Management Team

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, he served as 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.

Cameron Berry , EVP, Energy

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Mr. Berry serves as Executive Vice President, Energy, of Covia. In this role, he provides leadership for the Energy business segment, including Sales, Marketing, and Research & Development as well as Supply Chain, and Terminals. Prior to the establishment of Covia, Mr. Berry served as Vice President of Sales for the Oil & Gas division of Unimin. Mr. Berry received a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Calgary.

Andrew Eich, EVP, Chief Financial Officer

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Mr. Eich serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Covia. In this role, he manages is responsible for our Finance, Accounting, Treasury, Investor Relations, Strategy and M&A functions. Prior to the establishment of Covia, Mr. Eich served as Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer and on the Board of Directors of Unimin from June 2016 to May 2018. He also held a variety of roles in corporate finance and investor relations at Aetos Capital and KPMG LLG dating back to 2002. Mr. Eich received a Bachelor of Arts in Management Economics from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Mr. Eich is a CPA (inactive) and CFA charter holder.

Paolo Gennari, EVP, Industrial

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Mr. Gennari serves as Executive Vice President, Industrial, of Covia. In this role, he has business unit P&L responsibility, including direct leadership of Covia’s Industrial Sales, Marketing, and Research & Development Teams. Prior to joining Covia, from 2011-2018, Mr. Gennari held different Sales and Marketing positions of increasing responsibility in the Chemicals industry, most recently serving as Executive Vice President, Global Business Unit, Coatings, Polymers and Chemical Solutions of Sibelco. Mr. Gennari received a Master’s Degree in Industrial Chemistry from Università Degli Studi located in Milan, Italy, and an Executive Master’s Degree in General Management from INSEAD Business School in Fontainebleau, France.

Campbell Jones, EVP, Chief Operating Officer

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Mr. Jones serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer of Covia. In this role, he manages all aspects of Covia’s plants and mines and has direct leadership of the Environmental, Safety, Engineering and Procurement Teams. Prior to the establishment of Covia, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Unimin and served on the Board Directors of Unimin. He also held various Operations related positions at Sibelco including Group Chief Operating Officer, Managing Director and Executive General Manager/Chief Operating Officer dating back to 2000. Mr. Jones received a Bachelor of Engineering in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Chad Reynolds, EVP, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary

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Mr. Reynolds serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Covia. In this role, he is responsible for the company’s Legal and Corporate Governance, Information Technology, Risk Management and Corporate Real Estate functions. Prior to joining Covia, he served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary of Stage Stores in Houston, TX from April 2017 to August 2018. Mr. Reynolds received a Bachelor of Arts from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, Indiana, and a Juris Doctor from the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio.

Brian Richardson, EVP, Chief Transformation Officer

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Mr. Richardson serves as Executive Vice President, Chief Transformation Officer of Covia. In this role, he provides leadership to the Project Management Office, Human Resources and Corporate Communications teams. Mr. Richardson previously served as EVP, Chief Administrative Officer from June 2018 to September 2019 and EVP, Chief People Officer at Fairmount Santrol from 2015 to 2018. Prior to joining the company he was SVP Human Resources (Global Group) at Sherwin-Williams. Mr. Richardson received a B.A. Finance from Baldwin Wallace University and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. Mr. Richardson serves as Chair of the National Board of Directors - Alzheimer’s Association and is a Director and Member of the Executive Committee for United Way of Greater Cleveland.