Board of Directors
Richard L. McNeel is chairman of the LORD Corporation Board of Directors, a position to which the Board elected him in 2011. McNeel served as president and CEO of LORD Corporation from 2002 to 2012. Founded in 1924, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that serves the automotive, aerospace and defense, general industrial, and electronics markets. With global headquarters in Cary, N.C., LORD has a presence in 25 countries and 2012 forecast revenues of $860 million. LORD is a leading global provider of adhesives, coatings, electronic chemicals, and mechanical and electromechanical parts that control noise and vibration.
Under McNeel's leadership, LORD developed and expanded manufacturing plants in China and Germany, as well as established regional headquarters in Geneva and Hong Kong to support sales growth in the European and Asia-Pacific regions. In addition, McNeel led a major acquisition in 2006 to consolidate the company’s leading global position in the rubber-to-substrate adhesive market and has divested non-core businesses. In 2012, LORD acquired Vermont-based MicroStrain, a leading provider of sensing solutions to the aerospace and defense, agriculture, construction, energy, and consumer electronics markets, enhancing the LORD vibration and motion control portfolio.
McNeel began his 42-year career in the chemical industry with Amoco Chemical, Amoco Corporation, and BP Amoco, where he held a variety of positions. Before leaving BP Amoco he served as group vice president for BP Amoco Chemical in London. Prior to this position, he served as group vice president, Chemical Intermediates, Amoco Chemicals; group vice president, Polymers, Amoco Chemicals; and president, Amoco Performance Products, Inc. He retired from BP on January 1, 2002.
McNeel holds a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Chicago. He currently serves on a number of boards and committees, including the Advisory Board of the University of Nebraska Engineering College; the Board of Directors of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce; the Board of Governors of the Aerospace Industries Association; the Advisory Board of the Nöel Group; a member of The Fifty Group, an organization comprised of business leaders in the Triangle region of North Carolina; Transit Chair for the Regional Transportation Alliance; and chairman of the 2012 United Way Campaign for the Greater Triangle region.
Dr. Sheldon A. Buckler served as Chairman of LORD Corporation's Board of Directors from 2000-2011. He also served as interim president in 2002 and was instrumental in the hiring of Rick McNeel.
Dr. Buckler serves as the Chairman of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary as well as the Chairman of the Executive Committee for NSTAR Corporation, which formed via the merger of Commonwealth Energy and Boston Edison. In addition, Dr. Buckler is the Lead Director of the Nashua Corporation, the Aseco Corporation and the Micrologic and Parlex Corporation.
After receiving his bachelor's degree from New York University in 1951, Dr. Buckler traveled to Columbia University to obtain his Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1954. While in service with the U.S. Army (1954-1956), Dr. Buckler received his Post-Doctoral at the University of Maryland. In 1956, Dr. Buckler joined American Cyanamid Co., Basic Research and worked there for six years, until he moved to AMF, Innovation Group. Two years later, Dr. Buckler left AMF, Innovation Group to work for the Polaroid Corporation. During his 30-year service to Polaroid Corporation, he held many responsibilities such as Vice President, Research; Founder, Battery and Chemical Operations; General Manager, Industrial Imaging Business; Initiator, Ventures in Soviet Union and China; and then retired as Vice Chairman. From 1995-1999, Buckler served as Chairman for the Commonwealth Energy Corporation.
The author of more than 25 publications in basic chemistry and business subjects, Dr. Buckler has been awarded 37 U.S. patents and numerous related foreign patents. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa, the American Chemical Society, and Whitehead Institute Board of Associates. In 1998, he received the Maurice Holland Award of the Industrial Research Institute for best paper in their Journal.
Dr. Uma Chowdhry is Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus (CSTO) at DuPont, a position she assumed in September 2010 after declaring her retirement at the end of this year. She was senior vice president and chief science and technology officer at DuPont from 2006-2010.
Uma joined DuPont in 1977 as a research scientist. She subsequently took on various research and management roles, and in December 2004, she assumed responsibility for the company’s core research programs. In June 2006 Uma was appointed CSTO, a position that made her responsible for all the company’s market-driven science and technology-based innovations and one that earned her the distinction of becoming the first woman to be appointed CSTO at a Dow 30 company.
In 1996, Chowdhry was elected as a member of National Academy of Engineering. She received a B.S. in physics from the Indian Institute of Science, Mumbai University, an M.S. in engineering science from Caltech, and a Ph.D. in materials science from MIT.
Dr. Delores M. Etter, Ph.D., holds the Texas Instruments Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and serves as the Director, Caruth Institute for Engineering Education, Electrical Engineering Department, at Southern Methodist University (SMU) in Dallas, Texas. Etter joined the SMU faculty in June 2008 and holds a joint appointment in the Computer Science Department and is a Senior Fellow of the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies.
Etter previously held the Office of Naval Research Distinguished Chair in the Electrical/ Computer Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy where she served as a member of their faculty from 2001 to 2008. She is a former member of the Electrical/Computer Engineering Departments at the University of Colorado, Boulder (1990-98) and at the University of New Mexico (1980-89).
Etter also has held two senior executive positions in the Department of Defense. As Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition (ASN RDA) from 2005 through 2007, Etter was the Senior Acquisition Executive for the Navy and the Marine Corps. She was also the Senior Acquisition Executive for several joint programs including the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) and the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Vehicle (MRAP). From 1998 through 2001, Etter served as the Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology.
She is a recipient of the Department of the Navy Distinguished Public Service Award, the Secretary of Defense Outstanding Public Service Medal, and the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal among other national awards and honors.
Gen. McCorkle, recently retired Deputy Commandant for Aviation Headquarters, Marine Corps, Washington D.C., began his military career as a naval aviator in 1969. He served in Vietnam and flew over 1,500 combat missions. Throughout his career he has accumulated over 6,400 flight hours in more than 50 different series of aircraft.
The General’s assignments, accomplishments and decorations are numerous and include the Distinguished Flying Cross, The Purple Heart, the Air Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal and the Navy Achievement Medal.
James J. Morris retired from The Boeing Company at the end of 2006 after a 35-year career spanning commercial airplanes, helicopters, tilt-rotors and strategic missiles in roles ranging from technology, engineering, flight test, manufacturing and supplier management to program management and joint venture management assignments. In his last assignment at Boeing, he served as Vice President of Engineering and Manufacturing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
Prior to this assignment, Morris led the Commercial Airplanes Supplier Management organization where he was responsible for all purchasing and internal parts production for Boeing Commercial jetliners. In addition, Morris previously served as Vice President for Twin Aisle Airplanes with responsibility for the 747, 767 and 777 programs, as well as Vice President for U.S. Army Programs and Military Rotorcraft.
Mickey Pohl is the worldwide Head of the Product Liability and Tort Litigation Practice at Jones Day, one of the world’s largest law firms. He is resident in the Firm’s Pittsburgh Office. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in three separate categories: Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, and Product Liability Litigation. He has tried a wide variety of jury and non-jury cases across the United States and has extensive appellate experience. He has also represented and advised numerous clients in litigation matters in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and Australia.
Mickey graduated from Princeton University in 1970, served in the U.S. Marine Corps (1971-1972) and in 1975 graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. He was the law clerk to Justice Samuel J. Roberts of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (1975-1976) Term.
He is the Vice Chairman of the Rand Corporation’s Institute for Civil Justice and a member of the American Law Institute. He serves on the Board of the Foundation Maria Thron in Austria and other civic and charitable boards. He was the Chairman of the 2007 United States Open golf championship.
As the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Rolls-Royce North America Inc. (RRNA), William T. Powers is responsible for the management and direction of all finance functions including headquarters, accounting, financial service center, treasury and cash management, corporate development, business assurance, corporate risk management, taxation and sales finance. He has held this position since July 2000. Prior to this time, Powers served as the Director, Mergers & Acquisitions for Rolls-Royce plc, as well as the Chief Executive of Rolls-Royce Capital Ltd., both of London. Other experience includes Vice President, Customer Finance for RRNA and Assistant Vice President, Aerospace Industry Unit for Barclays Bank.
In addition to his position with RRNA, Powers serves on the Board of Exostar Inc. and Pembroke Group Inc. With a master’s degree in Business Administration, Banking & Finance from the Lubin School of Business at Pace University, Powers has a B.S. in Economics from Villanova University.
James P. Rogers is President of Eastman Chemical Company and head of the company’s Chemicals & Fibers Business Group.
He was born on March 23, 1951 in Betheseda, Maryland. He graduated with High Distinction and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia with a B.A. degree in psychology in 1973. In 1983, he received an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
From 1973 through 1980, Rogers served in the United States Navy as a naval aviator, flying off of the U.S.S. Eisenhower, and achieving the rank of Lieutenant.
After receiving his MBA in 1983, Rogers joined Morgan Guaranty Trust Company and over the next four years rose to the level of Vice President in Corporate Finance. While there, he was involved in large credit facilities, along with financings for mergers and acquisitions and LBO transactions.
In 1987, Rogers joined Amphenol Corporation, an LBO in the electronic connector industry, as Treasurer.
In 1992, Rogers joined GAF Corporation/International Specialty Products, Inc. as VP & Treasurer. GAF is the nation’s largest roofing manufacturer; International Specialty Products was a NYSE-traded specialty chemicals company. A year later in 1993, Rogers became Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of GAF. At the same time, he served as Executive Vice President, Finance, of International Specialty Products, Inc. He held these positions until joining Eastman in August 1999.
He was named Executive Vice President of Eastman Chemical Company and President of Eastman Division in November 2003, the position he held at the time of his current appointment.
Rogers serves on the LORD Corporation Board of Directors. LORD Corporation is a private technology company. Locally, he serves as President of the Executive Board of the Sequoyah Council, Boy Scouts of America. He has a wife, Laura, and two daughters, Kate and Jessie.
McNeel joined LORD as president and CEO in 2002. In 2011, he was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors for LORD.
Under McNeel’s leadership, LORD developed and expanded manufacturing plants in China and Germany as well as established regional headquarters in Geneva and Hong Kong to support the sales growth in the European and Asia-Pacific regions. In addition, McNeel led a major acquisition in 2006 to consolidate LORD Corporation’s leading global position in the rubber-to-substrate adhesive market and has divested non-core businesses.
McNeel started his career in the chemical industry with Amoco Chemical and Amoco Corporation in 1970, where he held a variety of positions. Before joining LORD, he was group vice president for BP Chemicals in London, U.K. Prior to that, he was group vice president, Chemical Intermediates Amoco Chemicals; group vice president, Polymers, Amoco Chemicals; and president, Amoco Performance Products, Inc. He holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nebraska and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
McNeel currently serves on a number of boards and committees including the University of Nebraska Engineering College (Advisory Board Member), Regional Transportation Alliance Planning Committee (Vice Chair), U.S. Chamber of Commerce International Policy Committee (Member), Aerospace Industries Association (Board of Governors) and the Nöel Group (Advisory Board).
Jack De Leon, Chief Operating Officer, joined LORD Corporation in 2003 as Vice President, Marketing and Business Development. In 2005 he was appointed Vice President, Marketing and Sales. In 2008 he was appointed Vice President, Global Business Management. Throughout his business career, De Leon has worked with leading-edge companies to develop and deliver technical solutions to global customers to improve the productivity of their manufacturing and processing operations or the performance of their end products.
He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Military Foundation and on the Leadership Team of the Regional Transportation Alliance.
De Leon joined LORD from Rockwell Automation Control Systems where he served in a variety of executive leadership positions in marketing, business development and general management. Prior to Rockwell Automation, he held progressive manufacturing, marketing and sales management positions at Texas Instruments.
He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Open Device Vendors Association and ControlNet International as well as the Strategic Advisory Board for IEEE.
Prior to his business career, De Leon served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned Air Defense Artillery officer, serving in Germany and the U.S. as a platoon leader, battery executive officer and battalion assistant operations officer. De Leon earned a B.S. in Engineering from the United States Military Academy and a M.S. in Engineering Management from the University of Tennessee.
Sharon A. Williams, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Market Development, joined LORD Corporation in 1989 as a Laboratory Technician in the LORD Chemlok Adhesives Technical Service Area in Erie, Pa. Over the next decade, she took on assignments of increasing responsibility, interacting with customers in roles across the company’s adhesive business and serving in various Global Market Manager positions from 2000-2002.
Williams served as Manager of the company’s Sales and Automotive division from 2002- 2003, leading the establishment of LORD Corporation’s Automotive Technical Center in Wixom, Michigan. In 2004, she was named Global Market Manager of the company’s Industrial Mechanical Parts business; she has held Director-level business management positions since 2005. Williams was named Director of the company’s European Region in 2006, when she spearheaded the company’s transition to its Geneva, Switzerland-based European headquarters. In 2008, Williams was appointed Vice President of Europe for LORD Corporation. In 2009, she returned to the company’s worldwide headquarters in North Carolina and was named Vice President of Strategic Planning and Services.
Williams received her B.S. in Secondary Education, Chemistry, from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania and completed additional coursework equivalent to a B.S. in Chemistry at The Behrend College at Pennsylvania State Erie. She earned her MBA from Duke University in 1999 and most recently participated in The Executive Program at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.
Edward L. Auslander serves as president and CEO of LORD Corporation, a position he assumed in January 2013. Founded in 1924, LORD Corporation is a privately-held company that serves the automotive, aerospace and defense, general industrial, and electronics markets. With global headquarters in Cary, N.C., LORD has a presence in 25 countries and 2012 forecast revenues of $860 million. LORD is a leading global provider of adhesives, coatings, electronic chemicals, and mechanical and electro-mechanical systems that control noise, vibration and motion.
Auslander began his career at LORD in 1984 under the student Co-op Program and has held numerous management and leadership positions across the Company throughout his career. Auslander served in managerial positions in the Aerospace, Industrial, and Chemical Products groups, including overseas assignments in France (Industrial Products Sales Manager, Europe) and England (Thermoset Products Sales Manager, Europe). Auslander returned to the United States in 2007 and held successive leadership positions, including as Global Business Director, Elastomer Process Materials, and Global Business Director, Aerospace Parts & Assemblies and Electro-Mechanical Systems. Most recently, Auslander served as Vice President, Global Business Management, with global profit and loss responsibility for all of the Company's Value Streams.
Auslander holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and an MBA from the Pennsylvania State University. He most recently graduated from the Chicago Booth Executive Institute in 2009. Auslander is an active member of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce, the North Carolina New Schools Project’s Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Council, the Aerospace Industries Association, and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Mark Boris, Vice President, Global Human Resources, is responsible for leadership of all Human Resource initiatives in the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe.
Boris joined LORD Corporation in 1986 as an Employee Relations Representative. He became Manager, Human Resources, in 1988, and then Manager, Labor Relations in 1993. In 1996, Boris was appointed Manager, Customer Service for the company’s Mechanical Products Division. He returned to the Human Resource organization in 1998 as Division Manager, Human Resources, Mechanical Products Division. Boris was then appointed Director, Human Resources in 2003.
Boris is a graduate of Mercyhurst College and received his MBA from Gannon University.
William J. Cerami joined LORD Corporation in 1976. During his 33 years at LORD, he has held numerous positions within the Corporation in the areas of Labor Relations, Plant Manager and Director at various LORD facilities. Most recently, he was Global Business Director, Aerospace and Electromechanical Systems. In 2005-2006, he served as Chairperson for Bell Helicopter’s Supplier Advisory Board. In 2009, Cerami was appointed Vice President, Europe.
Cerami received his B.S. in Business and Industrial Relations from The Pennsylvania State University Park. He also received his MBA from Gannon University.
Will Hinkston was appointed Vice President of Global Operations Development for LORD Corporation in December 2011. He joined LORD Corporation in 1988 as Controller of the Industrial Products Division, became Manager of Industrial Products Manufacturing in 1990, and in 1993 was appointed to the position of Manufacturing Manager for Mechanical Products which included direct responsibility for all Industrial and Aerospace manufacturing facilities, Quality, Materials Management and Supply Chain. Will became Director, Global Operations for the Mechanical Products Division in 2000 which added international manufacturing responsibility to his prior position. In 2003, Will was named a Corporate Officer and Vice President of Global Operations for the Company and in 2008 became Vice President of Global Supply Chain.
Prior to his employment with LORD Corporation, Will was employed by Bausch and Lomb for 15 years where he held several manufacturing and financial positions including Plant Manager and Vice President/Controller for the Optical Systems Division. He is on the Board of the National Association of Manufacturers and is a Senior Member of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers. He received a B.S. in Accounting from St. John Fisher College, and an MBA from the Rochester Institute of Technology.
Joseph W. Marotta, President Europe, joined LORD in 1997 as Sales Manager, Auto Industry, Chemical Products. He has served as Director of Marketing, Chemical Products; Global Business Director, Automotive; Director, International Business; and, most recently, Vice President, Global Business Management. Prior to joining LORD, he was President of Teroson, Inc., a subsidiary of Henkel, and served as General Manager of Automotive Chemicals for W.R. Grace & Co.
Marotta earned his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Ohio State University. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of several LORD-affiliated companies, and the Board of Directors of the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Lane R. Miller, Vice President, Global Technology, joined LORD in May 1979, as a research engineer and was promoted to Research Manager, Active Systems in 1986. Advancing to Director, Mechanical R&D in 1991, Lane led LORD Corporation’s initial commercialization activity for electromechanical products. He became Director, Mechanical & Process Technology assuming responsibility for all mechanical product R&D and process development in August 2003. In 2007, Lane was promoted to Vice President, Global Technology for all of LORD Corporation. In his organization there are more than 300 engineers, scientists and technicians that support the company’s technologies in adhesives, coatings, vibration attenuation and motion control.
Lane received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Pa.; a Master of Engineering in Engineering Science from The Pennsylvania State University, Behrend Campus; and Ph.D. degree in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He holds more than 15 patents in active control of vibration.
Jonathan D. Oechsle was appointed Vice President, Legal and Secretary in 2005 and is responsible for all aspects of the legal function of the Corporation. Jon joined LORD in August 2003 as Senior Attorney and was later appointed Assistant Secretary. Jon was previously with Diosynth RTP, a contract manufacturer of pharmaceutical ingredients, where he served as General Counsel and member of the Executive Management Committee. Prior to Diosynth, Jon served as Senior Counsel of Marketing, Mergers and Acquisitions and Core Legal Services for Nortel Networks in Nashville, Tennessee and Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition, Jon began his legal career in private practice with the Business and Environmental Law sections of Moore & Van Allen, PLLC in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jon received his JD from the College of William and Mary, and BA in Government and Foreign Affairs/Communications Studies from the University of Virginia. He is licensed to the practice of law in the state of North Carolina.
Tesa L. Oechsle, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer, has responsibility for all of the financial activities of the Corporation including accounting, auditing, insurance, tax and treasury, as well as financial/business analysis and planning. Tesa was appointed to the position of Assistant Vice President, Finance, in June 2006 and most recently was appointed Treasurer in January 2008.
Tesa joined LORD in 1998 as Manager, Reporting and Analysis, and has held roles of increasing responsibility as Senior Financial Executive and Director, Analysis and Planning. Tesa previously served as Chief Financial & Administrative Officer with Thermoset Plastics, Inc. and as a Sr. Staff Accountant with Somerset CPAs, a public accounting firm, both located in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Tesa attended Western Kentucky University and completed her studies at Campbellsville University earning a B.S. degree in Business/Accounting. She earned her CPA in 1991 and received her MBA from the University of North Carolina in 2006.
Rebecca Williams was appointed President Asia Pacific for LORD Corporation in May 2012. She began her career at LORD in 1979 as Material and Process Engineer in Erie, Pa. In 1984, she joined the Aerospace Product Design group and subsequently held engineering and management positions in design, manufacturing, sales and marketing in the company’s aerospace business.
In 2005, Williams was made Director of Marketing Communications and Customer Service and in 2007, Director of Marketing and Sales for Electronics and Automotive Markets in North America. In 2009 she was named Director of Elastomer Process Materials Value Stream. Most recently, she was the Vice President of Global Marketing & Business Development.
She received her B.S. in Chemical Engineering and MBA from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Douglas W. Lorenz is Vice President, Global Business Management at LORD Corporation. His responsibilities encompass strategic planning, global profit and loss management across all Value Streams, global sourcing, and marketing and program management.
Lorenz joined LORD in 2000 as Manager of Business Analysis. He has since served as Director, Operations & Technology, China; Director, Marketing & Sales, Automotive and Industrial Business, China; Director, Aerospace Marketing & Sales, Americas; and, most recently, Global Business Director, Aerospace & Defense, a position to which he was appointed in 2010. As part of a corporate effort to expand globally, Lorenz spent three years in Shanghai, China, where he led a team of 200 employees, and helped grow the Chinese region of LORD by 300 percent while gaining operational and supply chain experience in both chemical and mechanical plants.
Prior to joining LORD, Lorenz was responsible for business development at MapInfo, a public software company, and was Operations Manager for a startup composites/construction materials company. Lorenz began his career in test manufacturing at IBM.
He earned a Bachelor’s of Science in chemical engineering and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s oldest technological institute, located in Troy, NY. He most recently graduated from the Chicago Booth Executive Institute in 2011.
Lorenz serves on the North Carolina New Schools Project's Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Excellence Council, and he was named the 2013 executive sponsor for the United Way of the Greater Triangle. He resides in Holly Springs, N.C. with his wife, Leslie, and their daughters, Jordan and Abby.