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Management Team

Peter T. Thomas | Jeffrey L. Rutherford | Mark H. Duesenberg | JoseTortajada;

Peter T. Thomas
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

Peter Thomas has been President and Chief Executive Officer and a director of the Company's Board since April 2013.  He was appointed to the additional role of Board Chairman in April 2014.  

Mr. Thomas had been Operating Vice President of Ferro's Polymer and Ceramic Engineered Materials Group, which includes its Polymer Additives, Specialty Plastics, Tile Coatings, Porcelain Enamel, and Pharmaceuticals businesses. He began his career with Ferro in 2000 as Director of Sales for Polymer Additives. He has held increasingly responsible positions, including Commercial Director for Performance and Fine Chemicals, then Operating Vice President for the Company’s Organic Specialties businesses..

Prior to joining Ferro, Mr. Thomas was Vice President of the Oleochemical-Derivatives business unit for Witco Corporation. He also held positions as Vice President of Sales and Global Market Director. Before joining Witco, he was Executive Vice President for Inland Leidy Chemical Distribution, Business Manager for GAF Corporation, and prior to that with Noxell Corporation.

Mr. Thomas earned his Master of Business Administration degree in marketing from Loyola University, Baltimore, Maryland, and his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is Ferro's executive contact for the American Chemistry Council.

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Jeffrey L. Rutherford
Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Jeffrey L. Rutherford joined Ferro as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in April 2012.  He is responsible for Ferro’s financial operations, including accounting, treasury, tax, budgeting, investor relations, corporate development, and internal audit. He also is responsible for the Company's Information Services (IS) operations.

Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Rutherford served as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Park-Ohio Holdings Corp., an industrial supply chain logistics and diversified manufacturing business, since 2008. From 2007 until 2008, he served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of UAP Holding Corp., an independent distributor of agricultural inputs and professional non-crop products. UAP was sold to Agrium Inc. in 2008.  Mr. Rutherford previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer of LESCO, Inc., a provider of professional turf care products from 2005 to 2007, and as LESCO’s Chief Financial Officer from 2002 to 2005. LESCO was sold to John Deere & Co. in 2007.  From 1998 to 2002, he was Senior Vice President, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer of OfficeMax, Inc., an office products company.  Prior to joining OfficeMax, he spent 14 years with the accounting firm Arthur Andersen & Co.

Mr. Rutherford earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration/Accounting from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio.

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Mark H. Duesenberg
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mark H. Duesenberg is Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, with responsibility for the legal affairs of Ferro Corporation and its subsidiaries worldwide. 

Prior to joining Ferro in 2008, Mr. Duesenberg served as Executive Director, Legal and Government Affairs for Lenovo Group Ltd. in Washington, DC, and as Lenovo’s Legal Director—Europe, Middle East and Africa, in London.  From 1999 to 2005, he held positions of increasing responsibility in the law department of Invensys plc, in London. In 1998-1999, Mr. Duesenberg was general counsel for a development-stage company. Prior to his corporate law roles, Mr. Duesenberg was an attorney at Hughes Hubbard & Reed and the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, DC, and served as a law clerk to the Hon. Pasco Bowman of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit.

Mr. Duesenberg received his Juris Doctorate degree from Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and a bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana.

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Jose Tortajada
Vice President, Human Resources

José (Pepe) was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, in March 2016, with worldwide responsibility for the Company’s human resources function. 

 Mr. Tortajada joined Ferro’s operation in Spain in 1999, and earned positions of increasing responsibility in Europe.  Before being named to his current role, he served as HR Director for Europe/Middle East/Africa.
Prior to joining Ferro, Mr. Tortajada was Director of Human Resources, Spain and Portugal, at Roche Diagnostics Iberia SA in Barcelona, and he held HR roles at Boehringer Mannheim before it was acquired by Roche Holding AG in 1997.  Previous to Roche, he did HR work at Electrolux Compressors Companies in Spain.  He launched his career in human resources at Hay Management Consultants, Barcelona.

Mr. Tortajada holds an MBA from ESADE, Barcelona and earned his undergraduate degree in Law, with a specialty in Labor Law, from the University of Valencia.


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