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Kevin M. Fogarty
President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin M. Fogarty
President and Chief Executive Officer


Mr. Fogarty was appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2008. Prior to being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fogarty served as our Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing from June 2005. Mr. Fogarty joined us from Invista, where he had served as President for Polymer and Resins since May 2004. For the 13 years prior to his most recent position with Invista, Mr. Fogarty held a variety of roles within the Koch Industries, Inc. fam... 

Stephen E. Tremblay
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Stephen E. Tremblay
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer


Mr. Tremblay, our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, was appointed our principal financial officer in 2008. From 1997 to 2007, Mr. Tremblay held various financial positions, including Chief Financial Officer, at Vertis, Inc., a provider of print advertising and media technology. Mr. Tremblay held senior finance positions at Wellman, Inc., a provider of polyester fiber and resins, from 1990 to 1997 and was a member of the accounting and auditing practice at Ernst & Yo... 

Marcello Boldrini
Senior Vice President & Chemical Segment President
Marcello Boldrini
Senior Vice President & Chemical Segment President


Mr. Boldrini was appointed our Senior Vice President and President, Chemical Segment in April 2017. He leads Kraton’s Chemical segment businesses, including Pine Adhesives and Chemical Intermediates. Most recently, Mr. Boldrini was President, Asia Pacific and Global President for Houghton specialty product lines for the major metal industries at Houghton International. He also held senior-level roles at Hexion/Momentive, a global specialty chemical company, Ashland, Inc., Quaker Chemical and ... 

Melinda S. Conley
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Melinda S. Conley
Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer


Ms. Conley, our Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, was appointed as our principal human resources officer in May 2012. Prior to joining Kraton, from 2006 to 2011, Ms. Conley served in various capacities; including Vice President, Total Rewards for Dean Foods, a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded food and beverage company, with responsibility for all compensation and benefits. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Human Resources, where she was responsible for... 

J. Fernando C. Haddad
Senior Vice President, Global Operations
J. Fernando C. Haddad
Senior Vice President, Global Operations


Mr. Haddad, our Senior Vice President, Global Operations was appointed in April 2015. He is responsible for Kraton’s global manufacturing, supply planning, and environmental, safety, & health. Prior to joining Kraton, Mr. Haddad worked as the Global Manufacturing & Supply Chain Director for UOP, a Honeywell Company, from 2013 to 2014. Prior to Honeywell, he spent 19 years with Dow Corning, where he held increasingly more senior manufacturing and supply chain leadership positions, including Gl... 

Holger R.  Jung
Senior Vice President & Polymer Segment President
Holger R.  Jung
Senior Vice President & Polymer Segment President


Dr. Jung, our Senior Vice President & Polymer Segment President was appointed our principal commercial officer in 2011. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and market development activities globally for Kraton. Dr. Jung joined us from Invista, a Koch Industries subsidiary, where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently since 2008 as Vice President of Invista’s North American Polyester & Intermediates business, overseeing the successful sale of t... 

Vijay  R. Mhetar
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Vijay  R. Mhetar
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer


Dr. Mhetar was appointed our Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in January 2017. He is responsible for Kraton’s Innovation Program, Global Research & Development and technical development activities. Prior to joining Kraton, Dr. Mhetar worked at General Cable Corporation from 2008 to 2017 where held numerous technical leadership positions including Senior President of Global Technology. Dr. Mhetar also worked for General Electric Company as their Global Technology Ma... 

James L. Simmons
Senior Vice President & General Counsel
James L. Simmons
Senior Vice President & General Counsel


Mr. Simmons, our Senior Vice President & General Counsel, was appointed our chief legal officer in December 2014. Mr. Simmons joined Kraton in January 2010 and served in various capacities in Kraton’s legal department, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Simmons served in a number of roles, with increasing responsibilities, in the legal department of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: HCC), including as Vice President & Corporate ... 

Heba Botros
Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy
Heba Botros
Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy


Ms. Botros, our Vice President, Corporate Development and Strategy, was appointed on December 1, 2016. Ms. Botros joined us from Celgard LLC, a Polypore Company, where she held a number of positions from 2007 through 2016, including most recently as Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing. Prior to her employment at Celgard, Ms. Botros was employed by General Electric Company, Advanced Materials Division, and Altria Group.

Ms. Botros holds a Masters of Business Administration... 

Suzanne Pesgens
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Suzanne Pesgens
Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer


Ms. Pesgens was appointed our Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in January 2016. Ms. Pesgens joined us from Arizona Chemical Company, LLC where she was the Director of Global Procurement since 2010. Prior to Arizona Chemical Company, LLC, she held a variety of roles from 1999-2010 in purchasing or marketing at a joint venture between Akzo Nobel and Monsanto Corporation (now Eastman Chemical Company). Ms. Pesgens earned a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Eindhov... 

Christopher H. Russell
Chief Accounting Officer
Christopher H. Russell
Chief Accounting Officer


Mr. Russell, our Chief Accounting Officer, was appointed our principal accounting officer in June 2015. From 2014 to 2015, Mr. Russell served as Chief Accounting Officer for Prince International Corporation, a leading manufacturer and distributor of mineral based products. Previously, from 2011 to 2014, Mr. Russell was employed with GE Power and Water, a subsidiary of General Electric Company, as the Global Controller for its Aero Derivatives business. Before that, he served as Vice Pre... 

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