and benefits programs. Ms. Schnorr joined Constellation Brands in May 2004 as Director, Investor Relations, and has held a number of leadership positions since that time, including Chief Financial Officer of Constellation Wines Australia, a former division of Constellation Brands from January 2009 to December 2009, Vice President, JV Business Development from January 2010 to April 2011 and Vice President, Compensation & HRIS from May 2011 to January 2014. Prior to joining Constellation Brands, Ms. Schnorr was Director, Investor Relations at Choice One Communications, Inc. and held various positions with Bausch & Lomb Incorporated, including in investor relations, corporate accounting and reporting and financial planning and analysis. Ms. Schnorr began her career at Price Waterhouse, a predecessor to PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP. Ms. Schnorr received her B.S. in Accounting from the State University of New York at Oswego. Ms. Schnorr currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oswego Alumni Association.
Troy A. Stoner
Chief Executive Officer, Argon ST
Mr. Stoner brings over 35 years of experience in strategic planning, risk management, cybersecurity, leadership development, and engineering in the defense industry having retired from the U.S. Navy after 30 years of service. Since his retirement from active duty, he joined The Boeing Company and quickly advanced through a variety of strategic positions to the role of CEO of Argon ST, a specialist in systems engineering and manufacturer of a variety of communications and intelligence technologies for surface ships, submarines and aircraft. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, he holds a B.S. in Engineering and M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School. He also is a graduate of the National Defense University and U.S. Naval War College.
Daniel J. Thoren
President and Chief Executive Officer
Dan Thoren became our President and Chief Executive Officer in August 2021 after being named Chief Operating Officer in June 2021. Prior to that, Mr. Thoren served as Barber-Nichols Inc.'s President and CEO since 1997. From 1991 to 1997, he held Senior Engineer and Engineering management posts at the company. Mr. Thoren earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wyoming and a M.S. degree in Organizational Management from the University of Colorado, Denver.