Board of Directors

OMNOVA Solutions’ Corporate Governance Guidelines require that a majority of directors meet the criteria for independence set forth in the New York Stock Exchange listing standards. The Board reviews the independence of its members on an annual basis.  Presently, the Board has determined that each of its directors (other than Ms. Noonan) is independent and that none has a material relationship with the company in accordance with those listing standards.

  • David J. D'Antoni

    Mr. D’Antoni has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2003. His current term expires in 2019. He is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Safety, Health, Environmental and Security Committees.
     
    Mr. D’Antoni served as the Senior Vice President (from 1988) and Group Operating Officer (from 1999) of Ashland Inc., a specialty chemical, energy, and transportation construction company, until his retirement in 2004. Prior to that, Mr. D'Antoni served as President of Ashland Paving and Construction, Inc. and as President of Ashland Chemical Company.
  • Joseph M. Gingo

    Mr. Gingo has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2015. His current term expires in 2020. He is a member of the Audit and Safety, Health, Environmental and Security Committees.

    Mr. Gingo has served as the Chairman of the Board of A.Schulman, Inc., an international supplier of plastic compounds and resins, since 2008. In August 2016, Mr. Gingo was also named A. Schulman’s President and Chief Executive Officer (having previously served in those roles from 2008 to 2014). Prior to working at A. Schulman, Mr. Gingo was employed with the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company for over 40 years in a variety of executive, senior management, and innovation and product management roles.

  • Janet Plaut Giesselman

    Ms. Giesselman has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2015. Her current term expires in 2018. She is the Chairperson of the Compensation and Organization Committeee and a member of the Executive Committee.
     
    Ms. Giesselman is the retired President and General Manager of Dow Oil & Gas, a business unit of The Dow Chemical Company, a global manufacturer of agriculture, energy, specialty and commodity chemicals. From 2001 to 2010, she held numerous senior leadership positions throughout the organization and across geographies. Before joining Dow, Ms. Giesselman held various leadership positions in sales, marketing, and strategic planning with Rohm & Hass Company, a specialty and performance materials company. Currently, Ms. Giessleman is an independent consultant focusing on strategic planning and execution for companies with international growth objectives.
  • Michael J. Merriman

    Mr. Merriman has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2008. His current term expires in 2020. He is the Chairperson of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and a member of the Compensation and Organization and Executive Committees.
     
    Since 2008, Mr. Merriman has been an Operating Advisor for Resilience Capital Partners LLC, a leading private equity firm investing across a range of industries. From 2006 through 2007, Mr. Merriman was the Chief Executive Officer of The Lamson & Sessions Co., a manufacturer of thermoplastic conduit, fittings, and electrical switch and outlet boxes. Previously, Mr. Merriman was Chief Financial Officer of American Greetings Corporation, a consumer products company, from 2005 to 2006. Prior to that, from 1995 until 2004, he was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Appliance Mfg. Co./ Dirt Devil Inc.
  • James A. Mitarotonda

    Mr. Mitarotonda has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2015. His current term expires in 2020. He is a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation and Organization Committees.

    Mr. Mitarotonda has been the Chairman of the Board, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Barington Capital Group, L.P., an investment firm, since 1991, and of Barington Companies Investors, LLC, the general partner of Barington Companies Equity Partners, L.P., a value-oriented, activist investment fund, since 1999. Barington and its affiliates have extensive experience investing in industrial and specialty chemicals companies, including Ameron International, Stewart & Stevenson Services, Griffon Corporation, Gerber Scientific, The Eastern Company, Spartech Corporation, and A. Schulman, Inc.

  • Anne P. Noonan

    Ms. Noonan has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since December 2016. Her current term expires in 2018.

    Ms. Noonan has been President and Chief Executive Officer of OMNOVA Solutions since December 1, 2016.  She joined OMNOVA in 2014 as President of its Performance Chemicals business segment. Prior to OMNOVA, Ms. Noonan spent 27 years at Chemtura Corporation, a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals. She most recently served as Senior Vice President and President of Chemtura’s Industrial Engineered Products business. Previously, she held a dual role as Vice President of Strategic Business Development for Chemtura and President of its Great Lakes Solutions business. During her tenure with Chemtura, Ms. Noonan held leadership roles across a wide range of disciplines, from strategic marketing to product development and innovation, to mergers and acquisitions and general management. 

  • Steven W. Percy

    Mr. Percy has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 1999. His current term expires in 2019. He is the Chairperson of the Audit Committee and a member of the Executive Committee​.

    Prior to his retirement in 1999, Mr. Percy had been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BP America Inc., an international energy company, since 1996. Over a twenty-three year career with BP, he held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in the United States and Europe, including as chief executive of BP Finance International and BP Oil. From July 2012 to June 2013, Mr. Percy served as the Interim Dean of the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University.

  • Larry B. Porcellato

    Mr. Porcellato has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2008. His current term expires in 2018. He is the Chairperson of the Safety, Health, Environmental and Security Committee and a member of the Executive Committee.

    From 2009 to 2014, Mr. Porcellato was the Chief Executive Officer of The Homax Group, Inc., a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture, and marketing of do-it-yourself, construction, and specialty coatings products. From 2002 to 2007, he was the Chief Executive Officer of ICI Paints North America, a division of Imperial Chemical Industries PLC, and from 2000 to 2002 was Executive Vice President and General Manager, ICI Paint Stores, North America. Previously, he held executive and leadership roles with Stanley Mechanics Tools and Rubbermaid Incorporated.

  • Allan R. Rothwell

    Mr. Rothwell has been a director of OMNOVA Solutions since 2010. His current term expires in 2019. He is a member of the Audit and Safety, Health, Environmental and Security Committees.

    In 2006, Mr. Rothwell retired as Executive Vice President of Eastman Chemical Company, a global manufacturer and distributor of chemicals, fibers, and plastics. From 2002 until his retirement, Mr. Rothwell also served as President of Eastman’s Voridian division. During his career with Eastman, Mr. Rothwell held a variety of executive and senior management roles, including as Chief Financial Officer and President of various divisions.

  • William R. Seelbach

    Mr. Seelbach was elected Chairman of the Board of OMNOVA Solutions as of December 1, 2016. He has been a director of OMNOVA since 2002. His current term expires in 2020. He is the Chairperson of the Executive Committee and a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance and Compensation and Organization Committees.

    Since 2007, Mr. Seelbach has been an Operating Partner and now a Senior Advisor with the Riverside Company, the world's largest private equity firm focused on investing in companies at the smaller end of the middle market, and a Senior Managing Director of Headwaters SC, a consulting firm for privately owned businesses, since 2014. Previously, Mr. Seelbach was the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Ohio Aerospace Institute, a technology-focused research organization, from 2003 through 2006. Prior to that, he was the President of Brush Engineered Materials, Inc., now known as Materion Corporation, a manufacturer of high performance engineered materials, and held various executive roles with Brush Wellman, Inc., from 1998 to 2002. Mr. Seelbach was also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Inverness Partners, a limited liability company engaged in acquiring and operating Midwestern manufacturing companies, and a Partner with McKinsey & Co.