Compass Minerals is governed at the highest level by a Board of Directors with four standing committees: Audit, Compensation, Nominating/Corporate Governance (NCG) and Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Committees. The Board of Directors and these committees set policy and oversee management’s decision-making for economic, environmental and social impacts of the company’s operations.

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Richard S. Grant

Richard S. Grant has been a director of the company since April 2004. From 1998 until his retirement in 2002, Mr. Grant served as chief executive officer of BOC Process Gas Solutions, a global business providing utilities and services primarily to the chemical, petrochemical, and metals industries. Concurrently, he served as a director of the BOC Group plc and chairman of CNC sa, a Mexican joint venture. Mr. Grant served as a director of BlueLinx Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded distributor of building products, from 2005 to 2017. Mr. Grant also served as Compass Minerals’ interim chief executive officer from December 2012 to January 2013. Mr. Grant has served as the lead independent director since the position was created in 2005, except during his short service as interim chief executive officer.

Mr. Grant serves as lead independent director and serves on the Audit Committee, Compensation Committee and Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee.

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David J. D’Antoni

David J. D’Antoni has been a director of the company since November 2004. Prior to his retirement from Ashland, Inc. in 2004, Mr. D’Antoni had served as senior vice president and group operating officer of APAC and Valvoline since 2000. Previously, he served as Ashland’s president of APAC and Ashland Chemical. Mr. D’Antoni currently serves as a director of OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded global provider of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and decorative and functional surfaces. Mr. D’Antoni served as a director of State Auto Financial Corporation, a publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, from 1995 to 2017.

Mr. D’Antoni serves on the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.

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Valdemar L. Fischer

Valdemar L. Fischer has been a director of the company since February 2017. Mr. Fischer has been serving as the regional director, Latin America, of Syngenta AG, a Swiss agrochemical company, since 2017. He previously served as special advisor to the chief executive officer of Nufarm Limited, a global agriculture chemicals company based in Melbourne, Australia, from 2016 to 2017. Prior to this role, he served as Nufarm’s group executive, global marketing and product portfolio from 2015 to 2016 and as general manager, Latin America from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Nufarm, Mr. Fischer held several positions with increasing responsibility at Syngenta, including key leadership roles such as regional head, NAFTA crop protection and regional head Latin America and Brazil, as well as several other international positions at Syngenta’s predecessor companies.

Mr. Fischer serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee.

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Eric Ford

Eric Ford has been a director of the company since August 2011. Prior to his retirement in 2014, Mr. Ford served as executive vice president, office of the chief executive officer of Peabody Energy Corporation, the world’s largest private sector coal company. In this position, Mr. Ford oversaw strategic aspects of the company’s Australia platform, including business direction, operational and commercial strategy and external stakeholder interaction. Mr. Ford served in various senior executive roles at Peabody since joining the company in 2007. Prior to joining Peabody, he served as chief executive officer of Anglo Coal Australia Pty Ltd.

Mr. Ford serves as the chair of the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee and also serves on the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee.

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Fran Malecha

Fran Malecha joined Compass Minerals as president and chief executive officer (CEO) in January 2013. He is a member of the company’s board of directors and serves on the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.

Under Mr. Malecha’s leadership, Compass Minerals has made significant investments in core salt and plant nutrition assets and completed acquisitions in North America and Brazil to drive future growth. Along with the senior leadership team, he has led initiatives to improve the safety culture, cost structure and the employee experience at the company.

Mr. Malecha came to Compass Minerals with more than 25 years of experience in agribusiness. From 2000 to 2013, he had a successful tenure at Viterra Inc., a global agribusiness company based in Canada where he last served as chief operating officer of the global grain business. Prior to Viterra, he spent 15 years in progressive management roles at General Mills, Inc.

Mr. Malecha currently serves as a director of Patterson Companies, Inc., a publicly traded distributor serving the dental and animal health markets.

Mr. Malecha earned a Bachelor of Arts in accounting from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Allan R. Rothwell

Allan R. Rothwell has been a director of the company since March 2006. In 2006, Mr. Rothwell retired from Eastman Chemical Company where he served as executive vice president and president of its Voridian Division. Mr. Rothwell joined Eastman Chemical in 1969 and held various positions including vice president, corporate development and strategy; president, Chemicals Group; senior vice president and chief financial officer; and president, Polymers Group. Mr. Rothwell currently serves as a director of OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., a publicly traded global provider of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals and decorative and functional surfaces.

Mr. Rothwell serves on the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors has determined that he is an audit committee financial expert. Mr. Rothwell also serves on the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.

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Lori A. Walker

Lori A. Walker has been a director of the company since 2015. Ms. Walker served as chief financial officer and senior vice president of The Valspar Corporation, a global coatings manufacturer, from 2008 to 2013, where she led the Finance, IT and Communications teams. Before this position, Ms. Walker served as Valspar’s vice president, controller and treasurer from 2004 to 2008, and as vice president and controller from 2001 to 2004. Prior to joining Valspar, Ms. Walker worked at Honeywell, Inc., a global conglomerate of commercial and consumer products, for 20 years in progressively increasing roles of responsibility, including as director of global financial risk management. Ms. Walker currently serves on the board of directors of Southwire Company, LLC, a private industrial manufacturer of wire and cable, and Constellium N.V., a publicly traded aluminum fabricator for automotive, aerospace and packaging industries.

Ms. Walker serves as chair of the Audit Committee and the Board of Directors has determined she is an audit committee financial expert. Ms. Walker also serves on the Compensation Committee.

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Paul S. Williams

Paul S. Williams has been a director of the company since June 2009. Since 2005, Mr. Williams has been a partner and managing director of Major, Lindsey & Africa, LLC, an executive recruiting firm, where he conducts searches for board members, CEO’s and senior legal executives. He also serves as director of Global Diversity Search, assisting legal organizations in enhancing their diversity. From 2001 through 2005, Mr. Williams served as executive vice president, chief legal officer & corporate secretary of Cardinal Health, Inc., a provider of products and services to healthcare providers and manufacturers. Mr. Williams is a well-respected leader in the area of diversity, frequently speaking on diversity-related issues. He currently serves as a director of Essendant, Inc. (f/k/a United Stationers Inc.), a publicly traded national wholesale distributor of business products. Mr. Williams served as a director of Bob Evans Farms, Inc., a publicly traded owner and operator of restaurants, from 2007 through 2017. He also served as Lead Independent Director of State Auto Financial Corporation, a publicly traded property and casualty insurance company, on whose board he served from 2003 to 2015.

Mr. Williams serves as chair of the Compensation Committee and also serves on the Audit Committee.

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Amy J. Yoder

Amy J. Yoder has been a director of the company since May 2012. Ms. Yoder is the president and chief executive officer of Anuvia Plant Nutrients, an enhanced efficiency fertilizer company. Prior to joining Anuvia in 2015, Ms. Yoder served as chief executive officer and president of Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC, a division of the world’s largest privately held crop protection and life science company from 2010 to 2015. Prior to joining Arysta, Ms. Yoder’s experience included positions as a senior advisor to Atlas Advisors, LLC; president of the United Industries division of Spectrum Brands, Inc.; vice president and general manager for Biolab of Chemtura, Inc.; vice president of the turf and specialty division of Nufarm Ltd.; president of the UAPTimberland division of United Agri Products; and North American brand manager and national sales manager at Monsanto. Ms. Yoder currently serves as a director of Arcadia Biosciences, Inc., a publicly traded agricultural biotechnology development company.

Ms. Yoder serves as chair of the Nominating/Corporate Governance Committee and also serves on the Compensation Committee.

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