Leadership

Shawn Williams

Chairman of the Board & Acting Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Williams serves as Chairman of the Board and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Covia. Previously, Mr. Williams served as the CEO of Nexeo Plastics, a portfolio company of One Rock, from 2019 to 2020. Prior to his role as CEO, he was Executive Vice President – Plastics for Nexeo Solutions from 2012 to 2019 where he led a global team managing $2 billion of revenue as a plastics value-added distributor. Prior to Nexeo, Mr. Williams served as President – Momentive Global Sealants for Momentive Performance Materials. Prior to Momentive, he had a 22-year career with GE serving in a variety of business unit and commercial leadership roles. In addition to his role at Covia, Mr. Williams serves as an Independent Director for Tetra Technologies, Inc. Mr. Williams earned his M.B.A. in 1992 from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley and his B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University in 1985.

Andrew Eich

President

Mr. Eich has served as President of Covia since May 31, 2021 and previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from June 1, 2018. Mr. Eich has been with Covia and its predecessor companies since 2012, with prior roles including Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Financial Officer. Prior to Covia, Mr. Eich was a private equity executive at Aetos Capital, and he began his career at KPMG LLP. Mr. Eich received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Management from Ohio Wesleyan University, is a CPA (inactive) and CFA charterholder. In addition to his role at Covia, Mr. Eich serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio. 

Lillian Etzkorn

EVP, Chief Financial Officer

Ms. Etzkorn joined Covia in October 2021 as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Ms. Etzkorn brings nearly 30 years of operations and financial management experience, previously holding the CFO position at both Shiloh Industries and CPI Card Group. Prior to that, she served as Vice President of Treasury and Sr. Director of Investor Relations at Dana Incorporated and held multiple senior financial roles at Ford Motor Company. In addition to her role at Covia, she serves as an Independent Director and Audit Committee Member for Matthews International, where she also serves on the Finance Committee. Ms. Etzkorn received her BA in Business Administration from Eastern Michigan University and MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan.

Campbell Jones

EVP, Chief Operating Officer

Mr. Jones serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Covia. In this role, he manages all aspects of Covia’s plants and mines and has direct leadership of the Environmental, Safety, Engineering and Procurement Teams. Prior to the establishment of Covia, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Unimin and served on the Board Directors of Unimin. He also held various Operations related positions at Sibelco including Group Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director and Executive General Manager/Chief Operating Officer dating back to 2000. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Brian Richardson

EVP, Chief Administrative Officer

Mr. Richardson serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer of Covia. In this role, he provides leadership to the Human Resources, Project Management Office, Environmental, Social & Governance (ESG) and Corporate Communications functions. Mr. Richardson previously served as EVP, Chief People Officer at Fairmount Santrol from 2015 to 2018 and prior to joining the company was SVP Human Resources at Sherwin-Williams. Mr. Richardson received a B.A. Finance from Baldwin Wallace University and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. Mr. Richardson serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors of the Alzheimer’s Association (Chicago, IL), Director and Executive Committee Member for United Way of Greater Cleveland and Director for the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (Washington, D.C.).

Duncan Stuart

EVP, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary

Mr. Stuart joined Covia in November 2021 as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer & Secretary. Through his 28-year tenure at The Dow Chemical Company, Mr. Stuart gained a wealth of senior-level global legal experience, having served most recently as Deputy General Counsel. His responsibilities at Dow included leadership with respect to many significant M&A transactions and Corporate Critical Litigation. Mr. Stuart has a community mind-set and has served on many local non-profit boards, including currently being on the Board for the United Way of Midland (MI) County. He earned both his Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree and Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering (B.S.Ch.E.) from The University of Michigan. Mr. Stuart is admitted to practice before numerous state and federal courts, including the Supreme Court of the United States.

 

Cameron Berry

EVP, Energy

Mr. Berry serves as Executive Vice President, Energy, of Covia. In this role, he provides leadership for the Energy business segment, including Sales, Marketing and Research & Development as well as Supply Chain and Terminals. Prior to the establishment of Covia, Mr. Berry served as Vice President of Sales for the Oil & Gas division of Unimin since 2018. Mr. Berry received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada.