Joel L. Hawthorne
President & Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Hawthorne became GrafTech’s President & CEO in January 2014. He joined the company as Director of Investor Relations in August 1999.
In January 2001, he was appointed Director of Electrode Sales & Marketing, Americas and, in October 2005, he was appointed Director Worldwide Marketing and Americas Sales.
In January 2009 he was appointed Vice President, Global Marketing & Sales for the Industrial Materials line of business. In March 2011, Mr. Hawthorne was promoted to President, Engineered Solutions.
Prior to joining GrafTech, Mr. Hawthorne served as Director of Investor and Public Relations for ACME Metals Inc. and as Manager of Investor Relations for LTV Corporation. He also held various treasury, finance and audit positions at LTV and with the State of Ohio.
Mr. Hawthorne has a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and a Master of Science degree in Business/Technical Education. Both degrees were earned at the University of Akron.
Mr. Dutton was appointed GrafTech’s Vice President and Chief Operating Officer in September 2015. In this role, he oversees all aspects of both the Industrial Materials and Engineered Solutions businesses.
Mr. Dutton has over 25 years of manufacturing, finance, commercial and strategy experience.
Prior to joining GrafTech, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of Twin Rivers Paper Company, from 2010 to 2013.
Mr. Dutton served in various executive capacities at Fraser Papers Inc. from 2008 to 2010, and as General Manager of East Papers operations at Fraser Papers Inc. from 2006 to 2008. He served as President of Republic Paperboard Company of Eagle Materials Inc. from 2004 to 2006. Mr. Dutton served as a director of Twin Rivers Paper Company in 2013 and has served as a director of the Hammerstone Corporation since 2014.
Mr. Dutton received his Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Technology from the University of Maine.
Mr. Coburn was appointed GrafTech’s Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in September 2015. In this role, he oversees finance, investor relations, tax, and treasury for the company.
He has over 20 years of corporate finance, treasury, accounting, planning and analysis, tax, and corporate development experience.
Since joining GrafTech in 2010, he has also served as GrafTech’s Treasurer and Vice President of Finance. Prior to joining GrafTech, Mr. Coburn served as Vice President and Treasurer of NCR Corporation.
Mr. Coburn holds an MBA from University of Pennsylvania’s The Wharton School and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Utah State University.
President, Industrial Materials
Mr. Blair was appointed President, Industrial Materials in November 2014. In this role, he leads the GrafTech business segment that manufactures a broad range of high quality graphite electrodes, petroleum needle coke, as well as carbon and graphite refractory products.
Prior to this he served as Vice President of Global Sales for GrafTech’s graphite electrodes line of business.
Mr. Blair joined the company in 1980 at its facility in Columbia, Tennessee. His extensive commercial, operations, and customer technical service experience includes international assignments in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Singapore, Hong Kong and, for the past 11 years, Switzerland.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky and an MBA from Interamerican University of Puerto Rico.
Lionel D. Batty
President, Engineered Solutions
Mr. Batty was appointed President of GrafTech’s Engineered Solutions business segment in January 2014.
Prior to this he was President of its Graphite Electrodes business, and from 1999 to 2011 he was Vice President of Corporate Research and Development. He has been located at the company’s headquarters in Parma, Ohio, since 1999.
From 1997 to 1998 he was Applied Technology Manager – Europe for GrafTech’s electrode business, and from 1994 to 1996 he held a similar position for its specialty graphite business, both located in France.
Mr. Batty began his career with GrafTech as a development engineer in 1983 at Parma, Ohio, and has held various technical and managerial positions at GrafTech locations in Clarksville, Tennessee; Sheffield, England; Notre Dame de Briançon, France; and Paris, France.
He holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from Imperial College, London, and has an MBA from Sheffield Hallam University (formerly Sheffield Polytechnic), England.
Mr. Batty is active in the new business development community and holds, or has recently held, these external positions: Chair of the Wright Center for Sensor Systems Engineering; Chair of Board of Directors of the Ohio Fuel Cell Coalition; Nano Network Advisory Board; Board of Trustees of the National Composite Center; President of Carbon/Graphite section of NEMA (North American Electrical Manufacturers’ Association); and Member of EWI Industrial Advisory Board.