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Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz (ret.)

Chief Executive Officer

Ambassador Ronald J. Gidwitz is an American Businessman and political activist.  He honorably served as United States Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium from 2018 – 2021, and as Acting Representative of the United States to the European Union from 2020 – 2021.

 

Ambassador Gidwitz has had a long and successful career in the private sector, government, philanthropy, and civil society.  He served as the President and CEO of Helene Curtis, a toiletry and cosmetic manufacturer and marketer, growing the company from $100 million in sales to $1.5 billion when the business was sold 17 years later.  He has also served on a number of private sector boards of directors.  He is currently Executive Chairman of Continental Materials Corporation and the Hiniker Company.

 

In his public service, Ambassador Gidwitz was a founding executive committee member of the National Committee for Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve and served in that capacity for 10 years.  He also served as the Chairman of the Economic Development Commission of the City of Chicago at a time when the Midwest was under great economic stress.  An advocate of education, he served as Chairman of the City Colleges of Chicago, the second largest community college district in the country, as well as two terms as the Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education.  He is currently serving as the National Finance Co-Chair for the National Republican Senatorial Committee

 

In the non-profit world, Ambassador Gidwitz has worked with numerous organizations ranging from social service to cultural institutions to educational establishments.  He has served in virtually every position over his 44-year tenure with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, including chairing the national organization as well as its Government Relations Committee.  He has served as Chairman of the Field Museum of Natural History as well as the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce.

 

Ambassador Gidwitz is married to Christina Kemper Gidwitz, and together they have two sons and three grandchildren.

Noah Mineo

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Mineo joined CMC as its CFO in the fall of 2020. A consumate operational finance leader, he has worked to enpower the portfolio finance team with the tools and resources  necessary to understand what makes each business tick and drive process efficiencies to allow business unit controllers to focus on running the business.

Prior to CMC, Mr. Mineo was the Worldwide Division Controller for Buehler of ITW for almost six years. Before that, Mr. Mineo served over five years with Cargill and over four years with Eaton Truck Components.

Mr. Mineo holds a BSBA in Finance from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from Wright State University.

Jim Woss

Director of Information Technology

Mr. Woss joined CMC at the Director of Information Technology in early 2019. In this role, he has worked to both advance portfolio-wide technology solutions to benefit from economies of scale and partner with the each subsidiaries to develop and launch digital solutions aimed at contributing to the bottom line. Mr. Woss has executed on the successful build of a disaster recovery platform and processes and worked to mitigate IT-related losses through robust technology- and people-driven solutions.

Prior to joining CMC, Mr. Woss served in increasingly progressive roles at Sensient Technologies, Syscon, Amcor, and Ball.

Mr. Woss studied Computer Science at Western Illinois University.


Alexandre de Croÿ

Director of Human Resources

Mr. de Croÿ joined CMC in early 2020 as its Director of Human Resources. Leveraging skills from prior roles, he resolved outstanding issues related to the portfolio’s implementation of the Paylocity HRIS and several employment claims issues lingering from years past. He also executed on a robust re-evaluation and realignment of group health & welfare plans to further reduce employer costs by six figures in the face of increasing healthcare costs. Mr. de Croÿ also rolled out a series of employee engagement and communication inititatives while driving HR best practices within the local HR teams throughout the portfolio.

Prior to joining CMC, Mr. de Croÿ led Human Resourcesin the United States for Germany-based WITRON Group for two years. Additionaly, he served for more than four years in a variety of HR roles – including participating in projects related to the 2015 global merger – with LafargeHolcim. Mr. de Croÿ started his human resources career with Koch Industries’ Georgia-Pacific in their HR Shared Service Center in Atlanta, GA.

Mr. de Croÿ holds a BA (Hons)  in Political Science – International Affairs from Georgia State University and posseses the SHRM-CP ceritification.