Mark C. Rohr is chairman and chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer applications. Rohr was named chairman and CEO effective April 2, 2012 after being a member of the company’s board of directors since 2007. While on the board, Rohr served on the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee and on the Environmental, Health and Safety Committee.
Prior to Celanese, Rohr spent 11 years at Albemarle Corporation, most recently as executive chairman and director and previously in various executive positions including chairman and CEO. Under his leadership, the company finished 2011 with its highest annual revenue and earnings. Rohr also facilitated the company’s expansion with acquisitions and new sites in Europe, Asia and South America. Rohr also fostered a deeper commitment to corporate social responsibility through increased employee engagement. In 2010 and again in 2011, the company was named to Corporate Responsibility Magazine’s 100 Best Corporate Citizen’s list, which is acknowledged as the world’s most respected corporate responsibility ranking and one of the top three business rankings in the United States. Earlier in his career, Rohr held executive leadership roles with companies including Occidental Chemical Corporation and Dow Chemical.
He currently serves on the board of directors of Ashland Inc. and the American Chemistry Council. Rohr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from Mississippi State University and serves on the advisory board for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Christopher W. Jensen was named Chief Financial Officer in July 2015 and has served
as senior vice president, finance for Celanese Corporation since 2010. He has global
responsibility for treasury, tax, accounting, SEC reporting, financial planning and
analysis, internal audit, financial shared services and information technology. Prior to
his current role, Jensen progressed through several Celanese roles including vice
president of finance and treasurer, and vice president and corporate controller.
Before joining Celanese, Jensen worked in the inspections and registration division of
the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. He spent 13 years at
PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in various positions in both the assurance and mergers
and acquisitions groups. Jensen earned Bachelor of Science in accounting and Master
of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University and is a certified public
Peter G. Edwards has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation since January 23, 2017. Mr. Edwards previously was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Baxalta Inc., the biopharmaceutical spin-off from Baxter, from June 2015 until its merger with Shire plc in July 2016. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the global specialty pharmaceuticals company Mallinckrodt plc from June 2013 to June 2015, and served as its Vice President and General Counsel from May 2010 to its spin-off from Covidien plc in June of 2013. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Brussels, Belgium from June 2007 until April 2010 and as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel in the U.S. from October 2005 to June 2007. Before that, he held in-house positions of increasing responsibility within Mettler-Toledo, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company. Mr. Edwards began his career in 1990 as an associate in the Kansas City, Missouri office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Mr. Edwards received his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University.
Scott Sutton was named executive vice president and president, Materials Solutions, in May 2015. Most recently, he was vice president and general manager of the engineered materials business of Celanese since January 2015 and also served as vice president of supply chain since March 2014 with overall accountability for EHS, procurement, logistics, global manufacturing and capital. Sutton joined Celanese in August 2013 as vice president of acetic acid and anhydride.
Sutton has 28 years of prior industry experience. He joined Celanese from Chemtura Corporation where he was the president and general manager of the AgroSolutions business.
Prior to that, Sutton was the business manager for Landmark Structures and a division vice president for Albemarle Corporation, where he held positions in engineering, manufacturing, finance, sales, marketing, regional management, affiliate management, and business management over a 19-year span.
He earned a civil engineering degree from Louisiana State University and is a registered professional engineer in Texas.
Patrick “Pat” Quarles joined Celanese as executive vice president and president, Acetyl Chain, in May 2015. Quarles joins Celanese from LyondellBasell, where he was executive vice president of the Intermediates and Derivatives (I&D) segment and the supply chain and procurement functions since January 2015. He was also a member of LyondellBasell’s Management Board since April 2014. Previously, he served as senior vice president – I&D since 2009. Quarles joined Lyondell in 1998 and has also served as vice president of performance chemicals, director of business performance and analysis and director of investor relations.
Quarles has 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. He began his career with ARCO/Union Carbide in 1990 where he held various positions in sales, marketing and business management.
Quarles earned a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson University in 1989 and a master of management degree from The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 1995.
Jean S. Blackwell has served as a member of the board of directors of United Stationers Inc., a leading national wholesale distributor of business products, since May 2007, including previously as the chair of the human resource committee and currently as the chair of the governance committee and a member of the audit committee. She previously served as a member of the board of directors from April 2004 to November 2009 and as chairperson of the audit committee of Phoenix Companies Inc., a life insurance company. Ms. Blackwell served as Chief Executive Officer of Cummins Foundation and Executive Vice President, Corporate Responsibility, of Cummins Inc., a global power leader that designs, manufactures, distributes and services diesel and natural gas engines and engine related component products, from March 2008 until her retirement in March 2013 and previously had served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2003 to 2008, Vice President, Cummins Business Services from 2001 to 2003, Vice President, Human Resources from 1998 to 2001 and Vice President and General Counsel from 1997 to 1998 of Cummins Inc. Prior to joining Cummins, Ms. Blackwell was a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP from 1979 to 1991, where she practiced in the area of financial and real estate transactions. She has also served in state government, including as Executive Director of the Indiana State Lottery Commission and State of Indiana Budget Director.
Mr. Brown has been a member of our board since 2016. Mr. Brown is Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company. Mr. Brown joined Harris in November 2011 as President and Chief Executive Officer and was appointed Chairman in April 2014. Prior to joining Harris, Mr. Brown was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Development, of United Technologies Corporation ('UTC'). Earlier, he served five years as President of UTC's Fire & Security Division. In all, Mr. Brown spent 14 years with UTC, holding U.S. and international roles at various divisions, including Carrier Corporation's Asia Pacific Operations and the Carrier Transicold division. Before joining UTC in 1997, he worked for McKinsey & Company as a senior engagement manager. He began his career as a project engineer at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. Mr. Brown serves on the board of directors of the Fire Department of NYC Foundation and the board of trustees of both the Florida Institute of Technology and the Florida Polytechnic University.
Edward G. Galante served as Senior Vice President and as a member of the management committee of Exxon Mobil Corporation, an international oil and gas company, from August 2001 until his retirement in 2006. Prior to that, he held various management positions of increasing responsibility during his more than 30 years with Exxon Mobil Corporation, including serving as Executive Vice President of ExxonMobil Chemical Company from 1999 to 2001. Mr. Galante currently serves as a director (since 2007), chairman of the compensation and management development committee and as a member of the governance and nominating committee of Praxair, Inc. He also serves as a director (since 2008), chairman of the compensation and executive development committee and as a member of the audit committee of Foster Wheeler AG, and as a director (since2010) and chairman of the governance and nominating committee of Clean Harbors, Inc.
David F. Hoffmeister served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Life Technologies Corporation, a global life sciences company, prior to its acquisition by Fisher Scientific Inc. in February 2014. From October 2004 to November 2008, he served as Chief Financial Officer of Invitrogen Corporation, which merged with Applied Biosystems in November 2008 to form Life Technologies Corporation. Before joining Invitrogen, Mr. Hoffmeister spent 20 years with McKinsey & Company as a senior partner serving clients in the healthcare, private equity and chemical industries on issues of strategy and organization. From 1998 to 2003, Mr. Hoffmeister was the leader of McKinsey’s North American chemical practice.
Jay V. Ihlenfeld served as the Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, for 3M Company, a leader in technology and innovation from 2006 until his retirement in 2012. Mr. Ihlenfeld previously served as 3M Company’s Senior Vice President, Research and Development from 2002 to 2006. A 33-year veteran of 3M Company, Mr. Ihlenfeld has also held various leadership and technology positions, including Vice President of its Performance Materials business and Executive Vice President of its Sumitomo/3M business in Japan.
Farah M. Walters has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of QualHealth, LLC, a healthcare consulting firm, since 2005. From 1992 until her retirement in June 2002, Ms. Walters was the President and Chief Executive Officer of University Hospitals Health System and University Hospitals of Cleveland. She also serves as a member of the board of directors of PolyOne Corporation (since 1998), including as a member of the compensation committee and the nominating and governance committee. She previously served as the lead director (2006-2007), chairperson of both the compensation and nominating and governance committee and the 2005 chief executive officer search committee, and as a member of the environmental, health and safety committee and the financial policy committee of PolyOne. She was a member of the board of directors of Kerr McGee Corp. from 1993 until 2006. While a director at Kerr McGee, she served as a member of the executive committee, the chairman of the compensation committee, the chairman of the audit committee and a member of the governance committee. From 2003 to 2006, Ms. Walters was also a director and a member of the compensation committee and the audit committee of Alpharma, Inc.
John K. Wulff is the former Chairman of the board of directors of Hercules Incorporated, a specialty chemicals company, a position he held from July 2003 until Ashland Inc.’s acquisition of Hercules in November 2008. Prior to that time, he served as a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board from July 2001 until June 2003. Mr. Wulff was previously Chief Financial Officer of Union Carbide Corporation, a chemical and polymers company, from 1996 to 2001. During his fourteen years at Union Carbide, he also served as Vice President and Principal Accounting Officer from January 1989 to December 1995, and Controller from July 1987 to January 1989. Mr. Wulff was also a partner of KPMG LLP and predecessor firms from 1977 to 1987. He currently serves as a member of the board of directors (since 2004), the chairman of the governance and compensation committee and as a member of the audit committee of Moody’s Corporation. Mr. Wulff is chairman of the audit committee, a member of the environmental, health and safety committee and a member of the board of directors of Chemtura Corporation (since October 2009). Mr. Wulff served as a director of Sunoco, Inc. from March 2004 until October 2012 when Sunoco was acquired by Energy Transfer Partners L.P.