People: OMNOVA Solutions Inc (OMN.N)
Mr. Michael J. Merriman, Jr., is Independent Director of OMNOVA Solutions Inc., since March 2008. Mr. Merriman has been an Operating Advisor for Resilience Capital Partners LLC, a leading private equity firm focused on acquiring companies experiencing a variety of special situations, including underperformers, corporate divestitures, turnarounds and orphan public companies, within a broad range of industries, since July 2008. From November 2006 until its sale in November 2007, Mr. Merriman served as Chief Executive Officer of The Lamson & Sessions Co., a manufacturer of thermoplastic conduit, fittings and electrical switch and outlet boxes. Previously, Mr. Merriman served as Chief Financial Officer of American Greetings Corporation, a consumer products company specializing in greeting cards, gift wrap, party goods and other social expressions, from September 2005 until November 2006. Prior to that, from August 1995 until April 2004, Mr. Merriman was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Royal Appliance Mfg. Co./ Dirt Devil Inc., a publicly traded manufacturer of a full line of cleaning products for home and commercial use. In April 2003, Royal was sold to its largest supplier, Techtronic Industries Co., Ltd. Mr. Merriman’s prior experience as the chief executive officer and chief financial officer of two public companies and his current service on the boards of directors of three other publicly traded companies, as well as his experience at Resilience, provides him with valuable experience and significant knowledge in the areas of executive management, strategy, corporate governance, acquisitions and divestitures, finance and financial reporting, and investor relations.
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