President & Chief Executive Officer
Andrew Eich has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Covia since January, 2022 and previously served as President from June, 2021 through December, 2021 and 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 and as a Director of the Covia Foundation.
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.
EVP, Chief Operations Officer
Mr. Montgomery joined Covia in January 2022 as Executive Vice President and Chief Operations Officer. He has served in a broad array of leadership positions throughout his career, most recently as the Senior Vice President – Integrated Supply Chain at Weston Foods, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Montgomery spent four years at the Henkel Corporation as Senior Vice President – Operations, Adhesive Technologies and over 20 years at Ashland, Inc. serving as Vice President – Global Operations. Mr. Montgomery earned his MBA from Franklin University and a BS in Chemical Engineering from Penn State University.
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 of United Way of Greater Cleveland, Director of the Alzheimer’s Impact Movement (Washington, D.C.) and Director of the Covia Foundation.
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.
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.
Mr. Giaudrone joined Covia in December 2021 as Executive Vice President, Industrial. Prior to Covia, he spent 20+ years at Eastman Chemical Company, where he was most recently Vice President, Commercial Centers of Excellence. In this role he was responsible for commercial excellence and capability enablement across Eastman, Global Marketing Communications, as well as Integrated Business Planning. Previously, Mr. Giaudrone held the position of Vice President and General Manager, Coatings & Inks (C&I), and other Strategic Marketing and Product Management positions of increasing leadership responsibility within the C&I business. His prior experience at Eastman also includes roles in Corporate Strategy and Business Development. Prior to Eastman, he spent time in various commercial roles at the Union Carbide Company, UCAR Emulsion Systems and FOB, Inc. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry/Business from Wichita State University and an MBA with concentrations in Finance and Strategy from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.