Huber Engineered Materials (HEM), a division of J.M. Huber Corp., recently announced the retirement of President Andy Trott. Chuck Herak, currently vice president and general manager of HEM’s silica business, has been selected to succeed Trott as the next president of HEM.

“We will greatly miss Andy and his terrific leadership impact on Huber, as he’s been a tremendous asset,” said Mike Marberry, CEO. “After learning of Andy’s plans to retire, he and I worked closely on developing a succession plan for HEM and shared a common ambition of filling positions that would open as a result of his retirement from within, drawing from our successful leadership development programs across the company. Under Chuck’s leadership, Huber’s global silica business has been a very strong performer that’s shown substantial profit improvements and we’re looking forward to have him now lead the HEM business.”

Consequently, David Riley has been named vice president and general manager of HEM’s silica business. Previously, Riley served as vice president and general manager of HEM’s ground calcium carbonate (GCC) business.

Matt O’Brien has been appointed to the position of vice president and general manager of the GCC business. For the last nine years, O’Brien has been a key member of Huber Engineered Woods LLC, serving as chief financial officer and, most recently, chief commercial officer with responsibility for sales, marketing, and supply chain. O’Brien joined Huber in 2002 as vice president of Corporate Strategy.

“We’re extremely pleased we were able draw upon the outstanding leadership talent we currently have in the Huber organization to position us for the future,” Marberry said. “We knew a challenging aspect of the promoting from within philosophy is that it can create a domino effect across the organization. Fortunately, we’re able to draw upon an outstanding pool of leaders who position us for continued growth.”

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