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President and Chief Executive Officer
Kevin M. Fogarty is the President and CEO
of Kraton Performance Polymers, Inc.
Mr. Fogarty was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on January 14, 2008 and was named a Director of the Kraton Board of Directors on January 31, 2008. Mr. Fogarty joined Kraton in June 2005, as Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Marketing. Prior to joining Kraton, Mr. Fogarty served as President for Polymer and Resins for Invista, a Koch Industries, Inc. company. Prior to his tenure at Invista, Mr. Fogarty served in a number of roles within Koch Industries and its affiliated companies, since 1991. Mr. Fogarty earned a B.S. degree in Engineering from Dalhousie University (previously Technical University of Nova Scotia), in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
G. Scott Lee
Vice President of Operations
Scott Lee was named Vice President of Operations in January 2011 and is responsible for Kraton's global manufacturing, supply planning and procurement activities. He began his career with Shell Oil Company in 1985, progressing through engineering and operational leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Following our separation from Shell Chemicals in 2001, Mr. Lee served as Global Supply Chain Manager, Master Black Belt, Global Procurement Director, General Manager-USBC Products, and most recently as Vice President of Products and Supply. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Louisiana Tech University with a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering.
Holger R. Jung
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
Holger Jung was named Vice President, Sales and Marketing, in March 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 that business to Indorama in 2011. Dr. Jung commenced his employment with Hoechst AG in 1990 prior to the sale of Hoechst's polyester businesses to Koch in 1998, in positions including research and development chemist, technical service manager, and positions with oversight for quality management, strategic planning, and for the marketing and sales functions of KoSa's European Polyester Specialty Polymer Business. Dr. Jung holds a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Marburg in Germany and spent 14 months at the University of Illinois, Champaign Urbana, Department of Material Science leading various research projects.
Stephen E. Tremblay
Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
Steve Tremblay was appointed Vice President and Chief Financial Officer in January 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 & Young, from 1983 to 1990. Mr. Tremblay earned a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Bryant University and is a Certified Public Accountant.
Lothar P. Freund
Vice President, Technology
Lothar Freund has served as our Vice President of Technology since 2005. He is responsible for Kraton's global R&D programs and technical service as well as the implementation of the company-wide innovation process. Dr. Freund joined us from Koch Industries, where he served from 1989 in a variety of operating and technical positions in the polyester businesses acquired from Hoechst in 1998, most recently as the manufacturing and technology director of the PET & Nylon Polymer business of Invista, a Koch subsidiary. Dr. Freund holds a Master's Degree and a Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Marburg in Germany.
Melinda s. Conley
Vice President, Human Resources
Melinda Scissors Conley was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, May 2012. Prior to joining Kraton, Ms. Conley served as 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 all aspects of human resources within the largest division. Ms. Conley previously held multiple human resources positions within the United States and England, with increasing responsibility, at companies including Capital One Financial Corporation, Monsanto Corporation, AlliedSignal, and Ford Motor Company. In addition, Melinda practiced litigation at the firm of Figari & Davenport. Ms. Conley earned a B.A. in Speech Communication and a M.A from the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Stephen W. Duffy
Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Steve Duffy was appointed Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary in February 2008. For two and one-half years, prior to his appointment, Mr. Duffy served as Counsel to Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle, LLP, an international law firm, where he was responsible for domestic and international energy sector transactions. Mr. Duffy previously served as Senior Vice President, Legal and Government Affairs for Paramount Petroleum Corporation from July 2004 to July 2005, and as Vice President, Global General Counsel and Secretary for KoSa B.V. from December 2000 to April 2004. Mr. Duffy earned an A.B. degree from Duke University and his J.D. degree from Southern Methodist University.
Thomas A. Abrey
Vice President of Health, Safety, Environmental and Security
Tom Abrey was appointed Vice President of Health, Safety, Environmental and Security in March 2011. Prior to joining Kraton, Mr. Abrey held a variety of leadership positions in the global Health, Safety and Environmental (HSE) organization of LyondellBasell Industries. Throughout his career with LyondellBasell, he led the company's global occupational safety, health and medical, crisis management, and security processes. Prior to LyondellBasell, Mr. Abrey held positions of increasing responsibility with Occidental Chemical in the Manufacturing HSE organization. Mr. Abrey earned a Master's of Science degree from Temple University in Occupational Health and Safety. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a Certified Industrial Hygienist.
Damian T. Burke
Vice President, Corporate Development
Damian Burke was appointed Vice President of Corporate development in August 2011. Mr. Burke joins Kraton from Oldcastle, the North American subsidiary of CRH plc., where he was a Senior Vice President for Development and Strategy. Prior to Oldcastle, Mr. Burke was a consultant at Bain & Company. He started his career at ExxonMobil, serving in a variety of roles in Europe and the United States. Mr. Burke earned a Masters in Chemical Engineering from University College London and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.