Board of Directors
Joseph M. Gingo is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of A. Schulman, from whom he served in this capacity from 2008-2014. From 2014 until 2016, he served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board. Previously, Mr. Gingo was employed at the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for more than 40 years. From June 2003 through December 2007, he was Executive Vice President, Quality Systems and Chief Technical Officer at Goodyear. In this role he was responsible for Goodyear's Research, Tire Technology and Engineering and Quality organizations. Prior to that, he held numerous domestic and international leadership positions in the company's technical organization and business units including Asia, Aviation Products, Off-The-Road Tires, Engineered Products and Racing. Mr. Gingo earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Case Institute of Technology (now Case Western Reserve University), and a law degree from the University of Akron. He received a master's degree in business management from the Sloan Fellowship program at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Allen A. Spizzo, formerly Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Hercules Incorporated, is a business consultant and investment advisor with more than 35 years of experience in the global chemicals and materials industries. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Ferro Corporation, as well as privately held Global Specimen Solutions, Inc. Mr. Spizzo received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from the University of Akron.
Carol S. Eicher is the Non-Executive Chairman of Innocor, Inc., where she was President and Chief Executive Officer from 2014 until 2017. She has more than 30 years of experience in the chemical industry, having served in various manufacturing, commercial and executive leadership roles with Dow Chemical Co., Rohm and Haas, Ashland, Inc. and DuPont. Ms. Eicher currently serves on the Board of Directors of Tennant Company. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and her MBA from York College of Pennsylvania.
Eugene R. Allspach was elected to the Board of Directors of ICO Polymers in October 2008. Since 2003, he has been the President of E. R. Allspach & Associates, LLC, which provides consulting services for new business development activities in the petrochemical industry. He serves as an Advisory Board member of The Plaza Group (a petrochemical marketing company) and the Energy Capital Group (a gasification business development company). Mr. Allspach has approximately 38 years experience in the plastics and chemical industries, where he has held positions in executive management, business development, manufacturing, operations, marketing and process engineering. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of Equistar Chemicals, L.P. from 1997 to 2002. From 1988 to 1997, he held several different executive management positions with Millennium Chemicals, Inc., Millennium Petrochemical (formerly Quantum Chemical Company), including Group Vice- President, Manufacturing and Technology, and Vice-President, Specialty Polymers and Business Development. Mr. Allspach also serves as a Board Member of Christus Foundation for HealthCare, and as a Trustee on the University of Cincinnati Foundation Board. He holds a master's degree in chemical engineering from Rice University (M.S., Chemical Engineering) and earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati.
David G. Birney is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Solvay America Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of the Solvay Group, an international chemical, plastics and pharmaceutical business. He served in that position from 2001 to 2006 and concurrently served as Chief Executive Officer of Solvay Chemicals Inc. from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, he was Chief Executive Officer for Solvay Polymers Inc. for 13 years. Mr. Birney has been on the boards of several charitable and not-for-profit organizations, including Junior Achievement of Southeast Texas Inc. He is a graduate of the University of Loughborough, UK, where he earned a bachelor's degree in industrial chemistry. He has served on the A. Schulman Board of Directors since 2006.
Lee D. Meyer is a former President and Chief Executive Officer of Ply Gem Industries, Inc., a leading manufacturer of vinyl siding and accessories, vinyl and wood windows and doors, and vinyl fence products, all for the new construction and repair and remodel markets. Prior to that, he was President of Variform, Ply Gem's siding and accessories business. His previous positions at Variform included Vice President of Manufacturing, Vice President of Operations, and Senior Vice President and General Manager. Prior to joining Variform, Mr. Meyer held positions at GE Plastics, Borg Warner Chemicals and the Chemical Division of Quaker Oats. He earned a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering and an M.B.A. degree, both from the University of Nebraska. Mr. Meyer served on the Board of Directors of PWEagle from 2006 until its merger with J-M Manufacturing Co. was completed in 2007. He is also Treasurer on the Executive Council of the Northland Lutheran School Association of Kansas City. Mr. Meyer has served on the A. Schulman Board of Directors since 2008.
James A. Mitarotonda is Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Barington Capital Group, L.P., an investment firm that he co-founded in November 1991. Previously, he held various positions at Citibank including head of New York Home Equity Financing and Credit Service. Following Citibank, Mr. Mitarotonda spent four years in the retail brokerage industry, after which he and a group of business associates started Commonwealth Associates, an investment boutique firm, in 1988. Mr. Mitarotonda received an M.B.A. from New York University's Graduate School of Business Administration (now known as the Stern School of Business). He currently serves as a director of Griffon Corporation and Sielox, Inc., and is Chairman of the Board of The Pep Boys - Manny, Moe & Jack. He is also a director of The Friends of Green Chimneys, a non-profit organization in Westchester County, New York, which focuses on providing services for children with emotional, behavioral and learning challenges. He has served on the A. Schulman Board of Directors since 2005.
Ernest J. Novak, Jr. is a former Managing Partner of the Cleveland Office of Ernst & Young. His 34-year career with Ernst & Young included positions as coordinating partner, area industry leader and managing partner. He serves on the boards of BorgWarner Inc. and FirstEnergy Corp. He also is a member of the Board of Directors of University Hospitals Health Systems, Inc. and is Chairman of the Board of University Hospitals Case Medical Center. He received a bachelor's degree from John Carroll University and a Master of Accountancy degree from Bowling Green State University, and graduated from the Kellogg School, Northwestern University Advanced Management Program. He has served on the A. Schulman Board of Directors since 2003.
Kathleen M. Oswald joined A. Schulman's Board in December of 2016. For the past nine years, Oswald has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer of Detroit-based Henry Ford Health System, one of the nation's leading comprehensive, integrated non-profit health systems. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of human resources for approximately 24,000 employees, including, but not limited to, succession planning, leadership and physician development and talent selection. She began her career with the Chrysler Corporation, where she held various positions of increasing responsibility during her 28-year tenure. She retired from the automotive manufacturer in 2000 as its Chief Administrative Officer.