Board of Directors

Richard A. Navarre, Chairman of the Board of Directors and President & Chief Executive Officer

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Mr. Navarre has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation since 2018 and President and Chief Executive Officer since 2019. Mr. Navarre served as the President and Chief Commercial Officer of Peabody Energy Corporation from February 2008 until he retired in June 2012. He previously served as Peabody Energy’s Executive Vice President of Corporate Development and Chief Financial Officer from July 2006 to January 2008, and as Chief Financial Officer from October 1999 to June 2008. Mr. Navarre is currently an independent Director, member of the Audit Committee and Chairman of the Conflicts Committee for Natural Resource Partners LP, a diversified natural resource company listed on the New York Stock Exchange; independent Director and Member of the Audit and Nominating & Governance Committees for Arch Coal; and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Civeo Corporation. Previously, Chairman of the Board of Directors of United Coal Company, LLC. He is a member of the Hall of Fame of the College of Business at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the College of Business & Administration and the School of Accountancy of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Mr. Navarre is a Certified Public Accountant and received his B.S. in Accounting from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Matthew F. LeBaron, Lead Independent Director

Mr. LeBaron joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018 and has served as Lead Independent Director since 2019. He previously served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. from 2010 to 2018. Mr. LeBaron is a co-founder of LeBaronBrown Industries, a private investment holding company focused on investing in industrial businesses. He is the Managing Member of LBB Specialties LLC, a specialty chemicals and ingredients distributor. He was previously a Managing Director at American Securities, which he joined in 1999. Mr. LeBaron has previously served on the boards of numerous private and public companies. Previously, Mr. LeBaron was a private equity investor at Bain Capital, Inc. and a consultant at The Boston Consulting Group. He received a B.A. from Amherst College and an M.B.A. from the Harvard Business School.

William E. Conway

Mr. Conway joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018 and previously served as a Chairman of the Board (emeritus) of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. from 2010 to 2018. After he and other investors acquired Best Sand in 1978, Mr. Conway invested in Wedron Silica in 1984, along with Charles D. Fowler and the Wedron Silica management team. In 1986, Best Sand and Wedron Silica then merged to form Fairmount Minerals, which became known as Fairmount Santrol. Mr. Conway served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Best Sand from 1978 until 1984 and Fairmount Minerals from 1984 to 1996. From 1996 until 2010, he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Prior to entering the industrial minerals business in 1978, Mr. Conway held positions with Pickands Mather & Co., Diamond Shamrock Corporation and Midland-Ross Corporation. In addition, he has served as the director of several NYSE companies. Mr. Conway serves on the Boards of Directors of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, University School, and Holden Forest and Gardens. Mr. Conway received a B.S. from Yale University and completed the Executive Program at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kurt Decat

Mr. Decat joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018. Since joining Sibelco in 2015, he has served as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to joining Sibelco, Mr. Decat served for 13 years as the Chief Finance Officer and as a Director of Taminco Corporation, a global specialty chemical company. Earlier in his career, Mr. Decat held a number of finance,procurement and audit positions at Coopers Lybrand, FedEx Corporation, Minit Group and Domo Inc. Mr. Decat holds a master’s degree in commercial engineering and an MBA from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven.

Jean-Luc Deleersnyder

Mr. Deleersnyder joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018 and served as a member of the Unimin Board from 2007 to 2018. Mr. Deleersnyder has been Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco since 2014. Mr. Deleersnyder joined Sibelco in April 2006 and served as CEO Europe and Group Chief Operating Officer prior to his appointment as the Chief Executive Officer of Sibelco in 2014. Prior to joining Sibelco, from 1996 to 2006, he was Executive Vice President of Umicore SA. He started his career at McKinsey & Co., where he worked from 1988 to 1996. Mr. Deleersnyder received an M.S. in Electro-mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Operations Management, both from University of Ghent (Belgium).

Michel Delloye

Mr. Delloye joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018. Mr. Delloye has been a permanent representative of Cytifinance SA on the Board of Directors of Sibelco and the Chairman of the Audit Committee of Sibelco since 2016. He started his career at the audit firm Deloitte Haskins & Sells in 1981, where he worked until 1984. In 1984, he joined Groupe Bruxelles Lambert, a major investment group based in Brussels. Mr. Delloye served as Finance Director of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert from 1986 to 1988, was President of The Lambert Brussels Capital Corporation (New York) from 1988 to 1990, and was General Manager of Groupe Bruxelles Lambert from 1990 to 1992. Between 1992 and 1996, Mr. Delloye was Managing Director (CEO) of RTL Group, the leading European TV and radio group based in Luxembourg. He served as CEO and President of Central Media European Enterprise (London) between 1997 and 1998. Since then, he has been an active long-term investor in medium-size European companies and has served as an independent Board member of several listed and unlisted companies, mainly in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Luxembourg. Mr. Delloye was a Director of Compagnie du Bois Sauvage SA from 2007 to 2011,serving as Chairman during 2010-2011, and served as an independent Director of Telenet Group Holding NV from 2003 until 2015. Mr. Delloye is currently (personally or as representative of Cytifinance) a member of the Board of a number of major companies in Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, including Vandemoortele, Matexi Group, Brederode, Schréder, Cosucra, Adswizz, Beqom and Unified Post, and is the Chair of the Audit Committee of four of those companies. Mr. Delloye received a degree in law from the University of Louvain.

Stephen J. Hadden

Mr. Hadden joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018 and previously served as a Director of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. from 2015 to 2018. Mr. Hadden has over 40 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, having served in various management roles for Texaco Inc., now Chevron Corporation, and more recently as Executive Vice President of Worldwide Exploration and Production for Devon Energy Corporation from 2004 until 2009. Mr. Hadden is currently a Director of Ulterra Drilling Technologies, the leading PDC bit supplier in the U.S., and serves as a Senior Executive Advisor for Tennenbaum Capital Partners, LLC, a leading alternative investment management firm. Previously, Mr. Hadden was a Director of LINN Energy, from 2013 until 2017, and with Berry Petroleum Company from February 2011 until its merger with LINN Energy. Mr. Hadden also served with the following entities: The Advisory Board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers, the Upstream Committee of the American Petroleum Institute, and the Western States Petroleum Association. He has a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from The Pennsylvania State University.

William P. Kelly

Mr. Kelly joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018 and previously served as a Director of Fairmount Santrol Holdings Inc. from 2005 to 2018 where he chaired the Compensation Committee. Mr. Kelly served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Unifrax Corporation from 1996 to 2006. In 2010 to 2015, he served on the Executive Council of American Securities. He is a member of the Operating Council for Kirtland Capital Partners. He is a Board member for privately held Unifrax Corporation and Smart Source Computer Rentals. Mr. Kelly received a B.S. degree in Ceramics Engineering from Alfred University and an M.B.A. from Duquesne University. He also attended the Tuck Executive Program at Dartmouth College.

Jean-Pierre Labroue

Mr. Labroue joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018. Mr. Labroue has served as the permanent representative of Calavon Finance SAS on the Board of Directors of Sibelco since 2017 and as the President of Calavon Finance SAS since its incorporation in May 2017. From December 2012 to December 2016, he served as Group General Counsel and Head of Legal and Compliance of Solvay, an international chemical group, where he also supervised mergers & acquisitions. From 2004 until 2011, he served as Group General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of the international chemical group Rhodia, which was acquired by Solvay in 2011, first supervising the legal function and later also mergers & acquisitions and public affairs. From 1999 to 2004, Mr. Labroue was Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Aventis Pharma SA. From 1989 to 1999, he worked at Rhône-Poulenc, including working in Rhône-Poulenc Chimie’s legal department from 1989 to 1993, working in the American Rhône-Poulenc Rorer’s headquarters in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, from 1993 to 1996 and serving as Vice President & General Counsel, Europe and International of Rhône-Poulenc Rorer from 1996 to 1999. Mr. Labroue began his career in 1988 with the Jeantet & Associés law firm in Paris. Mr. Labroue holds post graduate law degrees from the University of Paris X Nanterre, completed the ESSEC-IMD business school program and obtained an LL.M. degree in corporate law and finance from Widener University.

Olivier Lambrechts

Mr. Lambrechts joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018. Mr. Lambrechts has served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Development of Sibelco since 2016. Prior to joining Sibelco, from 2008 until 2015, Mr. Lambrechts was an Associate, Engagement Manager and Associate Principal at McKinsey & Company, where he served global industrial companies on topics including strategy, organization, M&A and large-scale transformations. From 2003 until 2007, he served as Ph.D. Researcher at K.U. Leuven, where he received a Ph.D. in Applied Economics in 2007. In addition to his Ph.D., Mr. Lambrechts has a master’s degree in Business Engineering.

Jeffrey B. Scofield

Mr. Scofield joined the Board of Directors of Covia Holdings Corporation in 2018. He is a Managing Director and the Chief Operating Officer of Lime Rock Partners, a venture capital and private equity firm focused on the energy industry. Mr. Scofield joined Lime Rock Partners in May 2005, where he focuses on oilfield service and exploration and production opportunities in the oil, gas and coal sectors in North America and select international markets. Prior to joining Lime Rock, he held positions in the investment banking groups of Harrison Lovegrove & Co. and Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette and, following its acquisition, Credit Suisse. Mr. Scofield serves on the Board of Directors of Augustus Energy Partners II, Capstone Natural Resources II, EnerMech, OiLSERV, Revelation Energy, San Jacinto Minerals II, SDI Gas, TEC Well Service, and Wayfinder Resources. Mr. Scofield holds a B.A. degree in Economics from Vanderbilt University.