Directors

Management Team

Dale G. Barnhart
President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Dale G. Barnhart has been President and Chief Executive Officer since August 27, 2007. Prior to joining Lydall, Mr. Barnhart was the Chief Executive Officer of Synventive Molding Solutions from March 2005 to August 2007. Synventive is a provider of hot runner systems, machine nozzles, temperature controllers and sprue bushings for the injection molding industry. Previous to Synventive Molding Solutions, Mr. Barnhart was a consultant working with two private equity groups. From 2000 to 2003, he was President of Invensys Climate Control, a $1.2 billion global business unit providing products and services to the heating, ventilating and air conditioning and commercial refrigeration markets. Mr. Barnhart became a Director in October 2007.
Scott M. Deakin
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Scott M. Deakin serves as the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leading the Company's global finance, internal audit, information technology and strategic sourcing organizations. Prior to joining Lydall in September 2015, Mr. Deakin was the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Ensign-Bickford Industries, Inc., a diversified global manufacturer with operating segments that serve the aerospace & defense, life sciences, specialty chemicals and food & flavoring industries. Before Ensign-Bickford, Mr. Deakin served as a strategy and operations consultant and held financial and general management leadership roles with diversified companies, including Eaton Corporation and Barnes Group Inc. In his last role at Eaton, Mr. Deakin served as the General Manager of the Power Products Division, a leading global supplier of hydraulic pumps and motors.

As a civic leader, Mr. Deakin serves as a Trustee for the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts. Mr. Deakin holds an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Bowling Green State University.
Chad A. McDaniel
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer
Chad McDaniel serves as the Company’s Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Administration Officer, leading the Company’s global Legal, Human Resources and Environmental, Health & Safety organizations. Prior to joining Lydall’s management team in the first half of 2013, Mr. McDaniel was Associate General Counsel of Sikorsky Aircraft Corporation, a division of United Technologies Corporation (UTC). UTC is a manufacturer of high-technology products and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries. During his tenure with UTC, Mr. McDaniel also held the positions of Director; Executive Assistant to the President at UTC's Fire and Security division from 2010 to 2012, and Assistant Counsel at UTC's Pratt & Whitney division from 2007 to 2010. He began his legal career in private practice, spending five years as a corporate associate focused on mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, corporate governance, and private equity financing/fund formation.
David D. Glenn
Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations

David Glenn serves as the Company’s Vice President, Corporate Development & Investor Relations.  Prior to joining Lydall in 2010, Mr. Glenn was previously employed by United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a manufacturer of high-technology products and services for the global aerospace and building systems industries.  Throughout his tenure at UTC, which dates back to 2001, Mr. Glenn held various positions of increasing responsibility in finance, accounting, treasury, and merger and acquisitions.

Mr. Glenn holds an M.B.A. from Carnegie Mellon University, and earned a B.A. in Corporate Finance from the University of Massachusetts.

James V. Laughlan
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Treasurer
James Laughlan has been Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer & Treasurer since March 26, 2013. Prior to this date, Mr. Laughlan held the role of Corporate Controller at Lydall since 2005. Before joining Lydall in 2005, Mr. Laughlan was Controller for the Top-Flite Golf Company – a subsidiary of Callaway Golf Company, a manufacturer of golf equipment; and a Controller at Moore Medical Corporation, a distributor of medical, surgical and pharmaceutical products. Prior to Moore Medical, Mr. Laughlan spent eight years at Deloitte & Touche in Hartford, Connecticut, as a manager of audit related services.

Board of Directors

W. Leslie Duffy
Chairman of the Board
W. Leslie Duffy, Esq. has served as a Director since May 1992, as Chair of our Board since August 2005 and as a member of our Corporate Governance Committee since May 2003. Mr. Duffy is a retired partner of the law firm of Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, where he worked from 1965 to 2012.
Dale G. Barnhart
President, Chief Executive Officer and Board Member
Dale G. Barnhart has been President and Chief Executive Officer since August 27, 2007. Prior to joining Lydall, Mr. Barnhart was the Chief Executive Officer of Synventive Molding Solutions from March 2005 to August 2007. Synventive is a provider of hot runner systems, machine nozzles, temperature controllers and sprue bushings for the injection molding industry. Previous to Synventive Molding Solutions, Mr. Barnhart was a consultant working with two private equity groups. From 2000 to 2003, he was President of Invensys Climate Control, a $1.2 billion global business unit providing products and services to the heating, ventilating and air conditioning and commercial refrigeration markets. Mr. Barnhart became a Director in October 2007.
Kathleen Burdett
Board Member
Kathleen Burdett was the Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the former Dexter Corporation from 1994 until its merger with Invitrogen Corporation in 2000, after which she served as a consultant to Invitrogen through her retirement in 2002. She served as the Controller and Principal Accounting Officer of the former Dexter Corporation from 1987 to 1994. Dexter developed and manufactured nonwovens products primarily used in the food packaging, medical, and hygiene markets, specialty polymers primarily used in the aerospace and electronics markets and precise, reproducible biological, and biochemical products used for applications in the life sciences industry through its majority owned Life Technologies, Inc. subsidiary. Ms. Burdett was a member of the Board of Directors of Life Technologies, Inc. from 1995 through 2000 where she chaired the Audit Committee and served as a member of the Executive and Compensation Committees. Ms. Burdett was appointed to the Lydall Board of Directors in June 2003. Ms. Burdett serves as Chair of the Audit Review Committee and is a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.
Matthew T. Farrell
Board Member
Matthew T. Farrell is the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Church & Dwight Co., Inc., which manufactures and markets a wide range of personal care, household and specialty products under the ARM & HAMMER® brand name and other well-known trademarks. He has held that position since September 2006. Mr. Farrell began his career with KPMG Peat Marwick LLP. He was named an audit partner in 1989. He joined AlliedSignal in 1994 as Director, Corporate Audit, and in 1996, he was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the Specialty Chemicals business. In 2000, Mr. Farrell joined Ingersoll-Rand as Vice President, Investor Relations and Communications and was a member of Ingersoll-Rand’s enterprise leadership team. In 2002, he joined Alpharma, Inc., a specialty pharmaceutical company, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was appointed to the Lydall Board in August 2003. Mr. Farrell serves as a member of the Audit Review and the Compensation Committees.
Marc T. Giles
Board Member
Marc T. Giles has served as a Director of Lydall, Inc. since April 2008 and as a member of each of the Compensation and the Corporate Governance Committees. Mr. Giles currently serves as a director of Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global supplier of shrink management, merchandise visibility and apparel labeling solutions, where he also serves as a member of the Audit Committee. He also serves as a director of Intevac, Inc., a leader in thin film processing technologies and developer of advanced high sensitivity digital sensors, cameras, and integrated systems, where he also serves as a member of the Audit Committee.

From 2001 until February 2012, Mr. Giles was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (“Gerber Scientific”), a manufacturer that provides software, computerized manufacturing systems, and services to a wide variety of industries, which was acquired by a private equity firm in August 2011. Mr. Giles previously served as Senior Vice President and President of Gerber Technology, Inc. (“Gerber Technology”), a subsidiary of Gerber Scientific. Prior to joining Gerber Technology, Mr. Giles served in several senior positions in business unit management, strategy development, mergers and acquisitions and sales and marketing management with FMC Corp., a manufacturer of machinery and chemicals. Mr. Giles had been with Norton Co. serving in various sales, marketing and business development roles before joining FMC Corp.
William D. Gurley
Board Member
William D. Gurley was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Stanadyne Corporation, an engine components and fuel systems manufacturer for various industries including automotive and filtration, from 1995 until his retirement in 2006. During his 21-year career with Stanadyne, he held numerous management positions within that Corporation including Executive Vice President of Marketing, Engineering and Operations. Mr. Gurley was elected as a Director of Stanadyne Corporation in 1989. Prior to joining Stanadyne, Mr. Gurley was with Garrett Corporation’s Automotive Products Division (now owned by Honeywell) and the Packard Electric Division of General Motors Corporation (now a division of Delphi). In December 2010, he completed six years as a member of the New England Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston. Mr. Gurley was elected to the Lydall Board in April 2006. Mr. Gurley currently serves as Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee.
Suzanne Hammett
Board Member
Suzanne Hammett is the Executive Vice President and Chief Risk Officer for Capital One NA, a diversified bank that offers financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. She has held that position since February 2007. Prior to joining Capital One, Ms. Hammett was the Executive Vice President, Chief Risk Officer for the Radian Group Inc., a credit enhancement company, a position she began in July 2005. She is also a former Executive Vice President of J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. During her 27-year career with J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., she held numerous positions within the investment bank including Head of Credit Risk Portfolio. She was Head of Credit Risk Policy for that firm until early 2004. Ms. Hammett became a Lydall Director in January 2000. She serves as a member of the Audit Review and the Compensation Committees.
S. Carl Soderstrom, Jr.
Board Member
S. Carl Soderstrom, Jr. was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of ArvinMeritor, Inc., until his retirement in 2004. During Mr. Soderstrom’s employment with ArvinMeritor, ArvinMeritor was a global supplier of a broad range of integrated systems, modules and components serving light vehicle, commercial truck, trailer and specialty original equipment manufacturers and certain aftermarkets. He had been with ArvinMeritor and with predecessor companies from 1986 to 2004, and held several senior management positions in engineering, quality, and procurement. Prior to joining ArvinMeritor, Mr. Soderstrom was with General Electric Company and the ALCO Controls Division of Emerson Electric. He was appointed to the Lydall Board in June 2003 and is currently the Chairperson of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Review Committee. Mr. Soderstrom is a member of the FreightCar America Board of Directors, where he serves as Chairperson of its Audit Committee and as a member of its Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. He is also a member of the Westar Energy, Inc. Board of Directors, where he serves as a member of its Audit Committee and its Finance Committee.
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