Corporate Governance

The Board of Directors of Ferroglobe (the "Company") sets high standards for the Company's employees, officers and directors. Implicit in this philosophy is the importance of sound corporate governance. It is the duty of the Board of Directors to serve as a prudent fiduciary for shareholders and to oversee the management of the Company's business. To fulfill its responsibilities and to discharge its duty, the Board of Directors has adopted various policies and corporate governance guidelines

Our management has broad experience in all aspects of the international metals manufacturing industry, including operations, marketing and finance. We also draw on a deep pool of technical know-how specific to our products and markets.

Executive Chairman

• Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Villar Mir

• Founder and largest shareholder of the venture group Siacapital and Tressis, Spain's largest independent private bank

• Member of the World Economic Forum, Group of Fifty and a board member of various institutions including Patronato Fundación Principe de Asturias and Fundación Codespa

• Holds a Master in law and business from ICADE University

    Chief Executive Officer

    • Over thirty years of executive management and board-level experience spanning the chemicals, plastic, rubber and paper industries.

    • Recognized for his track record in turning around multinational companies and transforming businesses.

    • Formerly, President and CEO of Alhstrom-Munksjö Oyj, a global fiber materials company listed in Finland, where he led a successful transformation of the business by refocusing its product portfolio towards value-added specialty products.

    • Prior to that, Senior Vice President and Business President of the $3 billion emulsion polymers division of chemicals manufacturer Styron, including during the period in which Styron was acquired by Bain Capital from Dow Chemical Company.

    • Over twenty-two years at Dow in various departments and roles, ultimately serving as general manager of the emulsion polymers business.

    • Non-Executive Director of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM).

    Chief Financial Officer

    • Over 20 years’ experience as a senior finance professional in multinational companies, including the past seven years as Chief Financial Officer of companies in the metals and mining sector.

    • Most recently, Group Chief Financial Officer at Bekaert NV, a leading, global, steel wire transformation company listed on the Belgium Stock Exchange, where she focused on setting and executing financial strategy, as well as leading numerous strategic projects centered on business growth and enhanced operational efficiency.

    • Prior to Bekaert NV:

    -Chief Financial Officer of the mining division of Trafigura Beheer BV, one of the world’s largest physical commodities trading groups.

    -Finance Director, EMEA and LATAM, for Vestas Wind Systems A.S, the Danish public multinational company and the world’s largest wind turbine generator.

    -Finance Manager for PPG Industries Inc, the leading diversified manufacturing company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under ticker: PPG.

    • Proven transformational capabilities in multinational environments.

     

    Chief Technology and Innovation Officer

    • Over twenty-five years of experience in the metallurgical industry

    • In charge of Operations, R&D, Technology and Environment and Sustainable Development within Ferroglobe

    • Strong technical background, resulting from significant and varied experience gained in varied roles in production and operations

    • Formerly, EVP Production Planning and Technology • Prior to that, in charge of Business Development for the FerroAtlantica Group

    • Over 15 years in various technical and commercial roles at plant level, in France and South Africa

    • 4 years as R&D project manager at Pechiney Central Research Center • Holds a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry

    Chief Commercial Officer

    • A progressive 25+ year career, highlighted with numerous expansive leadership roles in Africa, Europe, USA, Australia/New Zealand UAE and Singapore, & spanning varying industrial sectors.

    • Most recently, the Dow President for Sub-Sahara Africa and Global Ambassador for Africa. Dow Inc. is a materials science leader committed to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions for customers in packaging, infrastructure and consumer care.

    • Prior to the above, held numerous global business & geographic executive leadership roles, covering full P&L + general management accountability, in Dow Inc.

    • Delivered breakthrough top-line/bottom-line results across different business models (commodity, specialized and service solution driven) and sectors.

    • Proven track record in initiating, leading & managing the structural side of change; visionary, reorganizing & restructuring.

    Chief Legal Officer

    • Experienced securities, finance and transactional lawyer specialized in US-listed foreign private issuers 

    • Member of the Ferroglobe PLC executive management team driving various transformational initiatives

    • Company Secretary to the board of directors of Ferroglobe PLC

    • Prior to Ferroglobe, spent nearly a decade at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in Madrid and New York

    • Holds a BA from Yale University and JD from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was Managing Editor of the Michigan Law Review

    President, North America; Transformation Director; Executive Vice President Corporate Strategy, Information Technology and Investor Relations

    • Eighteen years of experience across the metals and mining industry globally in various corporate and financial roles

    • Member of the executive management team at Ferroglobe driving and supporting numerous strategic, operational and financial initiatives

    • Active board member on the joint venture committee with Dow

    • Most recently served as Senior Vice President - Mergers and Acquisitions & Corporate Development at Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. from 2013 to 2015, leading up to the merger with Grupo FerroAtlántica

    • Prior to Globe Specialty Metals, Inc. spent 10 years as an investment banker at Deutsche Bank and UBS Investment Bank, advising global industrial companies on capital markets and M&A transactions

    • Holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Boston University's School of Management

    Vice President, Operations – Americas & South Africa

    • Over 40 years of experience in the alloys industry.

    • For the last 5 years, has been EVP Americas for Ferroglobe, focused on operational strategy including production improvements and cost savings for nine facilities located in the U.S., Canada, and South America.

    • Formerly, worked for Globe Specialty Metals as VP Operations, Technical Support, Special Projects Manager, including the restarting of facilities and overseeing new acquisitions.

    • Prior to that, served as Plant Manager at both the Niagara Falls, New York and Beverly, Ohio facilities.

    • And before that, Production Manager at the Beverly, Ohio Facility.

    Chief People and Culture Officer

    • Over 25 years of international experience in transforming organizations and developing people across continents. His expertise includes integration of different companies with the aim of unifying the corporate culture, shaping the organization to drive and support transformation, building new workforce capabilities and development of strategies focusing on employee experience.

    • Worked as a senior advisor working with leadership teams to support the human resources agenda for disruptive innovations.  

    • Vice President, Human Resources BIC, a global consumer packaged goods company.

    • Prior to BIC: Number of senior roles, including HR Director at Schlumberger, a global oilfield services company, where his efforts focused on transformational change and talent management for global operations and North America.

    • MBA in Business Management and Consulting, and Master of Laws.

    Vice President Industrial Reorganization

    • Over 35 years’ experience and more than twenty in Management Committee positions in multinational companies operating in rolling stock, infrastructures, environmental services and telecommunications. Diversified career track including Business Unit line management and Purchasing and Human Resources Management, having led transformational projects ranging from industrial operations to maintenance services.

    • Director of International Human Resources (2007-2014) of FCC, a leading construction and infrastructures company, employing over 100,000 people in Europe, Middle East and Americas.

    • Director of Human Resources (2000-2007) of the telecoms’ mobile operator Orange Spain.

    • Several positions in ALSTOM (1990–2000), a French multinational company operating worldwide in rail transport and power turbines.

    • Industrial Engineer (MSc.) from the Polytechnic University of Madrid, and graduate studies in INSEAD and IESE.

    Vice President Supply Chain Management

    • Manages all Purchasing & Logistical Operations across the Ferroglobe group, having headed the Centralized Purchasing & Logistics department of Grupo FerroAtlantica since 2012.

    • Graduate of HEC Paris, joining the Pechiney Group in the late 80's, working initially in the trading of bauxite and alumina with Aluminium Pechiney and Pechiney World Trade Brazil.

    • Senior trader then director of Brandeis Limited in London from 1994 to 2000 where he managed the ferroalloys and base metals trading book.

    • Joined the electro-metallurgy sector of Pechiney in the early 2000's. undertaking development projects in Brazil and China and working in a number of commercial roles in Europe and Asia.

    • Has spent most of his professional career outside France, his country of origin, and has a broad knowledge of the silicon and manganese industries worldwide.

    Vice President, Operations – Europe & South America

    • Over twenty-two years of experience in the alloys industry.

    • Extensive knowledge of the ferroalloy business after a progressive career holding different positions and responsibility in production and operations.

    • Formerly, VP Operations Europe & South America for Ferroglobe focused on process improvements and cost savings for 13 facilities located in France, Spain, Norway, Argentina, and Venezuela.

    • Before to the above, 2 years as Operational Manager in Spain and Manganese Business Head for FerroAtlántica Group.

    • Over 10 years as plant manager at Boo facility, and before that, 8 years as production manager at Monzón facility.

    • 2 years as R&D project manager for FerroAtlántica Group at Sabón facility.

    • Mining and metallurgical engineer (MSc.) from The University of Oviedo.

    Chief Operating Officer

    • 20 years of experience in the ferroalloy industry, across the globe, in managing positions.

    • Recognized for his strong leadership skills and his ability to develop winning operational strategy in challenging environment.

    • Graduate of IMT Mines Alés, joining the electro-metallurgy sector of Pechiney in early 2000’, as a project engineer, managing some critical projects such as complete rebuilt of Silicon Metal furnaces

    • Integrating operations in 2004, in leading roles in France, China and North America, focusing on optimization of assets to maximize profitability.

    Director and Executive Chairman

    • Chief Executive Officer of Grupo Villar Mir

    • Founder and largest shareholder of the venture group Siacapital and Tressis, Spain's largest independent private bank

    • Member of the World Economic Forum, Group of Fifty and a board member of various institutions including Patronato Fundación Principe de Asturias and Fundación Codespa

    • Holds a Master in law and business from ICADE University

      • Substantial experience in executive and non-executive roles, with a background in business strategy, banking and finance.

      • Founder and partner of Abrego Capital S.L, providing strategic and financial advisory services.

      • Co-founder and member of the Board of Observatorio Industria 4.0, the professional forum leveraging knowledge and experience to assist businesses, specifically those in the secondary sector, in their digital transformation.

      • Began her career in management consulting and investment banking, serving as Country Executive Officer and General Manager with Bank of America in Spain from 2003 to 2008.

      • Former board positions include as independent director of Telvent GIT S.A. (NASDAQ TLVT), the global IT solutions and business information services provider, from early 2010 until its de-listing following acquisition in December 2011

      • A member of the Board of Eland Private Equity, S.G.E.L.C., S.A., a private equity management company specializing in renewable energies, since 2009 and a member of the McKinsey Alumni Council in Spain.

      • Holds an Industrial Engineering degree (MSc equivalent) from Universidad Pontificia de Comillas, Madrid, Spain and an MBA from INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France. Holds a number of academic appointments, lecturing in Financing at the Three Points Digital Business School, Grupo Planeta, in Barcelona, in Managerial Competencies in CUNEF, in Madrid and Risk Management at the Non-Executive Directors Program at ICADE Business School, also in Madrid.

      • Senior advisor at Mercer Consulting, where Mr. Barrilero developed his career as a partner of the firm and as a member of the executive committee, leading the advisory talent and reward service for the boards of the main companies and multinationals. He has also led the business throughout the EMEA

      • Previously led the Watson Wyatt consulting firm in Madrid

      • Began career as a lawyer at Ebro Agricolas focused on labour law, before serving as Ebro’s head of human resources

      • Holds law degree from Deusto and a Masters in Financial Economics from ICADE, as well as a masters in human resources by Euroforum-INSEAD

      • Served as a member of Globe's Board of Directors since April 2014 until the closing of the Business Combination and was a member of Globe's Audit Committee.

      • Chairman of the Invesco Mutual Funds Group Board of Directors, and is also a member of the Audit, Investment and Governance Committees

      • Serves as a Director and Audit Committee Chair of ALPS Property & Casualty Insurance Company

      • Chairman of Crockett Technologies Associates and a private investor

      • Served as President and Chief Executive Officer of COMSAT Corporation from February 1992 until July 1996, as President and Chief Operating Officer of COMSAT from April 1991 to February 1992 and as an employee of COMSAT since 1980, held various other operational and financial positions including Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

      • Served as a Director of Ace Limited from 1995 until 2012 and as a director of Captaris, Inc. from 2001 until its acquisition in 2008, and as Chairman from 2003 to 2008

      • Life trustee of the University of Rochester

      • Holds an A.B. degree from the University of Rochester, a B.S. degree from the University of Maryland, and an MBA degree from Columbia University and holds an honorary Doctor of Law degree from the University of Maryland

      • Technology entrepreneur, strategist and author with substantial experience in executive and nonexecutive roles

      • Currently the Chief Executive Officer of Corporate Vision, a strategy and innovation consultancy and incubator which advises multinational corporations and start-ups globally on digital business transformation (including artificial intelligence and machine learning), business strategy, branding, business model innovation, sustainability strategies and corporate culture

      • Previously served on the board of publicly traded Lyris Technologies (acquired by AUREA Software in 2015 

      • Began management career at Landor Associates (now WPP Group)

      • As a technology entrepreneur, co-founded several high-profile start-ups, including opodo.com, where he served as Chief Marketing Officer

      • Author of Corporate Vision System, Futurize You Company, Innovate Culture & Manage Complexity

      • Regular lecturer at business schools and universities on business strategy, global branding and European Affairs, including IE Business School, Madrid and the University of Wyoming

      • Served as a Director of Globe since February 2008 until the closing of the Business Combination and was the Chairman of Globe's Nominating Committee

      • Senior Counsel of Covington & Burling, Washington, DC and heads the law firm's international practice

      • Served as Deputy Secretary of the Treasury from 1999 to 2001

      • Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural affairs from 1997 to 1999

      • Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade from 1996 to 1997

      • The U.S. Ambassador to the European Union from 1993 to 1996

      • Served as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust Issues during the Clinton Administration

      • President Carter's Chief Domestic Policy Adviser and Executive Director of the White House Domestic Policy Staff from 1977 to 1981

      • Trustee of BlackRock Funds and served as a member of the Board of Directors of Alcatel-Lucent until 2016

      • Served as a member of the Board of Directors of United Parcel Service from 2005 to 2015

      • Serves on the Advisory Board of GML Ltd., and Office of Cherifien de Phosphates.

      • Has received eight honorary doctorate degrees and awards from the United States, French, German, Austrian, Belgian and Israeli governments.

      • Author of "Imperfect Justice: Looted Assets, Slave Labor, and the Unfinished Business of World War II" and "The Future of the Jews: How Global Forces are Impacting the Jewish People, Israel, and its Relationship with the United States"

      • Previously served as a Special Adviser to Secretary of State Kerry on Holocaust-Era Issues

      • Holds a B.A. in Political Science, cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

       

      • Has served as CFO of Grupo Villar Mir since 2003, and is either a member of the Board or on the Steering Committee of a number of its subsidiaries in the energy, financial, construction and real estate sectors.

      • Served on the Steering Committee of FerroAtlantica until 2015, having previously served as its CFO from 1996 to 2003

      • He is Professor of Communication and Leadership of the Graduate Management Program at CUNEF in Spain.

      • He worked with McKinsey & Company from 1991 to 1996, specialising in restructuring, business development and turnaround and cost efficiency projects globally.

      • He has a Masters of Civil Engineering with honours from the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid and holds a MBA from INSEAD.

      Director

      • Over thirty years of executive management and board-level experience spanning the chemicals, plastic, rubber and paper industries.

      • Recognized for his track record in turning around multinational companies and transforming businesses.

      • Formerly, President and CEO of Alhstrom-Munksjö Oyj, a global fiber materials company listed in Finland, where he led a successful transformation of the business by refocusing its product portfolio towards value-added specialty products.

      • Prior to that, Senior Vice President and Business President of the $3 billion emulsion polymers division of chemicals manufacturer Styron, including during the period in which Styron was acquired by Bain Capital from Dow Chemical Company.

      • Over twenty-two years at Dow in various departments and roles, ultimately serving as general manager of the emulsion polymers business.

      • Non-Executive Director of Schweitzer-Mauduit International, Inc. (NYSE:SWM).

      • Professor of Management and Organizations, a Yamaichi Faculty Fellow, and a Professor of Finance (by courtesy) at New York University’s Stern School of Business

      • Between 2001 and 2012 she was a faculty member at the Harvard Business School. Her teaching, research, and consulting activities are in the areas of corporate governance, strategy, and finance, with a special focus on family-controlled companies

      • Award-winning research has been cited over 15,000 times in scholarly articles and international media outlets. 6 Ms. Villalonga is an independent director and audit committee member (and former chair) at Grifols, a global leader in hemoderivatives that is part of Spain’s IBEX35 blue-chip index and is also listed on Nasdaq. She is also a member of the board and of the risk, audit, and compensation & talent management committees at Banco Santander International, the Santander group’s private banking subsidiary in the United States

      • Also an independent director for 13 years at Acciona, a leader in the renewable energy and infrastructure industries, as well as at Talgo, a high-speed train manufacturer, where she chaired the strategy committee

      • Holds a Ph.D. in Management and an M.A. in Economics from the University of California at Los Angeles, where she was a Fulbright Scholar. She also holds a Ph.D. in Business Economics from the Complutense University of Madrid

      • Vice Chairman of Grupo Villar Mir, S.A.U. since 1999

      • Vice Chairman and CEO of Inmobiliaria Espacio, S.A

      • Served on the Board of Directors of Obrascón Huarte Lain, S.A. since 1996 and as its Chairman since 2016.

      • Serves as a Director and on the Audit Committee of Inmobiliaria Colonial, S.A.

      • Holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration and Economics and Business Management

      • Board Director of Grupo Villar Mir, a privately held Spanish group with investments across a broad range of diversified industries, which is the beneficial owner of approximately 54% of the Company’s share capital

      • Board Director of Obrascón Huarte Lain, a Spanish multinational construction and civil engineering company, where she is a member of the audit committee

      • Summa cum laude graduate in Economics and Business Studies, with concentration in finance and accounting, from The American College in London, United Kingdom

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      Ferroglobe PLC
      13 Chesterfield Street
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      United Kingdom

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