Leadership

Kevin Frank

President & CEO

An exceptional leader with a keen eye for evolving business strategy, Kevin Frank joined the AstenJohnson team as President and CEO in 2015. Formerly of Voith GMBH, where he served as President and CEO of Voith Hydro USA and Senior VP of Voith Paper FRS, Kevin brings with him a fresh perspective and proven ability to spearhead significant sales and market share growth.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Kevin has completed Advanced Management Studies at UNH & Maastricht University. In 2012 he was named a White House Champion of Change for his work advancing economically advantageous and environmentally friendly approaches to clean energy.

Being asked to lead AstenJohnson is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. The needs of our customers are varied and demanding—we have a tremendous opportunity to be their fiercest advocates, exceed their expectations, and serve them in new, different ways.

Ron McKenna

President, Paper Machine Clothing Americas

Ron McKenna joined AstenJohnson in 1986 as Design Engineer and has held various positions in Plant Operations both starting up and managing several locations across North America. He also worked in Europe as Vice President - Project Management Office working on global Strategy. Most recently, he served as Vice President - Operations for the Paper Machine Clothing group in North America and is responsible for Capital Planning globally. 

Ron holds a Bachelor of Engineering Degree from Carleton University and has graduated from Harvard Business School GMP.

Stephen K. Polston

President, Nonwovens

After coming to AstenJohnson in 2010, Steve Polston was appointed President of Nonwovens in May 2016. Prior to AstenJohnson, he spent 20 years with Rexam PLC, last serving as Executive Vice President of their coating and laminating business, then joined Milliken & Company, where he was named Division Finance Leader.

A certified public accountant and management accountant (CPA and CMA), Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

C. Henry Johnson

Vice President, Advanced Fabrics

Henry Johnson joined AstenJohnson in 1989, becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 2001. After starting his career in various technical marketing positions in North America, he ascended to key sales and operation leadership roles globally including Vice President - Marketing and Vice President - Europe.

Henry is a graduate of Carleton University and has taken executive courses at MIT and Darden. Henry also serves as a Director to the Nonwovens trade association, INDA.

Connie Wilson

Vice President, Human Resources

Connie Wilson joined AstenJohnson in 1989. During her tenure she has held several leadership roles in HR at both site and regional levels. Most recently she served as Vice President of North American Inside Sales.

Connie holds a BS in Business Management from Clemson University.

Steve Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining AstenJohnson in November 2016, Steve Gray held various leadership positions at Hill-Rom and MeadWestvaco. Most recently, he served as the CFO of WestPoint Home, a $200 million manufacturer of textile home products based in Clemson, South Carolina.

Steve’s significant experience in acquisitions, Lean Six Sigma, international operations, finance and strategy make him an ideal fit for this role.

Steve holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business, with a Major in Accounting from Indiana University. He is also a C.P.A.

Martin Scherrer

President, Paper Machine Clothing EURASIA

Martin Scherrer joined AstenJohnson as President, PMC Eurasia in 2019.

He comes to the company with 23 years of international and diversified experience, as well as managing operative business units in plant engineering, products, service and consumables businesses and large controlling and finance organizations.

He spent 8 years as a member of the Board of Management of Voith Paper in the functions of President Voith Fabrics, CFO, and afterwards 4 years President of Voith Paper Fabric & Roll Systems.
His foreign experience includes 8 years in Indonesia, Brazil and Italy.

Martin is a graduate of Giessen University in Germany with a degree in Economics.

 

James M. Gibson

General Counsel & Chief Compliance Officer

Jim Gibson joined AstenJohnson as the company’s General Counsel and Corporate Secretary in 2000, shortly after the merger between Asten and JWI Limited.

Jim oversees numerous legal matters such as corporate contracts, M&A, litigation and compliance. Prior to that, Jim served for 10 years in various legal leadership positions with Michelin,  AMP Incorporated [later purchased by Tyco Electronics], and a large full service law firm headquartered in Baltimore, MD. 

Jim received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of South Carolina and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia.