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American Gilsonite names new CEO

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American Gilsonite Company Inc. has announced the appointment of David G. Gallagher as President and CEO, effective immediately. Mr. Gallagher has served with Schlumberger, CARBO Ceramics and Baker Hughes. He joined AGC in 2013 as Senior Vice President, Commercial Operations.

“We brought David aboard in order to revitalise our commercial efforts, with the intent that he would eventually serve a larger role,” said Willson Ropp, Chairman of the board of AGC, “His strong leadership, ability to attract top-tier talent and business acumen have greatly contributed to the success of the company in a number of important new areas.”

Mr. Gallagher commented: “I am humbled and blessed to take the helm of a company with a proud history of more than 125 years of industry leadership and innovation. The dedication and professionalism of the team across the entire organisation is inspiring. Our product, Gilsonite, is a naturally occurring asphaltite that serves as an effective binder and strengthener in a broad range of end uses. For decades, this ‘magical mineral’ has been a key additive for drilling fluids and cementing in the oil and gas sector as well as for asphalt, inks and paints and foundry.”

“Reflecting our heightened focus on bringing cost-effective products to market quickly, we recently opened an Innovation Center in Houston. In this advanced testing and evaluation facility, our clients have been actively collaborating with us to develop high-performance products for specific applications—all of which helps us to demonstrate the significant value of Gilsonite products in the marketplace,” he concluded.

Mr. Ropp added, “We want to thank Ted Stevens for his leadership and dedication to American Gilsonite Company over the last 17 years. Ted is a proven executive who led the efforts to modernise our operations and safely protect our workers and the environment. We wish him well in his retirement.”

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