MEDINA, Ohio—Specialty coatings company RPM International Inc. has nominated the CEO of one Northeast Ohio's newest public companies to join its board.
Jenniffer D. Deckard, president and CEO of Fairmount Santrol, a Chesterland-based provider of high performance sand and sand-based products, is included in RPM's proxy statement and will stand for election at the Medina company's annual stockholders meeting on Oct. 8.
Deckard would replace Joseph P. Viviano, who is retiring from the RPM board after serving on it for 14 years. Viviano retired as vice chairman from Hershey Foods Corp. in 2000. He previously served as president and chief operating officer for Hershey.
RPM said Deckard would serve on its board's governance and nominating committee
"We are delighted to have attracted the interest of Jenniffer Deckard as an RPM director,” Frank C. Sullivan, RPM's chairman and CEO, said in a statement,
“While she currently leads a large New York Stock Exchange company, for most of her career, Fairmount Santrol was a privately held business,” Sullivan said. “Her experience in both the private and public company worlds makes her ideally suited for advising a company like RPM, which, while publicly traded, seeks entrepreneurial private companies in our acquisition program.”
Fairmount Santrol, which became a public company in October 2014, has annual sales of about $1.4 billion. Deckard joined Fairmount Santrol—then known as Fairmount Minerals—in 1994 and shortly thereafter was named chief financial officer. She was promoted to president in January 2011 and became CEO in 2013.
RPM International is a holding company and owns subsidiaries well-known in specialty coatings, sealants, building materials and related services, serving both industrial and consumer markets.
RPM's industrial products include roofing systems, sealants, corrosion control coatings, flooring coatings and specialty chemicals. Industrial brands include Stonhard, Tremco, illbruck, Carboline, Flowcrete, Universal Sealants and Euco.