Jeffry N. Quinn was named Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer on March 28, 2019. Prior to this, Mr. Quinn was President and Chief Executive Officer of Tronox Limited since December 1, 2017, bringing 35 years of experience in the mining, manufacturing and chemicals industries. His proven ability to successfully lead public companies through high-profile and heavily regulated challenges in rapidly changing global markets, in addition to his service as a public company director, will benefit the future of Tronox.
He has served on the Board of Directors since February 2011.
From 2012 until assuming his current role, Mr. Quinn was Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Quinpario Partners LLC, a private investment firm. During that time, in addition to making minority investments across the industrial sector, Quinpario Partners was the sponsor of two special purpose acquisition corporations, QPAC1 and QPAC2, which collectively raised more than $500 million and successfully completed two business combinations. QPAC1 completed its business combination in July 2014, becoming Jason Industries, Inc. (Nasdaq: JASN). Mr. Quinn served as Chairman of the Board and served as the interim Chief Executive Officer for a period of time. QPAC2 completed its business combination in July 2017, becoming Exela Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: XELA).
Prior to forming Quinpario Partners, Mr. Quinn was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Solutia Inc. (formerly NYSE: SOA), a global specialty chemical and performance materials company. From 2004 to 2012, Mr. Quinn served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Solutia and served as the Chairman of the Board from 2006 to 2012, when Solutia was sold to Eastman Chemical. Mr. Quinn joined Solutia in 2003, as Executive Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel.
Before joining Solutia, Mr. Quinn was Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, Secretary and General Counsel for Premcor Inc. (formerly NYSE: PCO), which at the time was one of the nation’s largest independent refiners. Mr. Quinn also served as Senior Vice President – Law & Human Resources, Secretary and General Counsel for Arch Coal, Inc. (NYSE: ACI).
In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of Tronox and Jason, Mr. Quinn serves as a member of the Board of Directors of W.R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA), a global supplier of catalysts, engineered and packaging materials, and specialty chemicals, and formerly served on the boards of Ferro Corporation (NYSE: FOE), a global supplier of technology-based performance materials and chemicals; SunEdison, Inc. (formerly MEMC Electronic Materials Inc.); and Tecumseh Products Company.
Mr. Quinn received a bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and a Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Kentucky.