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Leroy M. Ball


Leroy M. Ball

President and Chief Executive Officer

Leroy M. Ball is President and Chief Executive Officer of Koppers and serves on the company’s Board of Directors. Under Leroy’s leadership as CEO, Koppers is focused on safely delivering customer-focused solutions through the development and application of technologies to enhance and preserve wood. Additionally, he has placed special emphasis on advancing the company’s people-focused culture.

Leroy joined Koppers in September 2010 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, providing oversight for the finance, treasury, information technology and investor relations functions. From May to December 2014, he held the role of Chief Operating Officer with responsibility for the company’s global business operations. He was elected President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2015.

Prior to Koppers, Leroy spent 10 years with Calgon Carbon Corporation, an international chemical company. During this time, he served as Controller before being named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in 2002. He also served as the President of the company’s majority-owned Japanese joint venture.  Previously, Leroy was employed with Carmeuse Lime Co./Dravo Corporation for nine years where he held several positions in the finance area.   

Leroy is a member of the Allegheny Technologies Incorporated (ATI) Board of Directors and a Trustee of Robert Morris University.  Active in the community, he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia, the Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh and the United Way of Southwestern Pennsylvania.  Additionally, he is a Presidential Roundtable Member of the African American Chamber of Commerce and serves on The Academy Leadership Initiative (TALI) CEO Council.

In 2016, Leroy was honored with the Board Diversity Ambassador Award from 2020 Women on Boards, Pittsburgh.  In 2018, he was selected as an Outstanding CEO by the Pittsburgh Business Times.  Most recently, he was honored with the 2019 Safety in Action ICON Award from DEKRA Organizational Safety and Reliability.

Leroy received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Florida International University and earned an MBA from Robert Morris University.   

He resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and is the proud father of two daughters Leah and Ally.