With over 40 years of experience in the building products industry, Mike had led half a dozen international manufacturing firms. Most recently, he served as chairman of the board for former Graham Partners portfolio company, Henry.
Previous to Henry, Mike founded Rockwood Holdings, Inc., a leading global specialty chemicals and advanced materials company headquartered in Princeton, N.J., where he served as president from 1999 to 2002 under the sponsorship of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR).
Rockwood Holdings, Inc. was formed in part by specialty chemicals manufacturer Laporte, where Mike was president and Divisional Chairman and member of the board of directors of Laporte plc (U.K.). Prior to joining Laporte, Mike served as president of the NJ-based Specialty Products Division of Church & Dwight Co. and president of RHEOX, Inc., the world leader in rheological additives for coatings, cosmetics and personal care products. Prior to RHEOX, Mike worked at NL Chemicals for more than 20 years in a variety of sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility, rising to president of the company.
Before joining NL Chemicals, Mike served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Artillery on active and reserve duty.
Mike earned his B.S. from St. Peters College. He also attended the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program, as well as executive studies at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.