Board of Directors
Chief Executive Officer
Alan Barton joined Lehigh at the end of 2008. He has more than two decades of experience in the specialty chemicals industry, including over a decade of senior management experience. Alan was previously executive vice president at chemicals giant Rohm and Haas, where he led the company’s global coatings businesses. He began his 23-year career at Rohm and Haas in research and development before being promoted into larger management roles in both Europe and the United States. While at Rohm and Haas, Alan also led the company’s sustainable development efforts.
Alan holds an undergraduate degree from University College, Oxford, and a Ph.D. in chemistry from Harvard University.
Steve Delaney is an operating consultant at Littlejohn & Co, supporting operational needs of portfolio companies, serving as a board member, assisting in executive hiring and performing due diligence for new acquisitions.
Before Littlejohn & Co, Steve was an operating partner at private equity firm Advent International. Previously Steve was the CEO of Celestica, a publicly traded electronics manufacturing services company based in Toronto with over $8 billion in revenue and 40,000 people in operations worldwide. Steve led the turnaround of the company after the tech sector collapse by revitalizing sales and business development and achieving dramatic cost reductions through lean manufacturing and relocation of assets to low-cost geographies.
Prior to joining Celestica, Steve was vice president and general manager of Visteon’s Interior and Exterior Plastics Division, and held various other senior operating positions in Visteon, AlliedSignal’s Aerospace Division, Ford Motor Company and IBM.
Steve holds a master’s degree in business administration from Duke University, and a bachelor’s of science degree in industrial engineering from Iowa State University.
Leaf Clean Energy Company
Matthew Fedors manages and advises the Leaf Clean Energy fund. Matthew leads private equity investments in infrastructure and development platforms in the power, energy and resources sectors. Investments have included wind, solar, hydro, biomass, natural gas, water and chemicals in the US, Mexico, and Brazil. In addition to Lehigh, Matthew serves as a board member for Energia Escalona and MaxWest Environmental Systems.
Previously, Matthew worked with venture capital firms in the U.S. and Europe in the clean energy and technology sectors, and has also worked with JPMorgan’s Energy and Leveraged Finance groups. He has advised on transactions totaling more than $75B across mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buyouts and capital markets issuances. He was also a co-author of the Carbon Principles, a voluntary agreement among investment banks, electric utilities and environmental advocacy groups.
Mr. Fedors holds an M.B.A. from the Darden School at the University of Virginia, a master’s degree in environmental policy from Cambridge University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.
Yokohama Tire Corporation, North America (ret.)
Jim McMaster has over three decades of experience in the automotive and tire industry. He previously served as executive vice president and chief operating officer at Yokohama Tire Corporation, North America. He began his career with Yokohama’s sales department and rose through multiple commercial roles to become vice president of the company’s North America commercial tire division.
Jim served as chairman of the Rubber Manufacturer’s Association Board of Directors from 1991 to 2010.
Ashland Inc. (ret.)
Lamar Chambers is an experienced specialty chemicals veteran with over 30 years of experience at a leading chemicals company. Lamar served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Ashland Inc., a leading specialty chemical company with more than $8 billion in revenue. He joined Ashland in 1976, and held multiple finance and business roles. Lamar also served on Ashland’s executive committee.