Management Team

Jenniffer D. Deckard , , President, Chief Executive Officer and Director

Ms. Deckard has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Fairmount Santrol since 2013. Previously, Ms. Deckard served as President from January 2011 until May 2013, Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 1999 until 2011, Corporate Controller from 1996 to 1999 and Accounting Manager from 1994 until 1996. Ms. Deckard serves on the Board of Directors for RPM International, Inc. (NYSE: RPM). In her local community, Ms. Deckard serves on the boards of the Cleveland Foundation, Fairmount Santrol Foundation and First Tee of Cleveland. She also serves as a member of the Visiting Committee for the Case Western Reserve University Weatherhead School of Management. Ms. Deckard received a B.S. from the University of Tulsa, her C.P.A. certification from the State of Missouri and M.B.A. from Case Western Reserve University. Jenniffer and her husband, Daryl, are actively engaged in multiple educational and civic programs and have opened both their home and their resources to serve children within the Geauga County and Greater Cleveland Foster Care Systems.
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Gerald L. Clancey , , Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer

Mr. Clancey has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer since 2015. In this role, he has responsibility for Domestic and International Sales into the Proppant and Industrial & Recreational (I&R) channels as well as leadership for Supply Chain and Logistics. Previously, Mr. Clancey served as Executive Vice President of Supply Chain and I&R since 2011, Vice President of Sales for I&R from 2002 to 2011 and General Sales Manager for the company’s TechniSand resin-coated foundry division from 1998 to 2002. He was previously President of the Foundry Educational Foundation and served several terms on its Board of Directors. Mr. Clancey received a B.S. from Kent State University and M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.
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Brian J. Richardson , , Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer

Mr. Richardson has served as Executive Vice President, Chief People Officer since 2015. In this capacity he provides leadership for our Human Resources, Information Technology, Risk Management, Sustainable Development and Internal Communications functions. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Richardson was Sr. Vice President of Human Resources for the Global Finishes Group of The Sherwin-Williams Company. Mr. Richardson serves on the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Strategic Planning Committee. Locally, he serves on the Board of Directors for the United Way of Greater Cleveland, where he is a member of the Executive Committee and Chair of the Human Resources Committee. Mr. Richardson received a B.A. Finance from Baldwin-Wallace College and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University.
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Michael F. Biehl , , Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Biehl has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since 2016. Prior to joining Fairmount Santrol, Mr. Biehl served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for publicly traded Chart Industries, Inc. for almost 15 years. Prior to that, he held management positions at the former Oglebay Norton Company and Ernst & Young LLP. Mr. Biehl received a B.B.A from Ohio University and M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He continues to be a licensed C.P.A. in Ohio and is a member of both the OSCPA and AICPA. Locally, Mr. Biehl is actively involved at St. Joseph Academy and currently serves as Chairman of its Board of Directors.
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George Magaud , , Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Mr. Magaud has served as Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer since 2015. In this role, he leads the company’s Strategic Development efforts as well as the Marketing and R&D organizations. Prior to this he served as Executive Vice President, Strategic Development since joining the company in 2014. Previously, Mr. Magaud worked for Lafarge where he held positions in Strategy and Business Development, Marketing and Product Development, as well as Operations in Europe and in the United States. Mr. Magaud received his undergraduate degree from Yale University and a business degree from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris.
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Robert Larson , , Executive Vice President, Engineering and Supply Chain Operations

Mr. Larson has served as Executive Vice President, Engineering and Supply Chain Operations since April 2016. Previously, Mr. Larson served as Senior Vice President of Engineering, Process & Technology since 2015 and Vice President of Engineering from 2011 to 2015. He served as both a Manager and then Director of Engineering from 2003 until 2011. Mr. Larson currently serves as the Chairman of the Engineering and Technology committee for The Industrial Minerals Association of North America. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois and M.B.A. from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.
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Daniel Gerber , , Executive Vice President, Operations

Mr. Gerber has served as Executive Vice President, Operations since 2016. Previously, Mr. Gerber served as Senior Vice President and Vice President of Operations from 2010 until 2016 and Director of Operations and Manager of Illinois Operations within the Industrial Sand Division, from 2004 until 2010. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Gerber was Vice President of Operations for Better Materials Corporation as well as the US Silica Corporation. He currently serves as the Vice Chairman of National Industrial Sand Association. Mr. Gerber received a B.S. in Mining Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.
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David J. Crandall , , Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mr. Crandall has served as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since January 2017. Previously, Mr. Crandall served as Sr. Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from January 2016 to December 2016 and Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary from January 2011 to December 2015. Prior to joining Fairmount Santrol, he was a Partner at Calfee, Halter & Griswold, L.L.P, where he practiced general corporate and merger and acquisition law. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude with a B.S. in Economics from Allegheny College and graduated Cum Laude from the Syracuse University College of Law.
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Sharon S. Van Zeeland , , Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development

Ms. Van Zeeland has served as Vice President, Investor Relations and Business Development since July 2014. Previously, Ms. Van Zeeland served as VP, Business Development and Director of Performance Excellence. Prior to joining the company in 2007, Ms. Van Zeeland held various managerial positions at General Motors and Delphi Automotive Systems. In her local community she is an Industrial Advisory Board member for the Kent State University College of Applied Engineering and serves as a Partner for the Cleveland Chapter of Social Venture Partners. She is certified in Appreciative Inquiry and Six Sigma. Ms. Van Zeeland received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Kettering University and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California.
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