Covia Appoints New Board Member, Enhances Board Structure

Shawn Williams Elected Executive Chairman of the Board

Don Sheets Elected Vice Chair of the Board

Dan Hecht Appointed to the Board

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Covia, a leading provider of mineral-based and material solutions for the Industrial and Energy markets, today announced that Shawn Williams has been elected Executive Chairman and Don Sheets has been elected Vice Chair of the Board of Managers, effective January 1, 2022. In addition, Dan Hecht has been appointed to the Board of Managers, effective November 18, 2021.

Mr. Williams has served as Chairman of the Board since December 31, 2020, and as Chairman of the Board and Acting Chief Executive Officer since June 1, 2021, and will continue in that position through December 31, 2021. In addition to his new assignment, Mr. Williams also serves on the Audit and Compensation Committees of the Board. Mr. Sheets has served as a Member of the Board of Managers since December 31, 2020, and is Chair of the Audit Committee.

Mr. Hecht is a Principal of Golden Gate Capital and focuses on investments in the Industrials sector, including the engineered materials and healthcare sub-sectors. He sits on the boards of Antylia Scientific and Active Minerals. “We are pleased to welcome Dan to our Board of Managers,” said Shawn Williams, Chairman of the Board and Acting Chief Executive Officer of Covia. “His experience with Golden Gate Capital, specifically in the Industrials sector, will provide benefits through his contributions to our Board and Management Team.”

About Covia

Covia is a leading provider of diversified mineral solutions to the oil and gas, glass, ceramics, coatings, metals, foundry, polymers, construction, water filtration, sports and recreation markets. The Company serves its Industrial customers through a broad array of high-quality products, including high-purity silica sand, nepheline syenite, feldspar, clay, kaolin, resin systems and coated materials, delivered through its comprehensive distribution network. Covia offers its Energy customers an unparalleled selection of proppant solutions, additives, and coated products to enhance well productivity and to address both surface and down-hole challenges in all well environments. Covia has built long-standing relationships with a broad customer base consisting of blue-chip customers. Underpinning these strengths is an unwavering commitment to safety and to sustainable development, further enhancing the value that Covia delivers to all its stakeholders. For more information, visit


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