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Phosphate Holdings names Ajay Kumar and Robert Kerley to senior executive positions

MADISON, Mississippi — Ajay Kumar joined Phosphate Holdings, Inc. as Senior Vice President and General Manager of Operations, effective April 7, 2014.

We are pleased to have added Ajay Kumar to our senior management team,” said James L. Sherbert, Chief Executive Officer. “Ajay brings a wealth of operations and engineering knowledge to his new challenge of managing our Pascagoula, MS plant facilities. We look forward to his contributions and leadership.”

Mr. Kumar has strong credentials for this position. In addition to diverse operations experience, he is a Chemical Engineer, with a BE from Indian Institute of Technology, holds a Master of Science degree in Atmospheric Science/Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Loyola University in Baltimore, MD. He is also a Registered Professional Engineer, a Certified Safety Professional and a Board Certified Environmental Engineer. Most recently, Mr. Kumar was Plant Manager at the Ada, OK facility of Holcim US, Inc.

In another senior-level addition, Robert P. Kerley will also join Phosphate Holdings, Inc. as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, effective May 27, 2014.

We are pleased to announce that Robert Kerley will be joining our management group,” said James L. Sherbert. “Robert brings deep public company accounting and reporting experience combined with an entrepreneurial mindset and we look forward to his leadership in our financial and administrative areas and his strong executive skills.”

Mr. Kerley has an excellent financial background in both public and private companies in addition to prior audit experience with Arthur Anderson & Company. Most recently, he was Chief Accounting Officer of Walter Energy Company, a $3B multi-national mining company based in Birmingham, AL. Prior to that, his career, spanning in excess of 25 years, included senior financial and business management positions at Harris Corporation, a technology company, where his assignments included responsibilities in the United States, India and China. Mr. Kerley holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting and is a Certified Public Accountant.

According to Mr. Sherbert, “With the addition of Ajay Kumar and Robert Kerley, we have gained considerable technical expertise and solid executive experience in two critical areas of our Company. We look forward to their contributions to our future success.”

Phosphate Holdings, Inc., is a Delaware corporation and the sole stockholder of Mississippi Phosphates Corporation. Mississippi Phosphates Corporation is a Delaware corporation with its executive headquarters in Madison, MS. Mississippi Phosphates Corporation owns and operates manufacturing facilities in Pascagoula, MS, which produce diammonium phosphate, the most common form of phosphate fertilizer used as a source of phosphate on all major row crops.


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About Ross Reily

Ross Reily is editor of the Mississippi Business Journal. He is a husband to an amazing wife, dad to 3 crazy kids and 2 dogs. He is also a fan of the Delta State Fighting Okra and the Boston Red Sox.

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