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Directors Biographies

Dan F. Smith (Chairman)

Mr. Smith was named a director and Chairman of our principal operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC in February 2008 and as a director of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in September 2009. He began his career with ARCO (Atlantic Richfield Company) in 1968 as an engineer. He was elected President of Lyondell Chemical Company in August 1994, Chief Executive Officer in December 1996, and Chairman of the Board of Directors in May 2007. Mr. Smith retired in December 2007 as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lyondell Chemical Company following the acquisition of Lyondell by Basell. Mr. Smith also served as Chief Executive Officer of Equistar Chemicals, LP from December 1997 through December 2007 and as Chief Executive Officer of Millennium Chemicals Inc. from November 2004 until December 2007. Equistar and Millennium are wholly-owned subsidiaries of Lyondell. Mr. Smith is a director of Northern Tier Energy LLC.  During the past five years, Mr. Smith served on the board of directors of Cooper Industries plc.  He also serves as a member of the College of Engineering Advisory Council at Lamar University. Mr. Smith is a graduate of Lamar University with a B.S. degree in chemical engineering.

 

Anna C. Catalano

Ms. Catalano was named a director in September 2011. Ms. Catalano served in various capacities for BP plc, and its predecessor Amoco, from 1979 until her retirement in 2003, including from 2000 to 2003, as Group Vice President, Global Marketing, for BP plc. Ms. Catalano currently serves on the boards of directors of Willis Group Holdings plc, Mead Johnson Nutrition Company and Chemtura Corporation, and during the past five years, she previously served on the boards of directors of Hercules Incorporated, SSL International plc and U.S. Dataworks, Inc. Ms. Catalano also serves as an advisory board member of the Kellogg Innovation Network of Northwestern University and serves on the national board of the Alzheimer’s Association. Ms. Catalano received her B.S. in marketing and business administration from the University of Illinois and is a graduate of the Indiana University Graduate School of Business, Executive Partnership Program.

 

Steven J. Demetriou

Mr. Demetriou was named a director of our principal operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC in December 2004 and as a director of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in September 2009.  Mr. Demetriou is currently the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Aleris, a global leader in aluminum rolled products and recycling, a position he has held since 2004.  Previously, Mr. Demetriou was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer of Commonwealth Industries, Inc. (a predecessor by merger to Aleris) in June 2004, after serving as a member of that company’s board of directors from 2002. Before joining Commonwealth in 2004, Mr. Demetriou was President and Chief Executive Officer of Noveon, Inc.  Prior to that, from 1999 to 2001, he was Executive Vice President of IMC Global Inc. and from 1981 to 1999, he held various management positions with Cytec Industries Inc. and ExxonMobil Corporation.  Mr. Demetriou is non-executive Chairman of the board of directors of Foster Wheeler AG and a director of OM Group, Inc.  He has a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from Tufts University.

 

Kevin M. Fogarty

Mr. Fogarty was named a director of our principal operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC in January 2008 and as a director of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in September 2009.  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. family of companies, including KoSa.  In January 2012, Mr. Fogarty joined the board of directors of P. H. Glatfelter Company.  Mr. Fogarty earned a B.S. degree in engineering from Dalhousie University, formerly known as the Technical University of Nova Scotia. 

 

Dominique Fournier

Mr. Fournier was named a director in February 2012. Mr. Fournier retired in December 2011 as Chief Executive Officer of Infineum International Limited, a joint venture specialty chemical company owned by Shell and ExxonMobil.  Mr. Fournier first joined Infineum as its Chief Executive Officer in January 2005.  He was previously with ExxonMobil (and its predecessor Exxon) from 1976 to 2004, where he served in various positions in the company’s chemical businesses from manufacturing to marketing to senior leadership positions, including AIB Vice President, from 1998 to 2004 and Managing Director – Exxon Chemical France, from 1996 to 1997. Mr. Fournier has a mechanical engineering degree from I’Ecole des Mines de Saint-Etienne in Paris, France.

 

John J. Gallagher III

Mr. Gallagher was named a director in 2011. He is currently the Chief Operating Officer - Melt Delivery & Control Systems / Fluid Technologies / Finance and Shared Services of Milacron LLC, a leading supplier of plastics processing equipment, technologies and services. Previously, Mr. Gallagher served as Chief Executive Officer of Stellar CJS Holdings, LLC, a privately held investment company formed in 2009. Prior to his time with Stellar CJS Holdings, Mr. Gallagher served in various senior executive capacities with Celanese Corporation from 2005 until 2009, including as Executive Vice President and President, Acetyls and Celanese Asia, from 2007 to 2009, and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Celanese Corporation, from 2005 to 2007.  Prior to his service with Celanese, Mr. Gallagher served in several executive positions with Great Lakes Chemical Corp., including acting Chief Executive Officer, CFO and Senior Vice President, Global Supply Chain.  Prior to that time, Mr. Gallagher was Vice President and CFO of UOP, LLC, a leading international supplier and licensor for the petroleum refining, gas processing, petrochemical production and major manufacturing industries, from 1999 to 2001; served in varying capacities at AlliedSignal, Inc., including CFO, Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems Division, from 1995 to 1999; and worked for the public accounting firm Price Waterhouse, LLP, from 1986 to 1995.  Mr. Gallagher has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware and is a certified public accountant.

 

Barry J. Goldstein

Mr. Goldstein was named a director of our principal operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC in May 2008 and as a director of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in September 2009.  Mr. Goldstein retired as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Office Depot, Inc. in October 2000, which he first joined as Chief Financial Officer in May 1987.  Mr. Goldstein was previously with Grant Thornton from 1969 through May 1987, where he was named a Partner in 1976.  Mr. Goldstein is a director of Stock Building Supply Holdings, Inc. and Generac Holdings, Inc.  During the past five years, Mr. Goldstein served on the boards of directors of Interline Brands, Inc., Brand Energy & Infrastructure Services, Inc. and Noble Environmental Power, LLC. He received a B.S. degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

 

Francis S. Kalman

Mr. Kalman was named a director in July 2011.  Mr. Kalman served as Executive Vice President of McDermott International, Inc. from February 2002 until his retirement in February 2008, and as Chief Financial Officer from February 2002 until April 2007.  From March 2000 to February 2002, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Vector ESP, Inc.  From April 1999 to March 2000, he was a principal of Pinnacle Equity Partners, LLC.  From February 1998 to April 1999, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Chemical Logistics Corporation. From May 1996 to September 1997, he was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Keystone International, Inc.  Mr. Kalman currently serves as a senior advisor to a private investment subsidiary of Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co., LLC, which specializes in direct investments in upstream, oilfield service and midstream companies. Mr. Kalman is a director and serves on the audit committees of CHC Group Ltd., Ensco plc, and Weatherford International, Inc.  Our board of directors has affirmatively determined that such simultaneous service on the audit committees of more than three public companies would not impair the ability of Mr. Kalman to serve on our audit committee.  During the past five years, he previously served on the board of directors of Pride International, Inc. He has a B.S. degree in Accounting from Long Island University.

 

Karen A. Twitchell

Ms. Twitchell was named a director of our principal operating subsidiary Kraton Polymers LLC and Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc. in December 2009.  From 2010 to 2013, Ms. Twitchell served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Aviation, a fixed base operator in the aviation industry. Previously, Ms. Twitchell was a Vice President and Treasurer of LyondellBasell Industries and Lyondell Chemical Company from 2001 to 2009. Prior to that, she served as a Vice President and Treasurer of Kaiser Aluminum Corporation and Southdown, Inc.  Before joining Southdown, Ms. Twitchell was an investment banker with Credit Suisse First Boston in its corporate finance department.  Ms. Twitchell serves on the board of directors of KMG Chemicals, Inc.  Ms. Twitchell holds a B.A. in economics from Wellesley College and an M.B.A. from Harvard University.

 

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