Gary Cappeline is currently our Lead Independent Director. Mr. Cappeline currently serves as an Operating Partner of AEA Investors LLC, a private equity investment fund. Before joining AEA in 2007, Mr. Cappeline was president and chief operating officer of Ashland Inc., a diversified company, to which he returned in 2002 after service as a senior executive in the chemical sectors at Engelhard Corporation and Honeywell International. He also served as chemical industry partner at Bear Stearns Merchant Bank. Mr. Cappeline currently serves on the board of directors of Evoqua Water Technologies (a manufacturer of water purification equipment) and Swanson Industries (as chairman) (a mining equipment repair business). He previously served as: a board and executive committee member of the American Chemistry Council (a chemical industry trade association); a director of Unifrax Corporation (a manufacturer of high temperature insulation products); chairman and a director of Houghton International Inc. (a manufacturer of metal working fluids); a director of Shoes for Crews, LLC (a manufacturer of slip resistant footwear); a director of RelaDyne Inc. (a distributor of lubricants and fuels); and a director of Tampico Beverages Inc. (a manufacturer of fruit drinks). Mr. Cappeline earned BS and MS degrees in chemical engineering from the City College of New York.