Leadership

Kevin Frank

President & CEO

An exceptional leader with a keen eye for evolving business strategy, Kevin Frank joined the AstenJohnson team as President and CEO in 2015. Formerly of Voith GMBH, where he served as President and CEO of Voith Hydro USA and Senior VP of Voith Paper FRS, Kevin brings with him a fresh perspective and proven ability to spearhead significant sales and market share growth.

A graduate of Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada, Kevin has completed Advanced Management Studies at UNH & Maastricht University. In 2012 he was named a White House Champion of Change for his work advancing economically advantageous and environmentally friendly approaches to clean energy.

Being asked to lead AstenJohnson is a privilege that I don’t take lightly. The needs of our customers are varied and demanding—we have a tremendous opportunity to be their fiercest advocates, exceed their expectations, and serve them in new, different ways.

Thomas B. Durkin

President, Paper Machine Clothing

Since joining AstenJohnson in 1986, Tom Durkin has held various leadership positions across the company, including Executive Vice President and Vice President of Sales and Operations. Previously, he was employed as a Machine Manager at Procter & Gamble and served as a Captain in the United States Army.

Tom holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point. He completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard Business School in 2005.

Stephen K. Polston

President, Nonwovens

After coming to AstenJohnson in 2010, Steve Polston was appointed President of Nonwovens in May 2016. Prior to AstenJohnson, he spent 20 years with Rexam PLC, last serving as Executive Vice President of their coating and laminating business, then joined Milliken & Company, where he was named Division Finance Leader.

A certified public accountant and management accountant (CPA and CMA), Steve holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of North Carolina and an MBA from Wake Forest University.

C. Henry Johnson

Vice President, Advanced Fabrics

Henry Johnson joined AstenJohnson in 1989, becoming a member of the Board of Directors in 2001. After starting his career in various technical marketing positions in North America, he ascended to key sales and operation leadership roles globally including VP Marketing and VP Europe.

Henry is a graduate of Carleton University and has taken executive courses at MIT and Darden. Henry also serves as a Director to the Nonwovens trade association, INDA.

Neil E. Johnson

Vice President, Business Support

An AstenJohnson employee since 1989, Neil Johnson has held various positions within AstenJohnson, including Vice President, Group Business Leader – Specialty; Vice President, Group Business Leader – Specialty/Filaments; Director of Operations, Montreal Forming; and General Manager, Montreal Forming.

Neil holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing/Finance from McMaster University, as well as an MBA from the University of South Carolina.

Steve Gray

Chief Financial Officer

Prior to joining AstenJohnson in November 2016, Steve Gray held various leadership positions at Hill-Rom and MeadWestvaco. Most recently, he served as the CFO of WestPoint Home, a $200 million manufacturer of textile home products based in Clemson, South Carolina.

Steve’s significant experience in acquisitions, Lean Six Sigma, international operations, finance and strategy make him an ideal fit for this role.