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.
President & Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Eich serves as President and Chief Financial Officer of Covia. Mr. Eich has been with Covia and its predecessor companies since 2012 serving since 2018 as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Eich has also served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and on the Board of Directors of Unimin Corporation (a predecessor company to Covia) from June 2016 to May 2018. Previously, he held a variety of roles in corporate finance, M&A, investor relations and accounting at Aetos Capital and KPMG LLP dating back to 2002. Mr. Eich received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics Management from Ohio Wesleyan University. Mr. Eich is a CPA (inactive) and CFA charterholder. Mr. Eich serves on the Board of Directors for Boys Hope Girls Hope of Northeastern Ohio.
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.
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 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.).
Interim General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Mr. Sherman serves as Interim General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Covia. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s Legal, Corporate Governance and Corporate Real Estate functions. Mr. Sherman has been with Covia and its predecessor company, Unimin Corporation, since 2011, serving since 2016 as Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. Mr. Sherman received a Bachelor of Arts from Skidmore College in Saratoga, Springs, New York, and a Juris Doctor from Albany Law School in Albany, New York. Mr. Sherman serves on the Board of Directors of Lake Norman Little League.
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.