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Ronald C. Cambre

Mr. Cambre is retired Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Newmont Mining Corporation. He joined Newmont as Vice Chairman and CEO in 1993, and retired as CEO in 2000 and as Chairman in 2001. He served as Chairman of the Board of McDermott International, Inc. and as a director of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. until 2011.  Mr. Cambre has been a Grace director since 1998. 

Gregory E. Poling

Mr. Poling will serve as President and Chief Executive Officer of GCP Applied Technologies Inc. Until separation, he will continue as President and Chief Operating Officer of Grace, responsible for the company's three business segments: Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies, and Grace Construction Products, as well as Operations.  Mr. Poling's tenure with Grace began in 1977. He has held positions in sales, marketing, business development, and general management across all of Grace's business segments. In 1999, he was appointed Vice President and General Manager of Grace's silica products business worldwide. In 2003, he was named President of the Specialty Materials business. In 2005, Mr. Poling became President of Grace Davison (one of the company's two operating segments at the time) and Vice President of W. R. Grace & Co. In 2011, he was elected to his current role.

Marcia J. Avedon

Dr. Avedon is the Senior Vice President of Human Resources, Communications, and Corporate Affairs for Ingersoll Rand, a global diversified industrial company. In this role, she leads global human resources, public affairs, corporate social responsibility, communications, and brand management. Dr. Avedon has strong business operating experience across industrial, healthcare, consumer products, and professional services sectors, having led through large-scale organizational change, including mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and spin-offs. She served as a director of Lincoln National Corporation, and currently serves on the boards of several policy, professional, and nonprofit organizations. Dr. Avedon is the inaugural chair of the University of South Carolina's Center for Executive Succession and chairs the Board of Advisors for the Belk College of Business, University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Janice K. Henry

Ms. Henry served Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. as Senior Vice President and Treasurer until 2006 and Chief Financial Officer until 2005. After her retirement in 2006, she provided consulting services to the company until 2009. She served as a director of North American Galvanizing and Coatings, Inc. until its acquisition in 2010 by AZZ Incorporated; as a director of Inco Limited until its acquisition in 2006 by CVRD; and as a director of Cliffs Natural Resources Inc. until 2014.  Ms. Henry has been a director of Grace since 2012.

Phillip J. Mason

Mr. Mason was President, EMEA Sector at Ecolab, Inc., where he led the company's $2.7 billion business in the region until his retirement in December 2012. Previously, he served as President, International Sector, and Senior Vice President, Strategic Planning at Ecolab, to which he had returned in 2004. From 1997 to 2004, he served as President, HPR Partners, part of the HAVI Group, an 8,000-employee portfolio of businesses in the supply chain, packaging, and marketing industries.  Previously, he held a variety of leadership positions at Ecolab, beginning in the mid-1980s.  Mr. Mason has served on the board of Lincoln Electric Holdings since 2013.

Elizabeth Mora

Ms. Mora is the Chief Financial Officer, Vice President for Finance and Administration, and Treasurer for the Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge.  She has a wide breadth of financial, audit, risk management, and financial control experience. She is the former Chief Financial Officer of Harvard University, with its large endowment, $3 billion annual operating budget, and 15,000 employees.  In her 12 years at Harvard, she was a leader in research administration, the business side of information technology, and a key liaison between the university and government partners including OMB, NIH, NSF, DoD, and the various Offices of Inspectors General. She is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and spent nine years in public accounting and consulting at PricewaterhouseCoopers in PWC's National Regulatory Consulting Practice.  She has been serving as a director of MKS Instruments since 2012. 

Danny R. Shepherd

Mr. Shepherd is former Vice Chairman of Vulcan Materials Company, which he joined in 1973 and served in a number of capacities before leaving in 1993 to build a lime and limestone business, ultimately serving as President of Global Stone Corp. He rejoined Vulcan in 2002, eventually serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer before being named Vice Chairman in 2013.  He has over 40 years of executive, operations, and commercial leadership experience with public companies, spanning P&L management, corporate strategy, business development, mergers and acquisitions, investor relations, capital planning, organization structure, and succession planning. He is a director of Beazer Homes USA. ​​He has previously served on the Boards of Directors of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; National Ready Mix Concrete Association; National Lime Association; and Pulverized Minerals Association.