LION ELASTOMERS LEADERSHIP 

stands strong with cross-disciplined, industry-experienced leaders dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability, customer partnership and product development.

Kho Irani

President & CEO

Kho joined the Lion team after more than 17 years at ExxonMobil where he held a variety of management positions, including roles as Global Marketing Manager of EPDM and Global Tire Technology Manager. Kho holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas.

Neil Jurkovic

Chief Financial Officer

Neil was Division Financial Reporting Manager at Olin Corporation before assuming the role of CFO in 2013. Neil has over 20 years of financial leadership experience, earning both a CPA and CMA. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman University and is a veteran of the United States Navy.

Bobby Rikhoff

Vice President, SBR

Bobby has over 20 years in manufacturing and business enterprise experience, and initially started with the copolymer organization in 1995. Bobby has held varying manufacturing and corporate positions, including Plant Manager, Corporate Quality and Optimization Manager and Operations Vice President. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from Louisiana State University. 

Yuka Kimoto

Vice President, Corporate & Business Development

Yuka has over 20 years of experience in business strategy and corporate development work. Prior to joining Lion Elastomers, she worked as an investment banker at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities' New York office focusing on M&A transactions for energy, chemical and industrial sectors. She also worked as a consultant at Accenture's Tokyo office on numerous international projects. Yuka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics from Osaka University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth. 

Gary Niernberger

Vice President, Purchasing

Gary has more than 15 years of experience in petrochemical purchasing. Prior to joining Lion Elastomers, he worked for INVISTA as the global sourcing commercial leader for bulk raw material commodities and led the sourcing analysis and strategy efforts. Gary holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from Friends University in Kansas and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California.

Mark Wilson

Vice President, Supply Chain

Mark has been with the Lion Elastomers organization since its inception in 2005 and has been with the copolymer organization for nearly 30 years. Mark has held positions as Maintenance Manager of Analysis and Scheduling, SBR Product Manager, and Supply Chain/Optimization Manager. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
 

Keith Gordon

Director, Environmental, Health & Safety

Managing the Environmental, Health & Safety, and Security programs at multiple chemical manufacturing facilities before taking on his current role in 2011, Keith has almost 25 years of technical and leadership experience in the EH&S field. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management Systems from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of New Orleans and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Environmental Engineering and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP). 

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