Veteran leadership with broad industry experience committed to your success.
Averaging 25 years of experience, our Executive Board and Independent Directors provide the expertise to help CSW Industrials and our portfolio companies achieve excellent business performance and financial results.
Joseph B. Armes has served as the Company’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer since September 2015. Prior to the Company’s spin-off from Capital Southwest Corporation, a capital provider to middle market companies, in September 2015, Mr. Armes served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Capital Southwest Corporation from June 2013 to September 2015. He served as Chairman of the Capital Southwest Corporation board of directors until August of 2017, a position he held since January 2014. Since December 2013, Mr. Armes has served as a board member and as audit committee chairman for RSP Permian, Inc., an independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company. From 2005 to 2010, Mr. Armes served as the Chief Operating Officer of Hicks Holdings LLC, a private investment firm. Prior to 2005, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of Hicks Sports Group, LLC, an owner and manager of various professional sports teams. Rangers Equity Holdings GP LLC, a subsidiary of Hicks Sports Group LLC, had an involuntary bankruptcy petition filed against it in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas on May 28, 2010. He also previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Suiza Foods Corporation (now Dean Foods Company), a publicly traded food and beverage company, and as Vice President and General Counsel of The Morningstar Group, Inc., a publicly traded food and beverage company.
Gregg W. Branning has served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since June 2016. From September 2012 to March 2016, he served as Senior Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Secretary of Myers Industries, Inc., a polymer products manufacturer. From December 2008 to August 2012, he served as Vice President Finance and Chief Financial Officer for Thomson Industries, a subsidiary of Danaher Corporation.
Christopher J. Mudd has served as President and Chief Operating Officer of the Company since September 2015. Prior to the Company’s spin-off from Capital Southwest Corporation, a capital provider to middle market companies, in September 2015, he served as Senior Vice President, Operations of Capital Southwest from January 2015 to September 2015. From 2003 to December 2014, Mr. Mudd served as president and general manager at Dexco Polymers LP, a joint venture of Dow Chemical and ExxonMobil, which was acquired in 2011 by TSRC Corporation, a publicly traded chemical company. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Mudd was the Senior Commercial Manager for Energy and Fuels at Dow Hydrocarbons and Resources. Prior to 1998, he served in various positions of increasing responsibility at The Dow Chemical Company.
Luke E. Alverson has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since February 2016. From May 2008 to February 2016, he held roles of increasing responsibility with Flowserve Corporation, a leading global manufacturer of fluid motion control products and provider of related services, serving most recently as Vice President, Corporate Legal Services and Assistant Secretary. Prior to 2008, Mr. Alverson was associated with the law firms of Vinson & Elkins, LLP in Dallas, Texas, and Hallett & Perrin, P.C., in Dallas, Texas.
Don J. Sullivan has served as the Senior Vice President & General Manager, Industrial Products of the Company since January 2016. From May 2015 to January 2016, Mr. Sullivan was the Chief Operating Officer for RectorSeal, one of the Company’s operating subsidiaries. From October 2010 to April 2015, he served as Division President of Goodman Global, a member of the Daikin Group, a leading global HVAC manufacturer. Prior to 2005, Mr. Sullivan held a variety of management positions at Carrier Corporation, a leading heating, air-conditioning and refrigeration solutions company, including sales, product management and general management.
Craig J. Foster has served as Senior Vice President & General Manager, Specialty Chemicals since January of 2016. From June 2015 to August 2015, Mr. Foster was Vice President and General Manager, Elastomers Division, at Zeon Chemicals, a Japanese specialty chemicals company. From 1995 to June 2015, he served in positions of increasing responsibility with Flint Group, a specialty chemicals company serving food packaging and publications industries, where he was most recently regional president of China and India, president of EMEA and president of pigments, chips and resins. While at Flint Group, Mr. Foster also served as the functional executive responsible for the global operations of the company. Prior to his time at Flint, Mr. Foster served as purchasing supervisor at Akzo Nobel Coatings and also served in the U.S. Navy within the Nuclear Submarine Force and the Naval Mobile Construction Force.