Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Scott Sewell, Director, President & CEO

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Scott Sewell joined Charah Solutions in 2008 as Operations Manager and held the positions of Vice President of Operations and Senior Vice President of Operations until 2013 when he was appointed Chief Operating Officer (COO). As COO, Scott was responsible for maintaining oversight of Charah operations, safety management, business development and utility relations. Scott was appointed President and CEO in 2019. Prior to joining Charah, he worked for Bechtel Corporation from 2002 until 2007. Scott graduated with a bachelor’s degree in international business from the College of Charleston in South Carolina. He is a Six Sigma Yellow Belt and holds professional affiliations as a member of the Association of Equipment Management Professionals and the International Erosion Control Association.

Robert Flexon, Director

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Mr. Flexon most recently retired from his role as the President and Chief Executive Officer of Dynegy Inc., a position he held since 2011. Prior to joining Dynegy, Mr. Flexon served in a number of executive leadership roles, including as President and Chief Executive Officer of Foster Wheeler USA Corporation and separate stints as NRG Energy Inc.’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer. He began his career with the former Coopers & Lybrand public accounting firm in 1980. Mr. Flexon also has deep boardroom experience, and has been an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee for Westmoreland Coal Company since May 2016, a Director of Dynegy Inc. since June 2011, and a Director of Capstone Turbine Corporation since April 2018. Mr. Flexon also previously served as a Director at Foster Wheeler AG from May 2006 to November 2009. Mr. Flexon is a Certified Public Accountant and holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Villanova University.

Mark Spender, Director

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Mr. Spender is a Managing Director and member of the Investment Committee at Bernhard Capital Partners (BCP). Since joining BCP in October 2015, Mr. Spender has led the firm’s investments in the environmental and utility services industries. Prior to his roles at BCP, Mr. Spender was a Managing Director in the Global Industrials Group in the Investment Banking Department at Credit Suisse, where he began his career in 2000. Mr. Spender held numerous roles in the Investment Banking Department at UBS from 2004 to 2011. During his more than 15 years in investment banking, Mr. Spender focused on a variety of industrial subsectors, including engineering and construction, building products and construction materials, and industrial distribution. Mr. Spender holds a B.B.A. in finance with highest distinction from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.

Jack A. Blossman, Jr., Director

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Mr. Blossman has been a practicing attorney for 25 years, primarily focusing his practice on the utility regulatory field. He is Of Counsel at the New Orleans law firm of Milling Benson Woodward LLP, which he joined in 2017. Prior to his current role, Mr. Blossman worked as a solo practitioner and general consultant. He was a member of the Louisiana Public Service Commission from 1996 to 2008, and served two terms as its Chairman from 2002-2003 and 2007-2008. Mr. Blossman has extensive previous board experience, having been served on the Board of Directors for Parish National Bank before it was acquired by Whitney Holding Corp. from 1993 until 2008. Mr. Blossman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in general studies from Louisiana State University in 1987 and a J.D. from Southern University School of Law in 1991.

Mignon Clyburn, Director

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Ms. Clyburn served as a Commissioner of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from 2009 to 2018, including as acting chair during the last five years of her tenure. While at the FCC, she was committed to closing the digital divide and championed the modernization of the agency’s Lifeline Program, which assists low-income consumers with voice and broadband service. In addition, Mignon promoted diversity in media ownership, initiated Inmate Calling Services reforms, supported inclusion in STEM opportunities, and fought for an open internet. Previously, she served 11 years on the Public Service Commission of South Carolina and worked for nearly 15 years as publisher of the Coastal Times, a Charleston weekly newspaper focused on the African American community. Mignon holds a bachelor of science degree in banking, finance and economics from the University of South Carolina.

Tim Poché , Director

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Mr. Poché is the Chief Financial Officer & Chief Compliance Officer at Bernhard Capital Partners Management, LP (BCP). He serves as a member of the Investment Committee and Portfolio Company Review Committee at BCP, a private equity management firm. Since joining BCP in 2013, he oversees all aspects of finance, compliance, and financial reporting. Prior to joining BCP, Mr. Poché served as Senior Vice President and Chief Accounting Officer for The Shaw Group. Along with this role, Mr. Poché served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for the largest operating segment at Shaw, Shaw Power. Before his time with Shaw, Mr. Poché spent 22 years as a Partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP. During his tenure at Deloitte, Mr. Poché served as Office Managing Partner and Professional Practice Director in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to that, he was a Lead Client Service Partner in Houston, Texas where he worked with multi‐national, Fortune 500 companies operating in the utility, services, and midstream sectors of the energy industry. Mr. Poché received his B.S. in Accounting from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Dennis Whalen, Director

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Mr. Whalen retired as Senior Partner with KPMG in 2020 with expertise in driving innovative growth, aligning risk with strategy, and developing dynamic talent. He served as the lead audit partner on key clients, including GE Healthcare, Pfizer, The Shaw Group, Halliburton, and Koch Industries. Mr. Whalen brings more than 35 years of global experience and an exceptional record of delivering results for his broad technical, operational, and business experience to serve as a trusted advisor to senior leaders and board members across the energy, construction, industrial manufacturing, and life sciences industries in both developed and emerging markets as well as shaping governance strategy to create long-term value and unlock the power of diversity. As the founder of KPMG’s Board Leadership Center, Mr. Whalen is nationally recognized as a thought leader in governance strategy, fostering best practices that support growth, managing risk, and exceeding investor and stakeholder expectations. Mr. Whalen is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD), recently attained the distinction of Directorship Certified by successfully passing NACD’s new exam and has been consistently named as one of the most influential people in governance in America by NACD’s Directorship magazine.