Board of Directors

Joel Hackney

Joel Hackney

J. Joel Hackney, Jr. is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of AVINTIV Specialty Materials (formerly PGI). Mr. Hackney served in this role from June 2013 to November 2015 after holding numerous leadership positions over the past two decades for some of the world's most influential businesses.

From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Hackney was an executive at Avaya, serving as Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing, President of Field Operations, and President of Government and Data Solutions. Prior to Avaya, Mr. Hackney spent four years in various executive positions at Nortel Networks Corporation, including President of Nortel Enterprise Solutions and Senior Vice President of Global Operations and Quality.

Mr. Hackney also spent fourteen years at General Electric. He was a member of GE’s senior executive team, where he led various businesses and functions in both the U.S. and Europe. Mr. Hackney holds a B.S. degree in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.