Mr. Upfill-Brown received undergraduate degrees in chemistry and mathematical statistics from Stellenbosch University, South Africa and a Master of Business Administration from Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is a National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) Governance Fellow. He has over 20 years of senior level experience in international management of coatings, chemicals and renewable resources. Beginning in 1993 he was President and CEO of Haltermann Inc. Haltermann was a subsidiary of Ascot plc until its acquisition by The Dow Chemical Company in June 2001. He was General Manager of Dow Haltermann from 2001 until 2008. Mr. Upfill-Brown was also CEO of his own consulting firm, as well as CEO of a venture-backed algae-to-fuels company spun out of MIT in 2001, and a technology start-up focused on converting organic waste to hydrocarbon fuels. He began his career in the paint and protective coatings industry. Mr. Upfill-Brown joined the Company in 2012 as Executive Vice President and in 2013 was appointed President of SHR. He was appointed to the AMAK Board in December 2012. In July 2015 he was promoted to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer of the Company. In March 2018, his role was expanded to Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer. We believe that his knowledge and broad experience within the chemical industry, along with strong personal integrity and extensive management experience, provide valuable resources to our Board.
Mr. Sami Ahmad has more than 25 years of experience in finance and accounting. From 1991 through 1998 he held various positions with ARCO Chemical Company including financial analysis, marketing, mergers and acquisitions, and investor relations. From 1998 through 2006 he worked for Lyondell Chemical Company as Director of Investor Relations, Assistant Treasurer, Corporate Finance and Director of Corporate Development. In December of 2007 Lyondell Chemical Company was acquired by LyondellBasell Industries, and Mr. Ahmad continued to hold the position of Director of Corporate Development. From 2009 to 2011 he was Vice-President and Treasurer of Exterran. He then served as Chief Financial Officer for Southwest Water Company, Inc. for approximately 10 months. From July 2013 through August 2016, Mr. Ahmad served as the Chief Financial Officer and Board member for Armada Water Assets, Inc. He holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Chicago.
Ms. Cook has over 25 years of experience with the Company in various positions with increasing responsibility. She has a BBA Degree in Accounting from Lamar University and is a CPA. In 1991 she began her career with the Company as the Accounting Manager of Texas Oil & Chemical Co. II, Inc. (“TOCCO”), a wholly owned subsidiary of the Company. She was promoted to the Controller of TOCCO in 1996 and was the Assistant Secretary of TOCCO from 1992-2004. In 2004 she became the Secretary/Treasurer of TOCCO and continues to hold those titles. She was the Assistant Secretary of the Company from 2007-08. In 2008 Ms. Cook became the Secretary/Treasurer of the Company and continues to hold those titles. In January 2011 she was named Chief Financial Officer of the Company.
Dr. Peter M. Loggenberg received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and Mathematics, Honors Degree in Chemistry, Master of Science in Physical Chemistry and a PhD in Chemistry (Catalysis). He was appointed to the office of Chief Sustainability Officer in March 2018. He was President of Trecora Chemical since the Company's acquisition of SSI Chusei, Inc. in October 2014 until his appointment to Chief Sustainability Officer. He served as President of SSI Chusei, Inc. from 2010 through 2014. He continued as President of Trecora Chemical upon the Company's acquisition. He has over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry with over 15 years at the corporate level.
Mr. Mark Williamson has been Vice President of Marketing for South Hampton Resources since 1995. Mr. Williamson is a graduate of Sam Houston State University with a BBA in Marketing. Mr. Williamson has been with SHR since 1987 and has over 30 years within the petrochemical industry. Before SHR, Mr. Williamson spent 5 years with Ashland Chemicals as Sales and Marketing Representative and Branch Manager.