Harsco Corporation has named David Everitt interim president and chief executive officer after Patrick Decker stepped down to become CEO of Xylem Inc.
Everitt, whose appointment is effective immediately, has served as a member of the board at Harsco since 2010. During his 37-year career with Deere & Company, he served as co-leader of the Agriculture and Turf Division and also held a number of other senior leadership positions. Everitt is also a member of the board of directors of Gates Corporation, Brunswick Corporation and Agrium Inc.
“Patrick has led Harsco through a critical period of its transformation and, together with the leadership team and board, has implemented a strategic plan to improve operating efficiency and position the company for long-term growth,” said Henry Knueppel, chairman of the Harsco Board of Directors. “We are pleased that Dave has agreed to assume the role of interim president and CEO and are confident that his in-depth knowledge of Harsco and his expertise as a successful senior executive will allow us to effect a seamless transition as we search for a permanent CEO.”
The board will begin its search process immediately and will engage a leading executive search firm to assist in this process.