Harsco has announced that vice chairman and former chief executive Geoffrey D. H. Butler will now retire at the end of this month – six months earlier than planned.
Butler, joined Harsco in 1993 with its acquisition of MultiServ International and went on to become chief executive and a board member in January 2002. He moved to his present role in July 2010, with the original plan to retire in June 2011.
A statement from the company said: "The board of directors expresses their thanks and appreciation to Geoff Butler for his contribution in helping to construct the solid foundation that has permitted Harsco to become a more global and able company through his integrity, loyalty, dedication, hard work and leadership. We wish him and his family well in his retirement."