Cordell Haymon

Board Chair

Cordell Haymon is a Baton Rouge attorney and businessman. He has a B.A. in Economics from Rice University and a J.D. from the LSU Law Center.

He was engaged in the active practice of law for 25 years and served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is currently VP of the Louisiana State Law Institute.

For over 20 years Mr. Haymon was principal owner and CEO of Petroleum Service Corporation which does barge and ship loading and unloading, marine dock operations, and industrial product handling. In 2004 the company was acquired by SGS, a global firm based in Geneva. Mr. Haymon continues to serve as VP of SGS Petroleum Service Corporation and on the Board of SGS North America.

Mr. Haymon has been an advocate for proactive planning and, while serving on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, chaired the committee which created a plan for the revitalization of downtown Baton Rouge (Plan Baton Rouge) in 1998. He is Chair of the Board of Directors for the Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX), which is the successor entity to Plan Baton Rouge.

Mr. Haymon is immediate past Chair of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge and of Major Gifts for the Capital Area United Way. He is currently Chair of the board of Teach for America-South Louisiana and of the Signal Mutual Insurance Association, which is the nation’s largest provider of worker’s compensation coverage for maritime workers.

Mr. Haymon is married to Ava Leavell Haymon, has two children and three grandchildren, and attends University Presbyterian Church.