Mohawk Board

Thomas D. O'Connor, Jr. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Mohawk

Mr. O'Connor Jr. joined Mohawk in 1986 and was named Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in 2004. During his tenure, Mr. O’Connor has grown the company to become North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.

As Chief Executive Officer, Mr. O’Connor has doubled Mohawk’s business and positioned the organization for the future by leading Mohawk into new areas of growth. Through a series of strategic initiatives, Mr. O’Connor has expanded global sales, operations and distribution channels; diversified Mohawk’s product portfolio to include envelopes and specialty substrates for digital printing; upgraded IT and operational infrastructure; and he has expanded Mohawk’s distribution base through strategic initiatives including the acquisition of several companies, including the iconic Strathmore line of fine papers which was acquired in 2005.

Mr. O’Connor has served as chairman of the National Paper Trade Association, and on the boards of the American Forest Products Association, St. Gregory’s School, and the Advisory Board of M&T Bank. He is also a former member of The Capital Region Economic Development Council (CREDC).

Mr. O’Connor was recently inducted into the Soderstrom Society, the graphic communications industry’s most prestigious honors organization, becoming the first paper industry executive inducted in the organization’s 58 year history. 

Walter A. Duignan 

Mr. Duignan joined the company in 1995 as Executive Vice President, Strategic Planning, with responsibility for strategic planning, sales, marketing and product promotions. In 2000, he became Executive Vice President and in 2005 was appointed to Mohawk’s Board of Directors. At the end of 2012 he retired but, maintains a seat on the Mohawk Board of Directors. Walter has over 30 years of experience in the fine paper industry. Prior to joining Mohawk, he was Vice President, Sales and Marketing for Simpson Paper Company.

Arthur J. Douville 

Mr. Douville is a 41-year veteran of the paper distribution business.  He began his career in 1970 at Rourke Eno Paper Company, a division of Unisource, an Alco Standard Company, following five years of service in the U.S. Marine Corps.  Art held positions in sales, sales management and division management before being promoted to Executive Vice President in 1981 and becoming President in 1989.  Later he was promoted to senior management positions at Unisource and became President of the Northeast Region of Unisource in 1994.  Art became President of Alling and Cory, a division of Union Camp in 1998.  After the acquisition of Union Camp by International Paper in 1999, Art was appointed President of the Northeast Region of Xpedx and Executive Vice President Operations in 2000.  Art served in the position and as an officer of International Paper until his retirement in 2011.

Art has held key industry trade association positions, is a past chairman of the Sappi Merchant Advisory, past NPTA Board member and has been recognized with the NPTA Stanley O. Styles award for his contribution to the distribution business in 2007.  Art is also a two time recipient of the Alco Standard Partner of the Year Award.

Charles H. Greiner, Jr.

Mr. Greiner is a 32-year veteran of the paper and forest products industry. He began his industry career in 1972 at Union Camp Corporation where he held a number of management positions. His first 10 years were spent in sales and marketing. In 1982, he was chosen to assist with the start-up of a $600 million "greenfield" paper mill in Eastover, SC. He later advanced to vice president and general manager of Union Camp's printing paper business. Following the acquisition of Union Camp in 1999 by International Paper, Mr. Greiner was appointed senior vice president of the company's printing and communications papers, a newly formed printing paper business and the largest in the world. From 2003 until his retirement in June 2004, he was senior vice president of commercial development.  Following retirement from International Paper he taught in Old Dominion University's MBA program.

Mr. Greiner has held key industry positions and/or played a leadership role for such organizations as the AFPA Printing Paper Committee, Paper Distribution Council and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. He has also been a director of United Way of Midsouth and a trustee of Old Dominion University Foundation.  He received the Stanley O. Styles industry award for leadership and innovation in 2004.  

Mrs. Frances J. Hardart

Mrs. Hardart is a principal shareholder of Mohawk and has been active throughout her life in volunteer and charitable activities. She is a Dame in the Order of Malta for which she serves on the Board of Councillors and holds the position of Hospitaller. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of Thomas Aquinas College in California, a member and former president of the St. Vincent’s Hospital in New York City and served for six years on the Board of Education of the Bronxville School in Bronxville, New York.

She has a B.A. from Marymount College and has done graduate work in art history at the University of Firenza, Italy. She resides in New York and Georgia.

 
Frank J. Hardart, III

Mr. Hardart is a shareholder of Mohawk and has admired paper makers and everything that goes into the process since college when he worked summers in Mohawk’s engineering department. He began his career as an Account Manager with Compuserve Information Service, the predecessor of the internet as we know it today, from 1988-1993. Frank took this experience to Viacom and then to NBC to help these media giants develop their early internet strategies. Frank also helped grow the internet startup, MaMaMedia which became the largest independent children’s website in the country offering learning activities for children.

In 2001, Mr. Hardart founded Educate LLC to bring educational technology to schools in New York City and has been growing the company since. Educate LLC has served hundreds of schools in the New York area and is a leader in the field.

Mr. Hardart has a BS in Engineering, a BA in English from the University of Notre Dame, and an MBA from the JL Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University.

Jack F. Haren

Mr. Haren joined the company in 1999 as Vice President, Finance. In 2000, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and became Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer later that year. Jack was appointed to the Board of Directors in 2005. In 2007, Mohawk promoted Jack to the position of President and Chief Financial Officer. Jack had 24 years of experience with Union Camp Corporation prior to joining Mohawk and held the position of Corporate Controller with responsibility for corporate accounting, financial planning, operational and capital budgeting. He is a certified public accountant.

Jack has a BS degree from Fordham University and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.

In December 2014, Jack was honored by the Albany Business Review as CFO of the Year and was named to Irish America Magazine's Business 100 List. In 2015, Jack was named a Top Thought Leader in Trust, by Trust Magazine.  

Jack retired from Mohawk on April 30th, 2017 but will continue to serve as a board member.

Anthony F. Kahn

Mr. Kahn is a partner with the law firm, White and Case. He has served as the administrative partner in charge of corporate and financial services and has considerable experience with mergers and acquisitions, bank finance and municipal securities. Mr. Kahn is also outside counsel to a number of entities, including Tarkett, Inc., The Irish Dairy Board, Dorbyl Limited and The Guggenheim Museum.

Mr. Kahn holds a B.A. degree in economics from Wake Forest University, an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and a J.D. from the University of Notre Dame; magna cum laude.

 
Mrs. Annabel Strife

Mrs. Strife is a principal shareholder of Mohawk. She retired from Sloan Kettering Institute in 2002 after a distinguished career as a research biochemist. She has an extensive publication record on chronic myelogenous leukemia. She was a past board member of St. David’s School in New York City, and volunteered with the New York Foundling Hospital and as an almoner for a relief fund society in New York City.

Mrs. Strife is a graduate of Manhattanville College and has completed graduate study at Cornell, Columbia, and NYU. She resides in New York City.

ELIZABETH TALERMAN

Elizabeth has spent more than 28 years working with leading brands in the consumer, business, and non-profit sectors. Practiced at the art of innovation and pragmatics of turning strategy into action, Elizabeth focuses on building sustainable brand value and delivering profitable, effective and replicable business results.

As CEO of Nucleus, Elizabeth and her team have developed a brand briefing process and trained a team of 40 global marketers at Fisher-Price, revitalized the Juan Valdez brand for Cafe de Colombia, updated the Johnson’s global brand franchise, defined a new retail experience for Columbia Sportswear, conducted a feasibility study for the Prince of Wales’ global expansion of Duchy Originals, and launched 9 brands for the merchandising division of Martha Stewart.

Before launching a brand strategy practice in 2002, Elizabeth was founder and CEO of Agile Industries, a pioneering digital marketing agency. She’s also held senior positions at Ogilvy working on IBM, Ingalls Advertising launching John Hancock Marketplace, and The Harvard Business School as Marketing Director. Her early career includes rich experience in direct marketing focused on financial services (American Express) and telecommunications (MCI and AT&T).

Elizabeth teaches at Columbia University’s Strategic Communications Master’s Degree Program, The School of Visual Arts Masters in Branding program and serves on the board of Virginia Commonwealth University Brandcenter.

George William Wurtz, III

Mr. Wurtz is currently President & CEO of GWW & Associates LLC. a Boutique Consulting Firm located in Atlanta, GA.  Mr Wurtz retired as the Chairman of the Board of Soundview Paper Company LLC, Elmwood Park, New Jersey, a position he held since October 2014.  From April 2012 until October 2014, he served as Soundview's President and Chief Executive Officer.  From November 2006 until November 2011, Mr. Wurtz served as President and Chief Executive Officer of New WinCup Holdings, Stone Mountain, Georga, a privately-held manufacturer and distributor of single-use cups, food service containers, lids and straws.  

Mr. Wurtz is currently a director of the State University of New York at Oswego ("SUNY Oswego") Engineering Advisory Board.  He has served as a director of the SUNY Oswego Engineering Board since 2009 and as a director of Mohawk Fine Papers, Inc since January 2012.  Mr. Wurtz retired as Executive Vice President of Georgia-Pacific Corporation in February 2006 after serving in several executive management positions including President of Paper, Bleached Board and Kraft Operations.  Prior to joining Georgia-Pacific Corporation in October 2000, Mr. Wurtz was employed by James River Corporation/Fort James Corporation for 14 years and held executive management positions in operations, logistics, procurement and manufacturing planning.  

Mr. Wurtz received his bachelor's degree (Industrial Arts and Technology) from SUNY Oswego in 1978.