The Doe Run Company promotes Matthew Wohl to President
The Doe Run Company (Doe Run) announces the promotion of Matthew Wohl, vice president – law and general counsel, to president of the company, effective July 1, 2021. The move coincides with the retirement announcement of Jerry Pyatt, president and CEO, effective December 31, 2021. Wohl will take on the additional role of CEO beginning January 1, 2022.
Wohl joined Doe Run in 2009 as a senior corporate attorney, bringing legal expertise in corporate and commercial law, both as in-house counsel and as an attorney at leading law firms. Wohl became vice president – law and general counsel in 2011 and joined Doe Run’s senior executive team at that time. As a member of the executive team, Wohl served the dual role of leading all aspects of the company’s legal efforts, as well as participating in the review of Doe Run’s operations. During his tenure, Wohl led state and federal advocacy work to protect Missouri’s lead industry, guided the company through tremendous regulatory change, and built a highly competent legal department to support the company’s strategic direction. In addition, Wohl’s responsibilities included supervision of Doe Run’s IT department, the land and remediation group, and the communications function.
“Matt brings a deep understanding of the issues and regulatory policies that impact our industry, as well as a positive outlook and passion to find common ground with diverse stakeholders,” stated Pyatt. “His background with both public and private sector companies in highly regulated industries will enable the company to navigate a course that advances new technologies in both lead battery recycling, as well as the extractive industries.”
“The natural resource industry, and in particular the mining and metals industry, is at a critical juncture,” Wohl stated. “The world is in the midst of a global competition for clean energy. As a country, we will need every ounce of lead, copper, zinc, cobalt and many other metals we can get to support the battery technologies required to meet clean and renewable energy goals. Doe Run’s world-class mining operations, past innovations, and our forward-looking research and development are positioning us to bring forth new technologies to meet those needs. I’m honored to help lead our effort to redefine clean energy storage.”
Wohl holds a master’s degree in political economy and public policy from Washington University in St. Louis. His juris doctorate is from Saint Louis University.
Pyatt, a 43-year veteran of the industry, began his career with Doe Run’s predecessor, St. Joseph Lead Company. Pyatt’s impressive career started with a brief stint in the laboratory and quickly advanced through various leadership and management positions before he earned the role of COO in 2001, and president and CEO in 2012.
“It has been a privilege to lead a 157-year-old company that has contributed in so many ways to our modern society,” Pyatt said. “Our employees help supply the lead that starts millions of vehicles and provides back-up power for countless data and financial centers, as well as communications, medical and military installments. I am proud to have overseen the conversion of a primary lead smelter to a secondary smelter in 1991, the introduction of the first underground application of a modern, unmanned electric rail system to haul ore, and the development of hydrometallurgical processes that the company is poised to bring to market. I’m confident that under Matt’s leadership, Doe Run will continue to innovate to support the renewable and clean energy storage goals of our country.”
“Jerry has led this company through tremendous change with an optimism and perseverance that enabled us not only to survive when other operators did not, but also prepared us for the future by focusing on the needs of tomorrow,” stated Wohl. “Because of his leadership, we have an experienced executive team that understands the challenges and opportunities before us. I’m thrilled to lead that team and our company into our next chapter, and look forward to his guidance over these next several months.”
Additional Leadership Changes
As a part of the leadership transition, Doe Run is expanding and realigning its executive team roles.
Crystal Saling is being promoted to the executive team as vice president – law and general counsel. Saling joined the company in 2012 as a paralegal and advanced through several positions to associate general counsel. During her tenure, Saling has provided counsel to the company in various areas of law, including labor and employment, real estate transactions, workers’ compensation, corporate governance, risk mitigation, and directed litigation defense efforts. She holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Missouri – Columbia and a juris doctorate from Saint Louis University School of Law. In her new role, Saling will also oversee the company’s IT department.
Also promoted to the executive team as vice president – mining and milling is Brian Mangogna. Joining Doe Run in 1998 as a metallurgist, Mangogna advanced through the company’s milling department to become general manager of the Southeast Missouri Mining and Milling Division (SEMO) in 2019. With a bachelor’s degree in metallurgical engineering from the University of Missouri – Rolla (now Missouri S&T) and a master’s degree in business administration from Webster University, Mangogna oversees six mines, four mills and five water treatment plants as part of the company’s lead, zinc, and copper mining and concentrate production.
In addition, the following executive team members are taking on additional responsibilities as is reflected in their new titles. Tony Bogolin becomes executive vice president – finance and HR, CFO and treasurer. Michael Montgomery becomes vice president – environment, health and safety.