In Memoriam: Joseph C. Muscari (1946-2016)
Joseph C. Muscari, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer,
Minerals Technologies Inc. September 14, 1946 - September 3, 2016
We are saddened by the unexpected loss, on September 3, 2016, of Joseph C. Muscari, our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.
"On behalf of the MTI Board of Directors and employees, it is with deep sorrow that we announce the unexpected passing of Joe Muscari," said Duane R. Dunham, who was elected Chairman of the Board. "Joe touched all who knew him through his integrity, intelligence, drive toward excellence and his rare ability to inspire others to perform beyond their own expectations. We mourn his passing and offer our sincerest sympathies to his family."
In addition to the election of Mr. Dunham, a Director of the company since 2002, the Board also named Douglas T. Dietrich, 47, and Thomas J. Meek, 59, Interim Co-Chief Executive Officers. The Board will initiate a search for a permanent Chief Executive Officer.
Joe was a man of integrity and unwavering ethics. Throughout his career, he was a mentor to many, inspiring those who were fortunate to know him. He will always be remembered as kind, generous and humble. Leadership came naturally to Joe. He combined unwavering commitment to mission with his deep sense of humanity and, just when needed, his unique touch of humor.
Under Joe’s leadership, MTI was transformed into a high performing global enterprise, which nearly doubled in size as a result of the 2014 acquisition of Amcol International.
Joe joined Minerals Technologies as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in March of 2007 after 37 years with Alcoa Inc., where he served in numerous senior management positions including Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He was also a Director of Aluminum Corporation of China Limited from 2002 to 2007; a Director of Dana Incorporated from May 2010, and non-Executive Chairman since 2012; a Director of EnerSys since June 2008; and a Director of Minerals Technologies Inc. since January 2005. Joe also served on the Board of Visitors for the University of Pittsburgh – Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business.
Joe left behind a high-performing, open, transparent company with a strong foundation in Operational Excellence, high levels of employee engagement and a strong and highly focused management team. He executed his vision of establishing a highly structured business system that is firmly in place and is the blueprint to how we will continue to operate MTI.