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.
Randall B. Gonzales
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Randall (“Randy”) B. Gonzales serves as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, leading the Company's global finance, internal audit and information technology organizations. Prior to joining Lydall in March 2018, Mr. Gonzales was the Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Progress Rail Services Corporation (“Progress Rail”), a diversified global supplier of railroad and transit system products and services and a wholly owned subsidiary of Caterpillar Inc. (NYSE:CAT). Mr. Gonzales joined Progress Rail in December 2014. From March 2004 to November 2014, Mr. Gonzales held financial and operational leadership roles of increasing responsibilities within Nissan Motor Co., Ltd., a Fortune Global 50 automotive manufacturer. In his last role at Nissan, Mr. Gonzales served as the North American Controller responsible for vehicle cost reduction activities. Prior to that role, he was the Chief Financial Officer for Nissan’s Global Sales & Marketing functions based in Yokohama, Japan.

Mr. Gonzales holds a Master of Business Administration from Wright State University and a Bachelor of Science from the United States Air Force Academy. Mr. Gonzales is both a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Global Management Accountant.
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.
James V. Laughlan
Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and Treasurer
James Laughlan has been Vice President, Chief Accounting Officer and 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.
Brendan Moynihan
Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations
Brendan Moynihan serves as Vice President, Financial Planning and Investor Relations, leading the Company’s investor relations function and providing global oversight for financial planning and analysis. Prior to joining Lydall in July 2016, Mr. Moynihan worked for United Technologies Corporation (UTC), a global manufacturer of high technology products and services to the building systems and aerospace industries. During his tenure at UTC, he worked as a finance executive supporting operations and financial planning in the company’s Carrier, Otis, Sikorsky and Aerospace Systems divisions. Prior to UTC, Mr. Moynihan worked for International Business Machines (IBM) in financial planning leadership positions in the Hardware Systems segment and Software division in Austin, TX and Somers, NY.

Mr. Moynihan holds an MBA from The University of Texas at Austin and an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Cornell University.
Joseph A. Abbruzzi
President, Lydall Thermal Acoustical Solutions
In Q3 2019, Joseph ("Joe") A. Abbruzzi became the President of Lydall’s Thermal Acoustical Solutions segment. Previously, he served as the President of Lydall's Technical Nonwovens segment, a position he assumed in February 2014 with Lydall's acquisition of the global industrial filtration business. Since that acquisition, under Mr. Abbruzzi's leadership, Lydall acquired two additional strategic companies – Texel and Gutsche – giving the division scale and global reach in the marketplace. Prior to his current role, Mr. Abbruzzi was the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Lydall's Thermal/Acoustical Fibers group.

Prior to joining Lydall in 2011, Mr. Abbruzzi was the Vice President and General Manager at Guardian Industries and President of Smiths Group's Polymer Sealing Solutions Division. He brings with him over 30 years of experience in the automotive, industrial and aerospace industries in a variety of manufacturing, engineering, sales and general management positions. His background includes executive responsibilities in public and privately held entities in both union and nonunion environments.

Mr. Abbruzzi is a licensed professional engineer (P.E.) in the state of Michigan. He holds a Master's Degree from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor's Degree from The Ohio State University (both in mechanical engineering).
Paul A. Marold
President, Lydall Performance Materials
Paul Marold serves as the President of Lydall's Performance Materials since joining the company in February 2016. The Performance Materials business is a leader in delivering innovative filtration and insulation solutions for demanding applications to enable a cleaner, healthier and more energy efficient world.

Prior to joining Lydall, Mr. Marold was the Chief Operating Officer at Sontara, a Jacob Holm Company and leading innovator in specialty nonwoven solutions in diverse markets such as beauty care, critical cleaning and high-performance industrial. Mr. Marold was instrumental in the acquisition and integration of this business from DuPont and led its growth strategy during his tenure. Mr. Marold has also held executive leadership roles at filtration industry leaders CLARCOR and AAF International. Prior to his filtration experience, Mr. Marold was Senior Vice President of the Advanced Nonwovens business of Ahlstrom Oy, leading a global business that had footprints on five continents. Mr. Marold began his career as a Petroleum Engineer at American Cyanamid Company which eventually spun-off as Cytec Industries.

Mr. Marold has been active with the INDA, Association of the Nonwoven Fabrics Industry, for the past 15 years serving on the Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and is a past Chairman of the Board. He has also has served on the Board of Directors for the National Air Filtration Association and the Connecticut Business and Industry Association.

Mr. Marold earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Petroleum and Natural Gas Engineering from Penn State University and completed his post-graduate work at INSEAD.

Board of Directors

Marc T. Giles
Chairman of the Board
Marc T. Giles has served as a Director since April 2008, as Chair of our Board since April 2017 and as a member of the Corporate Governance Committee since April 2008 (and was previously a member of the Compensation Committee).

Mr. Giles has held a directorship at Intevac, Inc., a public company and a leader in thin film processing technologies and developer of advanced high sensitivity digital sensors, cameras, and integrated systems, since May 2014, where he also serves as a member of the Audit Committee. He was a director of Checkpoint Systems, Inc., a global leader in merchandise availability solutions for the retail industry, from March 2013 until its sale to CCL Industries in May of 2016, where he also served as Chair of the Audit Committee and as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Giles served from 2001 until September 2016 as a director of Gerber Scientific, Inc. (‘‘Gerber Scientific’’), a global manufacturer that provides software, computerized manufacturing systems, supplies and services to a variety of industries worldwide, which was acquired by a private equity firm in 2011 and owned by said firm until its sale to American Industrial Products in September of 2016. He was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Gerber Scientific from 2001 until 2012 and provided transitional services through his retirement in 2012. 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, he 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.
David G. Bills
Board Member
David G. Bills has served as a Director since April 2018 and as a member of each of the Audit Review Committee and the Corporate Governance Committee, also since 2018. Mr. Bills was most recently Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company (“DuPont”), a public global chemical and materials company. He started his career at DuPont in 2001, holding a number of senior executive positions, until his retirement in 2017. Prior to joining DuPont, Mr. Bills was a partner at McKinsey and Company, a management consulting firm.

Mr. Bills has also served on the Board of Directors of Modine Manufacturing Company, a publicly traded industrial manufacturing company, where he was a member of the Audit, Corporate Governance and Technology Committees.
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 Compensation Committee.
James J. Cannon
Board Member
James (“Jim”) Cannon has served as a Director since April 2017 and as a member of the Corporate Governance and the Compensation Committees, also since 2017. Mr. Cannon is the President and Chief Executive Officer of FLIR Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ:FLIR), which designs, develops, manufactures, markets and distributes innovative sensing solutions that enhance perception and awareness. Prior to joining FLIR in June 2017, Mr. Cannon held various global leadership roles at Stanley Black & Decker. In his last role, Mr. Cannon served as the President, STANLEY Security North America and Emerging Markets (“Stanley Security”), a global market leader of commercial security solutions, door automation, and healthcare solutions. Prior to joining Stanley in 2001, Mr. Cannon worked at the Eaton Corporation as a LEAN Manufacturing Manager from 1999 to 2001 and served in the U.S. Army from 1989 until 1999 as an Infantryman and Armor Officer. Mr. Cannon graduated from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga with a BS in Business Administration and Marketing.
Matthew Thomas Farrell
Board Member
Matthew T. Farrell is the Chief Executive 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 2015. Prior to this appointment, he was the Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Church & Dwight since 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.
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 is the former Chair of the Compensation Committee and currently serves as a member of the Compensation and the Corporate Governance Committees.
Suzanne Hammett
Board Member
Suzanne Hammett was the Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Credit Risk Officer for Capital One, N.A., a diversified bank that offers financial products and services to consumers, small businesses and commercial clients. She has held that position since February 2007 until her retirement in March 2017. 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 currently serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Review Committee.
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 Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Audit Review Committee. He is also a member of the Evergy, Inc. (formerly known as Westar Energy, Inc. before it merged with Kansas City Power & Light Company in 2018) Board of Directors, where he serves as a member of its Audit Committee, its Finance Committee and its Nuclear, Operations and Environmental Oversight Committee.