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Officers

Kirk A. Benson

Kirk A. Benson, Chief Executive Officer & Chairman of the Board

Kirk A. Benson has served as Chairman and CEO since April 1999 and as a Director of Headwaters since January 1999. Mr. Benson was Senior Vice President of Foundation Health Systems, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed healthcare companies. Mr. Benson was with Foundation Health Systems and its predecessors for approximately ten years, holding various positions including president and chief operating officer for commercial operations, general counsel, and senior vice president for development with responsibility for merger and acquisition activity. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver, and a Master of Accountancy and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University.


Donald P. Newman, Chief Financial Officer
Donald P. Newman was appointed as our Chief Financial Officer on December 8, 2010. Mr. Newman served as Interim Chief Financial Officer or Vice President–Corporate Controller of Boart Longyear Limited from October 2006 to December 2010. Boart Longyear is the world’s leading integrated drilling services and minerals industry manufacturing company providing goods and services to mining companies. From January 2004 to October 2006, Mr. Newman was Vice President–Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of ACI Worldwide, Inc., a provider of electronic payment software and services, and prior to that time served in various financial positions with NRG Energy, Inc. Mr. Newman graduated from the University of Minnesota (Duluth) in 1987.


Harlan Hatfield

Harlan M. Hatfield, Vice President, Secretary & General Counsel
Harlan M. Hatfield has served as Corporate Counsel since October 1996, as Vice President and General Counsel since July 1998 and as Secretary since July 1999. His activities with us have included project development, intellectual property, licensing, strategic business acquisitions, divestitures, and debt and equity financing. As General Counsel he oversees the legal staff and outside legal counsel, litigation, regulatory issues, contracts and other legal matters. Prior to his employment with us, he was in private practice at the Seattle law firm of Oles, Morrison and Rinker for more than nine years where he was a partner. Mr. Hatfield obtained a B.A. degree in Public Policy from Brigham Young University in 1984 and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Minnesota in 1987.

 
 

 

 

 

Board of Directors

 

Kirk A. Benson

Kirk A. Benson
Kirk A. Benson has served as a Director of Headwaters since January 1999 and as Chairman and CEO since April 1999. Mr. Benson was Senior Vice President of Foundation Health Systems, Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded managed healthcare companies. Mr. Benson was with Foundation Health Systems and its predecessors for approximately ten years, holding various positions including president and chief operating officer for commercial operations, general counsel, and senior vice president for development with responsibility for merger and acquisition activity. He also holds a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver, and a Master of Accountancy and Juris Doctorate from Brigham Young University.


R. Sam Christensen

R Sam Christensen
R Sam Christensen has served as a Director of Headwaters since January 2003. Since 1996, Mr. Christensen has spent the majority of his time managing BBV, LLC and Black Bear Ventures, LLC, both of which are private investment firms, and evaluating new business opportunities. Prior to 1996, Mr. Christensen was Chairman and majority owner of Richmond Holdings, Inc., a privately-held corporation engaged in developing, designing, manufacturing and selling flexible packaging materials and static control devices worldwide to the electronics and pharmaceutical industries. Richmond Holdings, Inc. was subsequently sold to a publicly-traded firm in 1996. Mr. Christensen began his career as an auditor with the firm of Touche Ross & Co., where he spent nearly ten years. His final assignment, before resigning, was managing their Salt Lake City office and its audit and tax practice. Mr. Christensen earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from Brigham Young University in 1972.


Malyn K. Malquist

Malyn K. Malquist
      Malyn K. Malquist has served as a Director of Headwaters since January 2003. Mr. Malquist worked for Avista Corp., an energy utility in the Pacific Northwest, from September 2002 through March 2009, and served as the Chief Financial Officer for almost six years. Mr. Malquist continues to provide consulting services for Avista Corp.  Mr. Malquist has 30 years of experience in the utility industry, many of which were in financial leadership positions. Mr. Malquist worked for the Truckee Meadows Water Authority from February 2001 until September 2002, serving as its General Manager. Mr. Malquist was CEO of Data Engines, a high tech start-up company from May 2000 through October 2000. Mr. Malquist was employed by Sierra Pacific Resources from 1994 through April 2000, initially as its Chief Financial Officer, and later as President, CEO and board member. Mr. Malquist worked for San Diego Gas and Electric from 1978 through 1994 in a variety of financial positions, including Vice President-Finance and Treasurer. Mr. Malquist became a director of TC Pipelines LP in 2011 and currently serves as chairman of the Audit Committee of that company.  Mr. Malquist received B.A. and M.B.A. degrees from Brigham Young University.


Blake O. Fisher, Jr.

Blake O. Fisher, Jr.
Blake O. Fisher, Jr. has served as a Director of Headwaters since November 2004. From May 2004 through 2008, Mr. Fisher was involved in management and financial consulting to the telecommunications and utility industries, including providing consultation to the Rural Utilities Service’s broadband program. From May 2004 until December 2004, he served as chief financial officer for Fiber Utilities of Iowa, an entity that provides operation and construction services to municipal utilities. In May 2002, Mr. Fisher retired from McLeod USA, a telecommunications provider. From February 1996 to May 2002, he held senior management positions with McLeod USA, initially as Chief Financial Officer, then as President of the company’s Western region and as Chief Development Officer. From 1991 until February 1996, Mr. Fisher was Chief Financial Officer of IES Industries, an energy holding company. Prior to that, Mr. Fisher spent 23 years in several management positions with Consumer Power Company, headquartered in Michigan. Mr. Fisher received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from the University of Michigan. Mr. Fisher became a director of inContact, Inc. in 2004 and currently serves as chairman of the Audit Committee and is also on the Governance and Compensation Committees of that company.

 


 

James A. Herickhoff

James A. Herickhoff
James A. Herickhoff has served as a Director of Headwaters since August 1997 and was elected Vice Chairman in April 1999. Mr. Herickhoff is the Chief Executive Officer, President and a Principal of American Talc Company, the second largest producer of talc products in the United States. Mr. Herickhoff has served as an officer of this company or its predecessor since 2000. From 1987 to 1994, he served as President of Atlantic Richfield Company’s (ARCO’s) Thunder Basin Coal Company. Mr. Herickhoff has over 30 years of experience in the coal and mining industries and extensive experience in strategic positioning of these companies for long-term growth and competitiveness. Mr. Herickhoff led the growth of the Black Thunder and Coal Creek coal mines from 19 million to approximately 40 million tons per year of production. Mr. Herickhoff previously served as President of Mountain Coal Company, managing all of ARCO’s underground mining and preparation plants. Mr. Herickhoff is the past President of the Wyoming Mining Association and a former Board member of the Colorado and Utah Mining Associations. Mr. Herickhoff received a Bachelor's degree in 1964 from St. John’s University, a Master of Science degree in 1966 from St. Cloud State University, and attended the Kellogg Executive Management Institute at Northwestern University in 1986.

 


 

Sylvia Summers

Sylvia Summers

Sylvia Summers has served as a Director of Headwaters since January 2013.  Ms. Summers has worked in the high tech industry for 35 years, where she held a variety of management positions in research and development, operations, and marketing while residing both in Europe and the U.S. and managing large teams in Asia, in particular Greater China and Japan.  For 18 years, she was in charge of large operations for such companies as Cisco, Spansion and Trident Microsystems.  During the past 13 years, Ms. Summers has served on the Boards of four U.S. public companies, where she was a member of various audit, compensation, governance, and mergers and acquisitions committees.  In 2013, Ms. Summers became a director for Semtech Corporation, a global supplier of analog and mixed-signal semiconductor products, and currently serves on the Compensation Committee of that company. Ms. Summers has dual French and U.S. citizenship and is fluent in French and English.  Ms. Summers received a B.S. degree in electrical engineering from Ecole Polytechnique Feminine (France) in 1976, an M.S. degree in electrical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley in 1977, and an M.B.A. degree from Thomson CSF (France) in 1988.