Eastman Announces Executives’ Retirements and Appointments

March 9th, 2016 by Casey Flores

After 36 years of service, Eastman Chemical Company’s chief operating officer Ronald Lindsay will retire, effective July 1. Godefroy A.F.E. Motte, a 31-year Eastman employee and senior vice president, is also retiring.

“Ron has been a valuable member of the Eastman Team for many years,” says Mark Costa, chairman of the board and CEO. “His careful oversight of the company’s day-to-day operations and his leadership, experience, and pragmatism have been invaluable to Eastman and to me personally. While we will certainly miss him, we will continue to benefit from his legacy.”

About Godefroy, Costa says, “His contributions to our outside-U.S. regional business leadership efforts to leverage growth in emerging markets and his work to optimize assets and global supply chain are numerous. On behalf of all of us at Eastman, we wish both Ron and Godefroy the best in their future endeavors.”

As a result, the company has made some executive-level appointments.

Damon C. Warmack and Lucian Boldea will become executive officers effective July 1, 2016. Warmack, currently vice president of corporate development, will now be senior vice president of corporate development and chemical intermediates. Boldea, currently group vice president of additives and functional products, will be senior vice president of additives and functional products.

“Throughout their careers, Damon and Lucian have played significant roles in many of the company’s strategic initiatives, including portfolio management and driving growth in our high-value, specialty businesses,” Costa says. “Together they bring years of international business and corporate strategy experience, which, along with their diverse perspectives and unique market insights, will continue to serve Eastman well.”

Another move the company made was in the advanced materials division, in which window film is included.

As of March 1, executive vice president Brad A. Lich has executive responsibility for outside-U.S. regional business leadership in addition to his current responsibilities for the segment and the sales and marketing organization. Effective July 1, Lich will become executive vice President and chief commercial officer with additional executive responsibilities for the fibers segment and procurement. Lich is currently responsible for the additives & functional products and advanced materials segments and the sales and marketing organization.

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