Compass Minerals Names Gordon Dunn Chief Operations Officer

Gordon Dunn, newly named chief operations officer for Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) (Photo: Business Wire)

OVERLAND PARK, Kan.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP), a leading global provider of essential minerals, today announced the appointment of Gordon Dunn as the company’s new chief operations officer (COO). In this role, Dunn holds executive management responsibility over all global operations within the company’s Salt and Plant Nutrition businesses, building upon his tenure leading the company’s U.K. operations since January 2012.

“In addition to Gordon’s extensive experience leading safe and responsible operations, his technical expertise will serve us well as we focus on operational efficiencies and cost reduction initiatives across our operating footprint. His deep familiarity with our salt mining assets will be particularly important,” said Edward C. Dowling Jr., president and CEO. “I’m confident his steady leadership will further bolster the strong performance culture we are building, which we expect will ultimately translate to improved returns for shareholders.”

Dunn brings more than 40 years of combined experience in mining. Prior to joining Compass Minerals in October 2007, Dunn held positions of increasing responsibility at Air Liquide UK Limited, a gas, equipment and services company, Linde Gas, a global multinational chemical company, and UK Coal, the largest coal mining business in the United Kingdom.

Dunn earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Hull and a Bachelor of Science in mining and mining engineering from Nottingham Trent University.

Dunn succeeds George J. Schuller Jr. who had served as the company’s COO since September 2019. As part of this transition, Schuller has left Compass Minerals.

About Compass Minerals

Compass Minerals (NYSE: CMP) is a leading global provider of essential minerals focused on safely delivering where and when it matters to help solve nature’s challenges for customers and communities. The company’s salt products help keep roadways safe during winter weather and are used in numerous other consumer, industrial, chemical and agricultural applications. Its plant nutrition products help improve the quality and yield of crops, while supporting sustainable agriculture. Additionally, its next-generation, long-term fire retardant products provide a more innovative and environmentally friendly option in the fight against wildfires. Compass Minerals operates 12 production and packaging facilities with nearly 2,000 employees throughout the U.S., Canada and the U.K. Visit for more information about the company and its products.

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