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Part 2 of 2 Interview “Leading in a Downturn” with Bryan Shinn, CEO of US Silica

Leadership Lyceum: A CEO's Virtual Mentor

Release Date: 08/15/2016

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Welcome to Episode 4 of the “Leadership Lyceum: A CEO’s Virtual Mentor” podcast.

This is Part 2 of a 2 part interview with Bryan Shinn, CEO of US Silica.  US Silica (http://www.ussilica.com) is a NYSE-listed $643 million revenue producer and distributor of commercial silica through two segments:

  • 2/3 of revenues derived from Oil & Gas Proppants Segment - in essence as sand to prop and maintain fractured openings in oil and gas fracking applications.
  • 1/3 of revenues derived from Industrial & Specialty Products (ISP) - for glassmaking, building products, filtration and chemical applications to name a few.

In this Episode 4 in the Leadership Lyceum, Bryan will share his experience over his seven-year tenure at US Silica - first as head of Sales & Marketing for the Company and then as CEO and leading the company through an Initial Public Offering (IPO) during his first year as CEO.   In Part 1 we focused on his moving from head of Sales & Marketing and then to President and CEO where he set the new strategy and transformed the Company through the IPO to the delight of his private equity investors Golden Gate Capital (http://www.goldengatecap.com).

Our conversation in Part 2 covers his leadership through the downturn in their Oil & Gas segment.  He will also share insight into his leadership as a CEO and advice for those aspiring to be a CEO.

More about US Silica: Ticker USLC.  http://www.ussilica.com

More about Bryan Shinn: http://www.ussilica.com/about/management-team

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Program Guide

 Part 2 of 2 Bryan Shinn Interview

0:48        Introduction to Part 2 and Bryan Shinn, CEO of US Silica

1:56        Experience of Operating in a Downturn

11:40      Break

12:31      Approach to Customers in the Current Environment

15:15      Break

15:35      Approach to Leadership as CEO – 5 Key Areas of Leadership Focus

22:05      Break

22:30      Advice for Aspiring CEOs

31:08      Wrap Up and Conclusion of Episode 4

 

Biography on Bryan Shinn

Bryan A. Shinn has served as president of US Silica since March 2011 and as chief executive officer and a member of the board of directors since January 2012. Prior to assuming this position, Mr. Shinn was senior vice president of sales and marketing from October 2009 to February 2011. Before joining US Silica, Mr. Shinn was employed by the E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company from 1983 to September 2009, where he held a variety of key leadership roles in operations, sales, marketing and business management, including global business director and global sales director.

Mr. Shinn earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Delaware. As a result of these and other professional experiences, Mr. Shinn possesses particular knowledge and experience in operations, sales, marketing, management and corporate strategy that strengthen the board's collective qualifications, skills and experience.

 

Your host Thomas B. Linquist is a Partner at leading global executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles. Over his 15 years in management and leadership consulting he has served a wide array of industrial clients.  This includes leadership assessment and search for chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers and boards of directors.  He holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and over his 25-year career has served in a variety of roles: as an engineer with Shell Oil Company, a banker with ABN AMRO Bank, and as treasurer was the youngest corporate officer in the 150+ year history at Peoples Energy Company in Chicago.  He is an expert on hiring and promotion decisions and leadership development.  Over the course of his search career, he has interviewed thousands of leaders. 

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