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Governance and Leadership

Raj GuptaThe foundation on which Rohm and Haas’s reputation rests, is the sum of the integrity possessed by the entire workforce. I fervently believe Rohm and Haas is well-endowed in this respect. Our reputation is a gift from earlier generations who built this company with an ethical culture as a core value. This is a gift I am privileged to acknowledge, and one the present generation will honor and preserve...

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Leadership Profiles:

Gupta, Raj L., Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer

GuptaRaj L. Gupta joined Rohm and Haas in 1971 as a financial analyst.  He held positions of increasing responsibility during the decade, including a two-year stint as special assistant to the president of the company.

In 1979, he began work in Europe, first as financial manager of the U.K. subsidiary, then as strategic planning director for the region, and finally as assistant manager for the company's substantial operations in France.

In 1984, Mr. Gupta was named business manager for Ion Exchange Resins in Europe.  In 1987, he took on the responsibilities of business director for Plastics in Europe.  Two years later, Mr. Gupta became business unit director for the worldwide Plastics Additives business.

He was elected a vice president of the company and was named director for the Pacific Region in 1993.  Early in 1996, Mr. Gupta became one of six members of the Chairman's Committee and given oversight responsibility for the company's Electronic Materials business group.

In December 1998, Mr. Gupta was elected to the Board of Directors and named Vice Chairman in January 1999.  He became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer on October 1, 1999.  Mr. Gupta assumed the additional title of President in early 2005.

Mr. Gupta holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology (1967), a M.S. degree in Operations Research from Cornell University (1969), and a M.B.A. in Finance from Drexel University (1972).

Mr. Gupta is the immediate past Chairman of the American Chemistry Council, and the Society of Chemical Industry, America Section.  He sits on the board of trustees for Drexel University.  He is a member of the boards of Tyco, The Vanguard Group, the American Chemistry Council, and the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

He and his wife, Kamla, are residents of Newtown Square, Pennsylvania.


Archibald, Thomas L., Vice President; Director, Engineering and Operations

ArchibaldThomas L. Archibald joined Rohm and Haas in 1972 as a development engineer in the Louisville Plant.  He remained at the plant until 1981 holding positions of increasing responsibility, including development group leader, process technologist and production manager.

In 1982, Mr. Archibald moved to the Bayport Plant to assume the position of manufacturing manager.  Three years later, he was named operations director for the Latin American Region.  In 1988, he became manager of Process Engineering at the Engineering Division in Bristol, Pennsylvania.  He returned to Louisville in 1990 when he was promoted to the position of plant manager.

Elected a vice president in 1997,  Mr. Archibald was named Director of Engineering and Manufacturing at that time.  He assumed his present position in 1999.

Mr. Archibald earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in 1972.

He is a member of the board of the Delaware Valley Chapter of Junior Achievement.

Mr. Archibald and his wife reside in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.


Badami, Harish, Vice President, Rohm and Haas Company; President and Managing Director - India; General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, and Packaging and Building Materials, India

BadamiHarish Badami joined Rohm and Haas in India in 1995. He has held positions of increasing responsibility in sales and business development, regional procurement and strategic planning. In October 2001, he was appointed Managing Director of Rohm and Haas India, and also Area Business Manager overseeing two core businesses of Rohm and Haas - Coatings and Adhesives & Sealants. He was instrumental in leading the India entry strategy for Rohm and Haas, of which the investment in a state-of-art manufacturing plant at Taloja, Mumbai in 2003 and a newly constructed plant in Chennai, are key components.  In October 2004, Mr. Badami assumed the position of General Manager, Architectural and Functional Coatings for South East Asia and India, based in Singapore. In January 2007, Mr. Badami, was named President and Managing Director Rohm and Haas India. Mr. Badami was appointed a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company in September 2007.

Before joining Rohm and Haas, Mr. Badami spent six years with ICI India and served in ICI’s Chemicals and Catalysts divisions in various commercial and business roles. He also spent a year in the gases industry with British Oxygen Company, early in his career.

Mr. Badami earned a Bachelor of Technology degree in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Bombay in 1985, and an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta in 1989.

Mr. Badami, his wife Suman, and their two children reside Mumbai, India.


Barthelmes, Patrice, Director of Rohm and Haas France SAS, PBM Business Group Director (PBM World)

BarthelemesPatrice Barthelmes joined Rohm and Haas in 1999 as president of Shipley European Group. He was elected a Vice President of Rohm and Haas Vice President in 2001. Later that year he became responsible for the global Circuit Board Technology organization and for all of Electronic Materials in  Europe. In early 2004, he took on the added role of president of Rohm and Haas France. In May 2005, Mr. Barthelmes was named Director of the Plastic Additives Business Unit while maintaining his role of President of Rohm and Haas France.

In  January 2007, Mr. Barthelmes, began his current role at Rohm and Haas as Director Europe, Packaging and Building Materials.  In this capacity he is responsible for creating strong underlying processes and an operational support network across the organization that will help optimize operating costs.

Prior to joining Rohm and Haas, Mr. Barthelmes had an extensive career starting in 1983 with Air Liquide Group, where he held positions in Research and Development, and in Marketing. In 1989, he joined the Sanofi Group where he was vice president for Marketing and Sales for the Technical Gelatine Division. When SKW acquired this business from Sanofi, his responsibility was extended to the whole Gelatine Division. When he left in 1989, he was senior Vice President and General Manager for the Flavors and Fruit Preparations Division.

Mr. Barthelmes obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering from INSA Toulouse (France) in 1983. He earned an M.S. degree in International Management from IMD Business School, Lausanne (Switzerland) in 1988.

Mr. Barthelmes and his family live in Switzerland.


Barton, Alan E., Executive Vice President, Regional Director, The Americas

BartonAlan E. Barton joined Rohm and Haas in 1984 as a senior research scientist in the Agricultural Chemicals business.  Over the next six years, he held positions of increasing responsibility in Agricultural Chemicals, Industrial Coatings and Architectural Coatings. In 1991, he accepted the position of Business Development manager, Polymers and Resins, and moved to the Rohm and Haas location in Frankfurt, Germany.  While in Europe, Dr. Barton took on increasing leadership roles in Industrial and Architectural Coatings.  Returning to the United States in 1997, he was named business manager, North America and worldwide business director for Coatings.  He was elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas in 1999, and named to the Executive Council in 2001.  Dr. Barton also oversaw the company operations in Asia-Pacific as regional director from 2004 to 2005. 

Today, Dr. Barton is the Regional Director for the North American Region, while continuing to provide executive oversight for the Latin American Region.  In addition, he also has oversight responsibilities for the Global Operations, EHS and Procurement functions. Dr. Barton also leads our Sustainable Development efforts.

Dr. Barton holds a B.A. degree in Chemistry from Oxford University in the United Kingdom (1978), and a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from Harvard University (1984).

He is a member of the board of directors of Technitrol, Inc.

He resides in Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania with his wife and children.


Becky, Walter W., Vice President; Business Unit Director, Salt; President, Morton Salt

BeckyWalter W. Becky joined Morton International, Inc. as a financial accountant in 1974.  A year later, he was named manager of Corporate Accounting, and shortly thereafter was promoted to director of that function. Transferring to the Salt division in 1977, Mr. Becky held positions of increasing responsibility in the financial area including controller and vice president of Finance for Salt. He became vice president for Salt Group Production and Engineering in 1989.  In 1993, Mr. Becky was named president of Morton Salt. 

Rohm and Haas Company purchased Morton International in 1999 and elected Mr. Becky a company vice president and member of its Leadership Council. He serves as business unit director for Salt, as well as President of Morton Salt. Mr. Becky has announced his intention to retire at the end of March 2008. Until his departure, he will assume the role of Chairman of the Salt Group
Before joining Morton International, Mr. Becky held a management consultant position for Coopers & Lybrand from 1970 to 1974. Mr. Becky earned a BBA degree in Business from the University of Cincinnati in 1966.  He is a CPA in Illinois.

He is a member on the boards of the Morton Arboretum, the Home Safety Council and the Network for Sustained

Elimination of Iodine Deficiency.  He has also served in board positions at Central DuPage Hospital.

Mr. Becky and his wife, Sandy, reside in Wheaton, Illinois.


Bermudez, Jose Maria,Vice President, Director, Latin American Regional

BermudezJose Maria Bermudez joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1989, and has held increasing levels of responsibility in a variety of roles, including Quality Engineer Apizaco Plant, Mexico, HR Manager, Rohm and Haas Mexico, Mexico, Account Manager Paper & Graphic Arts, Mexico, HR Regional Director LAR, Miami, Fl, HR role plus Country Manager Rohm and Haas Mexico, Mexico City, Country Manager Mexico plus CIS Business Manager, Mexico City, and LAR General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, Mexico City and most recently Operations, Human Resources, Sales and General Management.

In 2007 Mr. Bermudez began his current assignment as Latin American Regional (LAR) Director. In addition, he is Latin American Region General Manager for Paint and Coatings Materials. In this role, Mr. Bermudez is responsible for the execution of the company's growth plans in the Latin American Region. He was appointed a Vice President of Rohm and Haas Company in September 2007.

He received a BS in Chemical Engineering at University of Las Americas Mexico, an MS in Quality Management at Tampa College, Florida USA, and a Master in Business Administration at Vanderbilt University, USA.

Mr. Bermudez resides in Mexico City with his family.


Brondeau, Pierre R., Executive Vice President, Rohm and Haas Company; Business Group Executive, Specialty Materials; President and CEO, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials; Executive Oversight, European and Asia-Pacific Regions

BrondeauPierre R. Brondeau joined Rohm and Haas Company in May 1989 as European marketing manager for the Plastics Additives business unit located in Paris.  In 1991, he transferred to Valbonne, France to head the Technical Service and Development Laboratories.

Dr. Brondeau was promoted to director of Plastics Additives Research in 1993, and moved to Shipley Company as director, Research, Sales and Marketing in 1995.  Since then, Dr. Brondeau has held top leadership positions at Shipley Company, including vice president, Operations and Technology (1997), and president and chief operating officer (1999).  In April 1999, Dr. Brondeau was named vice president and business group director of the Electronic Materials Division, and president and CEO of Shipley Company.  This group was later renamed Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials.  He added responsibilities as the European Regional director in 2003.  In October 2006, Dr. Brondeau was named executive vice president and business group executive for the newly created Specialty Materials business.  In this role, he retains senior executive oversight for Electronic Materials and the European and Asia-Pacific regions. Dr. Brondeau serves as a member of the board of directors of Tyco Electronics.

Prior to joining Rohm and Haas, Dr. Brondeau worked at Air Liquide in France.  He earned a B.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering at INSA France (1980), a M.S. degree in Biochemical Engineering at the University of Montpellier, France (1981), and a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering at INSA France (1983).

Dr. Brondeau lives in Philadelphia with his family.


Calabrese, Gary S., Vice President; Chief Technology Officer

CalabreseGary Calabrese joined the Shipley Company in 1989, where he was initially responsible for advanced chip lithography and metal deposition projects, including a major research collaboration with the United States Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C.  In 1994, Dr. Calabrese was named Shipley's North American director of Engineering, responsible for scaling up manufacturing processes for new products, customer technical support and plant engineering. He returned to research in 1997 as global director of R&D for the Microelectronics Materials business, and was named vice president and chief technology officer for Shipley two years later.

Dr. Calabrese became the first director of Rohm and Haas Company's new Emerging Technologies Group in 2002, a department focused on uncovering step-out innovations and technology platforms for new products.  He was named Chief Technology Officer and elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company in 2003.

He began his professional career at Polaroid Corporation in 1983 as a research chemist working on new imaging technologies for consumer products.  Two years later, he joined Allied-Signal at its Massachusetts-based Allied Health and Scientific Products Division as a research group leader. There he guided new technology development for the health care industry.

He earned a B.S. in Chemistry from Lehigh University, and his Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  Dr. Calabrese also held a post-doctoral appointment at M.I.T.  He has authored dozens of technical papers and patents, and is a member of the American Chemical Society, the Industrial Research Institute, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and SPIE. 

From 2001-03, Dr. Calabrese was a board director of Coviant, and is currently a board director of the Massachusetts High Technology Council and a member of The National Academies’ Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology. He serves as an advisory board member of Chemical and Engineering News, Innovation Ventures, L.P., Lehigh University Department of Chemical Engineering and the Washington University McDonnell International Scholars Academy.  Dr. Calabrese is a member of the U.S. National Research Council Panel on “Benchmarking the Research Competitiveness of the US in Chemical Engineering,” and the Steering Committee for the Chemical Heritage Foundation and the Society of Chemical Industry’s joint-hosted Innovation Day program (an event for which he serves as Chair in 2007).

Dr. Calabrese and his wife, Susan, reside in North Andover, MA, with their two children.


Carr, Neil, Vice President, Director, Procurement and Logistics

CarrNeil Carr joined Rohm and Haas Company in 2006 in a newly created position of Director, Business Transformation. Mr. Carr provided leadership and support for significant business transformation initiatives, with his first effort to work on the evaluation of the company’s legal structure in Europe and the potential consolidation of strategic positions with European responsibilities in a central location. In 2007, Mr. Carr was named Director of Procurement and Logistics. In this role, Mr. Carr will build on the current goals and strategies of the Procurement and Logistics organization and assure continuity in initiatives and relationships with suppliers and vendors. He was elected a Vice President in September 2007.

Before joining Rohm and Haas Company, Mr. Carr was President Managing Director at Elementis Specialties, LLC., a  manufacturer of specialty additives and pigment dispersions. Mr. Carr also worked with Smithkline Beecham in a number of functional and commercial roles.

He holds an MBA from the Kingston Business School, London, as well as an Economics degree from Cardiff University, South Wales.

Mr. Carr resides in Princeton, N.J.


Chandy, Ruby R., Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer

ChandyRuby Chandy joined Rohm and Haas Company in 2007 as Vice President, Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, Ms. Chandy will work closely with the senior management team to lead the growth and evolution of the marketing function within the company. She also has oversight responsibilities for the Advanced Materials and AgroFresh businesses.

Ms. Chandy joins the company with an impressive background in marketing and business management leadership for several science and technical-based organizations.  Most recently she has served as Vice President; Chief Marketing Officer for Thermo Fisher Scientific Corporation, where she served since 2001 in key business leadership roles. Prior to Thermo Fisher, Ruby led businesses at Boston Scientific and Millipore. At Millipore she worked as a senior executive in marketing and general management roles in the Liquid Products Division. Ms. Chandy held general management positions at Boston Scientific Corporation. She began her career at McKinsey and Company in Boston, focusing on marketing engagements for consumer goods and high technology clients

Ms. Chandy holds a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering from MIT, as well as graduate degree in Materials Science and Engineering from Northwestern University, and a MBA from the MIT Sloan School. She has served as a Director of Idex Corporation since 2006.


Croisetière, Jacques M., Executive Vice President; Chief Financial Officer

CroisetièreJacques M. Croisetière was elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company in 1999 when the company purchased Morton International, Inc.  He was named business director of Ion Exchange Resins at that time.  Two years later, he took on the additional responsibility of the Inorganic Specialty Solutions business, as well as director of the European Region, based in Paris, France.

Mr. Croisetière was elected Chief Financial Officer effective June 1, 2003.

Mr. Croisetière joined Morton International, Inc. (MII) in 1990 as vice president of Finance for Canadian Salt.  Three years later, he assumed the additional responsibility for MIS for the Morton Salt group. In 1994, he was named vice president of Finance for Adhesives and Specialty Polymers. In 1996, he was named vice president, Finance and Administration, of the Automotive Safety Product Division of MII in Ogden, Utah. Two years later, Mr. Croisetière was named vice president and general manager of Plastic Additives, Biocides and Sealants.

Before joining Morton, Mr. Croisetière served as director of Finance for Canadelle Inc., a division of Sara Lee, from 1983 to 1990.  Previously, he held financial positions at the Bank of Montreal, Master Card Division.

Mr. Croisetière earned his B.S. degree in Finance from the University of Montreal in 1985.

Mr. Croisetière and his wife, reside in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Douglas, Mark A., Vice President; Director, Asia-Pacific Region (APR) and President of Rohm and Haas China

DouglasMark A. Douglas joined Rohm and Haas in 1988 in the Croydon, UK office, after 10 years’ experience in the private sector. In ensuing years, he held increasingly responsible positions in marketing and sales representing: Textiles/Nonwovens, Paper, and Specialty Polymers.

In 1996, Mr. Douglas joined the European operations team for Polymers, Resins and Monomers where he was responsible for Class A attainment.  Two years later, he relocated to Singapore as regional business manager for Specialty Polymers and Adhesives, and shortly thereafter was named Global Business Manager for Pressure Sensitive Adhesives. In 2001, Mr. Douglas moved to the company's Philadelphia headquarters assuming responsibilities as General Manager for the Adhesives and Sealants business in North America.

In 2005, Mr. Douglas was named Procurement Director and was elected a vice president of the company. He was named to his current role in 2007. In this assignment, Mr. Douglas is dedicated to leading the effort to realize the potential of the region and achieving the ambitious company goals set for Asia-Pacific in the company’s Vision 2010 strategy.

Mark his wife and two children will live to Shanghai, China.


 

Eicher, Carol S., Vice President and Business Director, Primary Materials

EicherCarol S. Eicher joined Rohm and Haas in 2000 as Business Director for the Organic Specialties business, based in Philadelphia. She was named Americas General Manager for the Printed Wiring Board business of the wholly owned Shipley Company subsidiary, based in Marlborough, Massachusetts, in 2001. She also was named a Vice President of Shipley. The following year, Ms. Eicher’s responsibilities were expanded to include the European business as well.

In 2003, she returned to Philadelphia to become Business Director for the Process Chemicals business. She was elected a Vice President of Rohm and Haas Company that year. In January 2007, Ms. Eicher led the company’s newly formed Packaging and Building Materials business in North America, which combined Rohm and Haas’s adhesives, plastics additives and functional polymers businesses. She assumed her current role as Vice President and Business Director for Primary Materials in May 2007.

Ms. Eicher had an extensive career in the chemical industry before joining Rohm and Haas. She held various manufacturing positions during a 13-years career  for DuPont. In 1983, she was part of the startup team for the Electronics Technology Center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. In 1990, she moved to Wilmington, Delaware to become global manufacturing director for High Performance Film.

In May 1992, Ms. Eicher joined the Ashland Chemical Division of Ashland, Inc. In 1996, she became general manager of Refinery Petrochemicals and a Division Vice President. In 1998, her responsibilities were expanded to include the Engineering Department.

She holds a B.A. Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania (1979) an MBA from the York College of Pennsylvania (1990), and attended Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program in 1997.

Ms. Eicher is Treasurer of the Fairmount Park Conservancy, whose mission is to raise funds for the infrastructure improvement of the 9,000 acres of public green space owned by the City of Philadelphia. She is co-chair of the United Way Loaned Executive Committee, and a member of the Southeastern Pennsylvania (SEPA) United Way Campaign Committee. She has served as a United Way volunteer for more than 30 years.

Ms. Eicher lives in Wayne, Pennsylvania, with her husband and son.


Fahey, Jim, President and Business Unit Director, Microelectronic Technologies

FaheyJim Fahey joined Rohm and Haas in 1995 as a product engineer working on the IBM-Shipley DUV photoresist alliance.  He held several research and development and engineering roles of increasing responsibility at Rohm and Haas in the Micro business before being named R&D and Engineering director for Circuit Board Technologies (CBT) in 2000.  He was named director of Marketing for CBT in 2002, and a year later moved to Advanced Materials as Sales and Marketing director. He was named business unit director of Advanced Materials in 2004, and added responsibilities for the Digital Imaging business in 2006. 

In December 2007, Dr. Fahey was named president and business unit director of the Electronic Materials Microelectronic Technologies business.  He is a member of the Rohm and Haas Leadership Council.

Dr.  Fahey is based in the company’s Marlborough facility.

Before joining Rohm and Haas, Dr. Fahey worked in research and product development at IBM. He earned his bachelor of science in Organic Chemistry from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada. He obtained his masters of science in Polymer Chemistry and his Ph.D. in Chemistry from Cornell University, and is the author of numerous patents.


Ferguson, Robert J., Vice President, Business Unit Director, Circuit Board Technologies, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

FergusonRobert J. Ferguson joined Morton Electronic Materials in 1990, where he held several sales and marketing positions of increasing responsibility.  He moved to Automata, Inc. in 1997, where he was named vice president, Sales and Marketing, and returned to Morton Electronic Materials in 1998 as director of Marketing. 

Mr. Ferguson was named Sales and Business Development director in 1999 when Rohm and Haas acquired Morton International and its Electronic Materials business.  Two years later, he was promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing for the Printed Wiring Board business, and became North America general manager for the renamed Circuit Board Technologies business in 2003.

The European region was added to Mr. Ferguson’s general manager duties in 2005, and later that year, he transferred to Rohm and Haas Company’s Plastics Additives business as general manager for the Americas.  In January 2007, he assumed his current position. He was elected a Vice President in September 2007.

Mr. Ferguson has more than 20 years of experience in the electronics industry, and currently serves on the board of directors of IPC, a leading association serving the circuit board industry. His educational background is in electrical engineering and business management. 

He is based at the company’s new China Research and Development Center.  Mr. Ferguson and his family live in Shanghai, China. 


Fernandez, Luis, Vice-President; Business Group Director, Paint and Coatings Materials

FernandezLuis Fernandez joined Rohm and Haas Mexico in 1983 as assistant to the Operations Director.  A year later, he became a production area manager for Plexiglas sheet in the Apizaco Plant. During the next decade, Mr. Fernandez held positions of increasing responsibility in marketing and business management, both in Philadelphia and Mexico City. By 1996, he was working in Sao Paulo, Brazil, running both the Specialty Polymers and Plastics businesses for all of Latin America. In 1999, Mr. Fernandez headed to Europe, first to become the regional business manager for Specialty Polymers out of the UK office, and later, to head the global Printing and Paper Technologies business, based in the Paris office.

Relocating to the corporate headquarters in 2001, Mr. Fernandez worked as the sales and marketing director for the company's single largest business segment, the $900 million Architectural and Functional Coatings business in North America.

Mr. Fernandez was elected a vice president and named regional director for Latin America in 2002.  Returning to Philadelphia in 2004, he became Business Director for Plastics Additives. He assumed his Vice President and Business Unit Director titles in April 2005. He began his current role in January 2007.

Attending the Universidad Iberoamericana, Mr. Fernandez earned a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering.  He also attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.  Mr. Fernandez is fluent in four languages.

He and his wife, Martha, reside in Bluebell, Pennsylvania, with their two children.


Grannum, Clive, Vice President, General Manager North American Region, Packaging and Building Materials

GrannumClive Grannum joined Rohm and Haas as Global Marketing Director for Packaging and Building Materials in March 2007. Shortly thereafter, in July 2007, Mr. Grannum was appointed North American Region (NAR) General Manager for Packaging and Building Materials and elected a member of the company’s Leadership Council. In September 2007, he was elected a Vice President of Rohm and Haas.

Prior to joining Rohm and Haas, Mr. Grannum had a very extensive and successful career in multiple industries spanning specialty chemicals, industrial gases and aerospace. Most recently, he served as Senior Vice President, Uniqema and Vice President of The ICI Group. In this capacity he drove the turnaround and significant profitable growth of this specialty chemicals business.

Prior to The ICI Group, Mr. Grannum successfully ran various businesses and functional roles at The BOC Group including: Vice President and General Manager, Packaged Systems; Vice President, Global Glass Markets and Director of Finance and Strategic Planning for North America.

Mr. Grannum holds a B.S. Degree in Aerospace Engineering from Boston University and a Masters Degree in Management from Yale University.

He resides in West Chester, Pennsylvania with his family.


Hamilton, Michael G., Vice-President; Business Unit Director, Global Powder Coatings

HamiltonMichael G. Hamilton began his career with Rohm and Haas in 1991 in a sales role in Canada. After assuming increasing sales and marketing responsibilities in Canada, he relocated to Philadelphia in 1995, as a regional marketing manager in the acrylic polymers business. He then transferred to the Frankfurt, Germany office in 1997 for a Group Market Manager role in the Coatings group. In 2001, he was named European General Manager of the Architectural and Functional Coatings business.

In 2003, Mr. Hamilton returned to Philadelphia as the company's Director of Investor Relations. In 2004 he moved to Singapore as the Asia Pacific Business Director for the Performance Chemicals and Adhesives and Sealants Business Groups. Mr. Hamilton assumed his current position and was elected Vice President of Rohm and Haas Company in 2006

Mr. Hamilton obtained an Honors Degree in Chemistry (BSc.) from the University of Western Ontario (Canada) in 1989. He then earned an MBA from the Ivey Business School (Canada) in 1991.

Mr. Hamilton resides in Wayne, Pennsylvania with his wife and four children.


Hastings, Jonathan, Vice President, General Manager, Packaging and Building Materials, Europe

HastingsJonathan Hastings joined Rohm and Haas in 2003 as a Strategic Marketing Director in Adhesives and Sealants. He went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility including European General Manager for Rohm and Haas Adhesives and Sealants. In 2007, Mr. Hasting began his current role at Rohm and Haas as General Manager, Packaging and Building Materials, Europe. He was elected a Vice President in September 2007.

Before joining Rohm and Haas Mr. Hastings worked with Marakon Associates as a strategy consultant advising several Fortune 100 companies as well as with DuPont in several capacities including technology, manufacturing, strategic planning and market development in the polymers, fibers and pigments businesses.  Mr. Hastings has experience in several industries including energy, oil and gas, financial services, aerospace and equipment manufacturing.

He earned his Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from Bucknell University in 1984, his Masters in Mechanical Engineering from the University of S. Carolina in 1987 and his MBA from Wharton in 1996. 

He and his family reside in Switzerland.


Hoechner, Bruce, Vice President, General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, Asia-Pacific (outside India)

HoechnerBruce Hoechner joined Rohm and Haas in 1981 as a process design engineer in Corporate Engineering.  He transferred to the Bayport, Texas plant in 1983 as plant engineer. In 1985 Mr. Hoechner moved to the Home Office to assume the position of operations and customer service manager of Plastics Additives for North America. Three years later he was named Building Products marketing manager, Plastics North America.

In 1990, Mr. Hoechner relocated to Singapore as the company's business development manager for Plastics Additives, Asia-Pacific, working with our joint venture partner, Kureha Chemical. Transferring to Philadelphia in 1994, he was named the North American group marketing manager for Paper, Textile and Nonwovens Business Unit.  In 1996, he became the worldwide business unit director for Leather Chemicals.

In 1997, Mr. Hoechner returned to the Asia-Pacific Region as general manager of Rohm and Haas Thailand and Building Products business manager for Asia-Pacific. Returning to the Philadelphia in 1999, he was named global business director of the Textile, Nonwovens and Leather businesses.

In 2000, Mr. Hoechner was promoted to director, e-Transformation.  In this position, he led the Rohm and Haas worldwide business process redesign, ERP implementation and e-Business.  During this time, he was appointed to the Elemica Board of Directors. In January 2007, Mr. Hoechner began his current role at Rohm and Haas as General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, Asia-Pacific (outside India). In September 2007, he was elected a Vice President.

Mr. Hoechner earned his B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in 1981. In 1989, he completed the Wharton Executive Management Program at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

Mr. Hoechner resides in Shanghai, PRC with his wife.


Hurwitz, Geoffrey B., Vice President; Director of Government Relations

HurwitzGeoff Hurwitz joined Rohm and Haas in 1981 as manager of U.S. state government relations, after service in the Peace Corps in Thailand. In 1990, he became director of U.S. federal and state government relations and then director of Government Relations two years later.
 
Since then, Mr. Hurwitz has overseen the development of strategic government relations and lobbying efforts in other areas of the world – first in Europe and, most recently, in China. Today he directs corporate lobbying and government relations activities globally, including issues management, relationships with elected officials and serves as the primary company representative for interactions with key industry associations, including the American Chemistry Council.

Mr. Hurwitz holds a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Pennsylvania State University, and a M.A. degree in International Affairs from American University. He is a board member of the Public Affairs Council and is a member of the Business-Government Relations Council.

He and his wife are residents of Falls Church, Virginia.


Lewis, Philip G., Vice President; Director, Environmental Health, Safety(EHS) and Sustainable Development

LewisPhilip G. Lewis joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1983 as associate corporate medical director.  He was promoted to corporate medical director in 1988.  Dr. Lewis was named director of Safety, Health and Environmental Affairs in 1989.  In 1993, he was given responsibility for Product Integrity and elected a vice president.

Before joining the company, he served as Chief of Preventive Medicine and Epidemiologist for the III Corps and Darnall Army Hospital in Fort Hood, Texas.

Dr. Lewis received a bachelor of science degree in Chemistry from Widener University in 1972; a master of public health in epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of  Public Health, and a doctor of medicine from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine both in 1976.  He finished his residency in general preventive medicine in 1978 at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington, D.C., and his clinical fellowship in dermatology, occupational and environmental medicine at Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions in 1983.

Dr. Lewis is a teaching associate in the Division of Occupational Medicine, Department of Environmental Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health and the Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine of the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine.  He is a Fellow of both the American College of Preventive Medicine and the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Dr. Lewis is a member of the board of  trustees for Widener University.

Dr. Lewis is the recipient of numerous honors, including the George M. Sternberg Medal for Excellence in Preventive Medicine and Epidemiology. He is widely published and has lectured extensively on preventive, occupational and environmental medicine, public health, risk assessment, risk management and sustainable development.

Dr. Lewis resides in Yardley, Pennsylvania.


Lonergan, Robert A., Executive Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary

LonerganRobert A. Lonergan joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1999 as vice president and general counsel.  Mr. Lonergan is responsible for all of the Company’s legal affairs, directing the efforts of 50 Rohm and Haas in-house attorneys, and outside law firms.  Mr. Lonergan is also responsible for ensuring that the company continues to meet compliance, regulatory, safety, environmental, and employment law obligations in the more than 100 countries in which Rohm and Haas conducts business. In 2002, he was elected corporate secretary.

Mr. Lonergan began his career and honed his litigation skills with the antitrust group at Cadwalader, Wickersham, & Taft (New York, NY) and supervised antitrust, securities, product liability, toxic tort, and trademark litigation as counsel for Bethlehem Steel Corporation (Bethlehem, PA).  Mr. Lonergan held the position of vice president, general counsel and secretary at Kusan, Inc. (Brentwood, TN) and later served as vice president, general counsel, secretary and board member for Kennecott Corp. (Salt Lake City, UT), where he was responsible for all legal affairs at this mining and heavy metals company.  Immediately before coming to Rohm and Haas, Mr. Lonergan served as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary at Pegasus Gold Inc. (Spokane, WA), an international natural resources company.

He earned his A.B. degree in English Literature at Fordham College.  After serving as an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army in Vietnam, he received his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law (1975). Mr. Lonergan completed the Finance for Senior Executives Program at the Harvard Business School (1997).

Mr. Lonergan serves on the Science, Technology and Law Committee of the National Academy of Sciences; as a trustee of the Atlantic Legal Foundation, the Institute for Law and Economics at the University of Pennsylvania, and the Walnut Street Theatre; as a director of the National Association of Manufacturers, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, and the Corporate Executive Board of the Philadelphia Museum of Art; and is a founding member of the Independence Mall Business and Residents Coalition.

Mr. Lonergan and his wife live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Lovely, Richard R., Vice President, Corporate Director of Human Resources

LovelyRichard R. Lovely joined Rohm and Haas in 2007.  He is Vice President and Corporate Director of Human Resources and a member of the company’s Executive Council.

Mr. Lovely leads the company’s Human Resources function and guides the company’s workforce strategies.

Mr. Lovely is an experienced Human Resources executive with 23 years of professional assignments in a variety of organizations and corporate cultures, most recently serving as Vice President, Human Resources for Tyco International’s Fire and Security business. Prior to his Tyco role, He held Human Resource management positions both in the U.S. and in Europe for First USA/Bank One, and for PepsiCo.

A native of the New York City area, he is a graduate of Cornell University (B.S.), as well as Georgetown University (J.D.). He resides in Newtown, Pennsylvania with his family.


Macphee, Thomas D., Vice President; Director, Corporate Development and Strategy

MacpheeThomas D. Macphee joined Rohm and Haas in 1978 as a process chemist and since that time has worked in numerous areas including manufacturing,  polymer operations and new ventures. In 1992 he was named vice president of marketing and finance for Plaskon, an electronic materials subsidiary of Rohm and Haas.

In 1995 Mr. Macphee joined the Corporate Strategic Planning group and was named director in 1999.  In this role he has responsibility for strategic planning, acquisitions &  divestitures and venture investing.  He also has responsibility for new business development including oversight of Rohm and Haas' Advanced Materials and other emerging businesses – both internal and external.

Mr. Macphee earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry from University of Delaware in 1976.  He holds a M.B.A. in Finance from Temple University in 1982.

Mr. Macphee serves on the Board of Directors of the Economy League of Greater Philadelphia


Martin, Cheryl A., Vice President, General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, Europe

MartinCheryl A. Martin joined Rohm and Haas in 1988 as a Senior Scientist for Plastics Additives. In 1993, she became Quality Systems Manager for the corporation, helping establish quality control data systems for manufacturing sites throughout North America. In 1994 she returned to Plastics Additives in both research and marketing. In 1999, Dr. Martin became Worldwide Market Manager for Specialty Coatings. From 2000 to 2003, Dr. Martin was Director, Investor Relations where she was responsible for the company’s interactions and relationships with the investment community. In 2003, she became Director, Financial Planning, and took on the responsibility for the planning, forecasting and management reporting activities of the company. In 2005, Dr. Martin was named General Manager of the company’s Adhesives and Sealants business in North America. She assumed joint responsibility for the global business in April 2006.

Dr. Martin is the General Manager for the Paint and Coatings Materials business in Europe. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the business in this region. She was elected a Vice President in September 2007.

Dr. Martin earned an A.B. degree in Chemistry from the College of the Holy Cross in 1984. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1989.

She has been active in the American Chemical Society (ACS) and has served on a number of non-profit Boards in Philadelphia including the Corporate Alliance for Drug Education (CADE), and Womens Way.

She lives in Switzerland.


Mayer, Jean-Francois, Vice President, Director, Central & Eastern Europe and Turkey (CEET)

MayerJean-Francois Mayer joined the company in 1980 as the financial controller for Rohm and Haas France. In 1984, he became financial manager for Duolite, an ion exchange resin manufacturer that was purchased by Rohm and Haas. He transferred to Petroleum Chemicals in 1987, where he became sales manager; he was named business manager for Petroleum Chemicals, Europe, in 1991. In 1996, a joint venture, RohMax, was formed between Rohm and Haas and Röhm GmbH for the research, manufacture and sale of petroleum additives. Mr. Mayer was named project leader for this new venture.

Mr. Mayer left the company in 1998 to join the Arnaud Group, a leading chemical distributor in Europe, where he served as general manager, Paris. Rejoining Rohm and Haas in 2000, Mr. Mayer was named project leader for the divestiture of the Agricultural Chemicals business. Mr. Mayer served as Director of Procurement from 2001 to 2005. In that role, he oversaw the annual acquisition more than $3 billion in materials, energy, supplies and services. In 2005, Mr. Mayer was named Director of Eastern Europe, where he is responsible for developing, integrating and supporting the company’s growth efforts in this important part of the world. He was appointed a Vice President in September 2007.

Mr. Mayer obtained an MBA in Finance from the Paris Business School in 1976, and an MBA from Western Illinois University in 1977. He was a professor of Finance at the Graduate Business School in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, from 1978 to 1980, as part of his military service.

Mr. Mayer resides in Switzerland.


McKeogh, John F., Vice-President; Director, Public Affairs

McKeoghJohn F. McKeogh joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1976 as director of Corporate Communications and Public Relations.  He was elected vice president in 1999.  In 2005, Mr. McKeogh was named director of Public Affairs.

In his current position, Mr. McKeogh is responsible for a wide range of corporate activities dealing with the company’s external stakeholders and public issues.  In addition, he supports the Chairman’s Office in matters relating to Communications, Sustainable Development and Board Governance.
After completing his military service in 1966, he joined Scott Paper Company in Chester, PA.  In 1967, he was named Operations Manager for College Relations, and later assumed responsibility for management development, employee communications and community affairs at Scott's largest manufacturing facility.

In 1972, he joined First Pennsylvania Corporation as Director of Public Relations.  Mr. McKeogh was elected a vice president in 1974.

A native of Philadelphia, Mr. McKeogh is a graduate of LaSalle University, and later attended the University of Texas (El Paso) Graduate School of Journalism.  He earned his MBA from Widener University and holds an MS from the University of Pennsylvania.  He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Business.

Mr. McKeogh and his wife, reside in Churchville, PA.


McPeak, Brian, Vice-President, Director, Communications and Public Relations

McPeakMr. McPeak joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1986, as Public Affairs Manager and has served in a variety of subsequent communication and public affairs positions including manufacturing and environmental communications, organizational communications, philanthropy, and financial communications.

In 2005, he was named Director, Communications and Public Relations. In May, 2007 he was elected Vice-President of Rohm and Haas Company by the Board of Directors.

Mr. McPeak came to Rohm and Haas from the American Water Works Service Company where he was director of Community Relations and coordinated communications efforts for water utilities in New Jersey, New York and Connecticut.

Mr. McPeak graduated from Rutgers University with a B.A. degree in English. and an M.S. degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He and his wife reside in Audubon, NJ, with their four children.


Mink, Kim Ann, Vice President, Global General Manager, Ion Exchange Resins

MinkKim Ann Mink joined Rohm and Haas in 1988 as a Group Leader in the Analytical Research Department.  In 1991, she then became the Corporate Regulatory Affairs Manager in the Product Integrity Department with responsibility of managing programs to obtain and maintain FDA approvals for the use of Rohm and Haas products in FDA areas.  Since 1995, Dr. Mink has had several commercial roles of increasing responsibility, regionally and globally, including, NAR Account Manager, Petroleum Chemicals; Americas Marketing Manager and NAR Commercial Manager, Consumer and Industrial Specialties; Global General Manager for the Water Business in Process Chemicals; and Americas General Manager for Process Chemicals.  Most recently she was appointed the General Manager for the Worldwide Ion Exchange Resins Business.

Dr. Mink received her B.A. in chemistry from Hamilton College and a Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry from Duke University. In addition, she is a graduate of the Wharton School of Business Management Program.

She lives with her family in Harleysville, Pennsylvania.


Novo, Guillermo, Vice President; Business Director, Process Chemicals and New Platforms

NovoGuillermo Novo joined the Rohm and Haas Company in 1986 as a financial analyst for Polymers and Resins in the Latin American region. Through the years, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in Latin America including: account manager of Adhesives and Textiles/Non-wovens (1987), account manager of Construction Products (1989), and sales manager for the South Cone (1990).

He relocated to the company's headquarters in Philadelphia in 1993 where he served as market manager for Construction Products.

In 1996, Mr. Novo left Philadelphia to become the country manager for Rohm and Haas operations in Indonesia, where he assumed additional responsibilities for Specialty Polymers as Asia-Pacific regional business manager. Mr. Novo returned to Latin America in 1998 as regional director. He was promoted to the position of vice president and a member of the company's Leadership Council in 1999.

Returning to the corporate headquarters in 2002, he was named vice president and business unit director for the Consumer and Industrial Specialties business.  In 2007, Guillermo was named vice president and business unit director for the new Process Chemicals and Biocides business.

In addition to his business unit responsibilities, in 2005 Guillermo assumed leadership for the Rohm and Haas Corporate-wide Diversity Efforts. In this role, he drives the company's culture change process and establishes the linkage of diversity to the business strategy.

Mr. Novo is a member of the board of directors for the United Way of Southeast Pennsylvania. He served as President of the United Way in Brazil (Associacao Caminhando Juntos) from 2000 to 2001.

Mr. Novo earned his B.S. in Engineering at the University of Central Florida in 1984, and his MBA from the University of Michigan in 1986.

He and his wife reside in Lower Gwynedd, Pennsylvania.


Paik, Yi Hyon, Vice President; Business Group Director, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

PaikYi Hyon Paik joined Rohm and Haas in 1990 as a senior scientist in the Research Division in Spring House, Pennsylvania, after two years as a Research Fellow at Columbia University in New York.

In 1995, Dr. Paik became the Korean country manager for Shipley Company, a Rohm and Haas subsidiary that later would become part of Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials.  Dr. Paik returned to the Philadelphia area in 1997 as manager of Strategic Planning, Mergers and Acquisitions.  In this position, he helped manage the corporate planning process for Rohm and Haas Company, and negotiated several transactions, including acquisitions and alliances in the Asia-Pacific Region.

In 1999, Dr. Paik moved to Japan to become vice chairman of Shipley Far East Ltd.  Two years later, he was named chairman and CEO of Shipley Far East and president of Shipley Asia, responsible for the full range of Electronic Materials businesses in the Asia-Pacific region. He relocated to the United States to become president of the Microelectronic Technologies business unit in 2004, and was promoted to his current position in 2007.

Dr. Paik was elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company, and made a member of the Leadership Council, in July 2002.

He holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemistry from Seoul National University (1979 and 1981, respectively), and a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh (1987).

Dr. Paik and his wife reside in Princeton Junction, New Jersey.


Schram, David N., Vice President; Business Unit Director, Packaging and Finishing Technologies, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

SchramDavid N. Schram joined LeaRonal in 1973 and held various positions of increasing responsibility, including research manager, corporate technical coordinator, and assistant vice president and director of Marketing. He was promoted to vice president of Sales and Marketing in 1994.

When LeaRonal became part of Shipley in 1999, Mr. Schram was named vice president of Global Sales for Shipley Ronal, and a year later became president of Shipley Ronal's Electronic and Industrial Finishing Division. In 2004, the company’s name was changed to Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials, and shortly thereafter, the business unit’s name was changed to Packaging and Finishing Technologies (PFT).  Mr. Schram leads this business from PFT’s administration, manufacturing, and research facility in Freeport, New York.

He became a member of the Rohm and Haas Leadership Council in 2002, and was elected a Rohm and Haas Company vice president in 2006.  Mr. Schram, who has co-authored numerous patents in electronic finishing, has more than 30 years of experience in the electronics and surface finishing industry.

Mr. Schram and his family reside in Northport, New York.


Schuller, Joan A., Vice President, General Manager, Packaging and Building Materials, Asia-Pacific (outside India)

SchullerJoan Schuller joined Rohm and Haas in 1993 as a Project Engineer in the company's Engineering Division. She went on to hold positions of increasing responsibility including Rohm and Haas Asia-Pacific Region General Manager, Plastics Additives; Sales Manager, AFC Eastern North America, Global Director, Paint Quality Institute, and Project Manager, Landskrona Plant Expansion

Ms. Schuller began her current role at Rohm and Haas as General Manager, Packaging and Building Materials, Asia-Pacific (outside India). In this capacity she has the responsibility and resources to develop the right strategy and the right business model to ensure a sustainable, profitable financial performance, and to develop and retain talent. She was appointed a Vice President in September 2007.

Ms. Schuller earned her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1993 and MBA in Finance from Temple University in 1999. 

She and her family reside in Singapore.


Shoemaker, Sam, Vice President; Business Unit Director, CMP Technologies, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

ShoemakerSam Shoemaker joined Morton’s Electronic Materials Division in the United States in 1984.  He held several positions of increasing responsibility in Research and Development and Technical Service before becoming a product manager in 1989.

In 1993, Mr. Shoemaker was promoted to Morton’s Regional Sales and Marketing manager for Asia.  After Rohm and Haas acquired Morton in 1999, Mr. Shoemaker became a business director in the company’s Electronic Materials business group.  Two years later, he was named managing director for ShipleyRonal in Asia for the businesses that are today part of the Packaging and Finishing Technologies and Circuit Board Technologies businesses.

In 2005, Mr. Shoemaker was asked to serve as the director, Asia-Pacific region (APR) for Electronic Materials, and that same year, he accepted broader responsibilities as the Company’s overall director for APR Strategic Planning.  His responsibilities were enhanced in 2005 when he was promoted to APR regional director for Rohm and Haas and named business unit director for the Circuit Board Technologies business unit.  He assumed his current position in 2007.

Mr. Shoemaker was elected a vice president of Rohm and Haas Company in 2005.

He earned his B.A. degree in Chemistry from the University of San Diego in 1986.  

He and his family reside in Landenberg, Pennsylvania.


Swanson, James C., Vice President; General Manager, Paint and Coatings Materials, NAR

SwansonJames C. Swanson joined Morton International, Inc. in 1992 as director of sales for Powder Coatings.  He was elected vice president and named general manager of Powder Coatings in 1996. 

Rohm and Haas Company purchased Morton International in 1999, and elected Mr. Swanson a company vice president and member of its Leadership Council.  He served as business director for Powder Coatings until 2002.  At that time, he was named to his present position of general manager for Paint and Coatings Materials, North America.

Before joining Morton International, Mr. Swanson held various positions in engineering, sales and marketing for Air Products and Chemicals from 1979 to 1992.  Previously, he held engineering positions at both Celanese Chemical (1977-1979) and Texaco, Inc. (1975-1977).

Mr. Swanson earned a B.S. degree (1975) in Civil Engineering from Syracuse University.  Later he received an MBA from Wilkes University (1991).

Mr. Swanson and his wife reside in Slatington, Pennsylvania.


Wilms, Anne M., Executive Vice President; Chief Information Officer

WilmsAnne M. Wilms joined Rohm and Haas in 1999 as Vice President and Chief Information Officer.  She has global responsibility for all aspects of Information Technology. In January of 2005 she was appointed to the executive council. She held the position of Director of Human Resources between June of 2005 and June 2007.

Previously with Sonat, Inc. (Birmingham, AL), Ms. Wilms served as Vice President and Chief Information Officer responsible for all corporate and subsidiary computing, telecommunications, IT infrastructure and operating company applications. Earlier in her career, she held a variety of IT management positions, including work for Oracle Corporation (Redwood City, CA) and as Director of Information Systems for Wisconsin Power and Light (Madison, WI).

Ms. Wilms is a board member of NPower National, the Red Cross SE Pennsylvania, a member of the Villanova University CIO Advisory Council.

Ms. Wilms and her family reside in Bryn Mawr, Penn.


Wirth, Gray, Vice President; Director, European Region

WirthGray Wirth joined Rohm and Haas in 1995 as an account manager for the company’s Agricultural Chemicals business. Ensuing assignments included greater responsibility within Agricultural Chemicals as a global product manager in 1997, and then regional brand manager for the Americas in 1999. Mr. Wirth relocated to Frankfurt, Germany in 2000 to become the European Region Marketing Manager for the Architectural and Functional Coatings business. In 2002, Mr. Wirth became Business Director for AgroFresh. In 2005, Mr. Wirth was elected a vice president and named Business Unit Director for the company’s Monomers business.

In 2007, Mr. Wirth accepted the role of Director of the European Region.

Mr. Wirth previous work experience included four years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a commissioned officer.

He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from Cornell University in 1989 and received his MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Harvard University in 1995.

He and his family reside in Switzerland.


Yang, Dominic C., Vice President, Business Unit Director, Microelectronic Technologies, Rohm and Haas Electronic Materials

YangDominic C. Yang joined Rohm and Haas Company in 1996 as general manager of the Microelectronic Technologies business unit in Korea.  In 2000, Dr. Yang was promoted director of Technology and Technical Marketing for Microelectronic Technologies’ Asia-Pacific region, and two years later became the business’s Asia-Pacific region general manager.  He expanded his responsibilities in 2005 when he was named Asia-Pacific region general manager for both the CMP Technologies and Microelectronic Technologies businesses.

Prior to joining Rohm and Haas, Dr. Yang was an Advanced Material and Lithographic Process Module Development engineer at Motorola’s Semiconductor Fabrication division in Austin, Texas.  He was also employed by IBM in East Fishkill, New York, where he held technical positions of increasing responsibility in Materials Development, including Photosensitive Material Development team leader and Cost Performance Packaging Program manager.  He began his career at MIT in 1986 as a polymer and catalyst chemist.

Dr. Yang was promoted to his current position, and joined the Rohm and Haas Company Leadership Council, in January 2007. He was appointed a Vice President in September 2007.

He earned a B.S. degree in Chemistry (1981) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry (1986), both from the University of Chicago.  

Dr. Yang lives in Seoul, Korea, with his family.