Compass Minerals announced several personnel changes aligned with a broader strategic effort to create a functional organizational structure designed to drive improved operational performance, ensure long-term growth and deliver shareholder value.
As part of the new structure, the company has appointed George J. Schuller Jr., to the newly created position of chief operations officer responsible for managing all global operations across the company's Salt and Plant Nutrition businesses. Schuller, who will join the company in early September, will work to improve operational excellence throughout the company's mining and production operations to ensure safe and reliable production, as well as to maximize the value of the company's strong asset base.
Schuller brings to Compass Minerals more than three decades of experience working with Peabody in senior management roles in both surface and underground mining operations. He most recently served as president - Australia, where he led Peabody's operating platform, which included overseeing the areas of health, safety, operations, sales and marketing, product delivery and support functions.
The company also has named Brad Griffith to the newly created position of chief commercial officer. In this new role, Griffith will manage all global commercial aspects of the company across the Salt and Plant Nutrition businesses, including sales and marketing, innovation, logistics and customer service.
"With this new functional organizational structure, I am confident Compass Minerals is positioned better than ever to build on our recent investments, harness our strengths and chart a clear path forward for greater success and value creation," said Kevin S. Crutchfield, president and CEO. "The addition of such a highly skilled operational leader as George combined with a strong commercial leader in Brad, should enable us to deliver improved operational results, grow our sales, and double down on our customer focus. These are important steps as we constantly strive to further increase our ability to execute and deliver on our commitments to customers, employees and shareholders."
As a result of these organizational changes, Anthony Sepich, formerly senior vice president, salt and Diana Toman, formerly senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary have departed the company.