Board of Director Profiles
William A. Wulfsohn
William A. Wulfsohn joined Ashland Inc. as chairman and chief executive officer on January 1, 2015. Prior to joining Ashland, he served four years as president and CEO of Carpenter Technology Corporation. Mr. Wulfsohn also had served on Carpenter Technology's board since 2009. Prior to that, he served as senior vice president, industrial coatings at PPG Industries. Before joining PPG, Mr. Wulfsohn was vice president and general manager for Honeywell International. In addition, he has worked for Morton International/Rohm & Haas, beginning as a director of marketing and subsequently as vice president and business director. Mr. Wulfsohn began his professional career with McKinsey & Company. He holds a chemical engineering degree from the University of Michigan and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University. Mr. Wulfsohn is a director of PolyOne Corporation.
Brendan Cummins, 62, former chief executive officer of Ciba Specialty Chemicals, was elected to the Ashland board in May 2012. Mr. Cummins, brings nearly 40 years of industry leadership experience to this new role. He spent 37 years with Ciba, holding a variety of international and senior management roles within the company. These roles included 20 years spent in the Asia Pacific region in finance and business unit leadership assignments. He served as chief operating officer from October 2005 through January 2008, when he was promoted to CEO. Ciba was acquired by BASF in late 2008. From 2010 to 2012, Mr. Cummins served as a consultant to, and on the senior executive panel of, The Valence Group, a specialist mergers and acquisitions firm offering advisory services to companies and investors in the chemical, materials and related sectors.
William G. Dempsey
William Dempsey joined Ashland's board in July 2016 and serves on the Audit Committee and the Environmental, Health, Safety and Product Compliance committee. He previously served in various executive positions with Abbott Laboratories from 1982-2007, including executive vice president of global pharmaceuticals from 2006, senior vice president of pharmaceutical operations from 2003 and senior vice president of international operations from 1999. He currently serves as a director of Landauer Inc. (NYSE: LDR) and Hill-Rom Holdings (NYSE: HRC). He also served on the board of Hospira, Inc. through September 2015 and Nordion, Inc. through 2014.
Stephen F. Kirk
Stephen Kirk, 64, was elected to the Ashland board in November 2013 and serves on the Audit and Enviornmental, Health, Safety & Product Compliance committees. Mr. Kirk brings 40 years of global chemical industry experience to Ashland's board. He served as chief operating officer of Lubrizol from 2008 until his retirement in late 2011 following the company's acquisition by Berkshire Hathaway. Prior to that, Mr. Kirk served as corporate senior vice president and president of Lubrizol Additives, from 2004 to 2008. From 1996 through 2004, he held senior roles in sales and marketing. Mr. Kirk currently serves as Executive in Residence at the Monte Ahuja College of Business at Cleveland State University and as chairman of the Cleveland State University Foundation Board and a member of the Cleveland State University board of trustees.
Vada O. Manager
Vada Manager, 52, became a member of Ashland's board of directors in 2008 and serves on the Audit, Governance & Nominating, and Personnel & Compensation committees.
Mr. Manager is the chief executive officer of Manager Global Consulting Group. A senior counselor of APCO Worldwide, Mr. Manager joined the Washington, D.C., office of the public affairs and strategic communications consultancy in 2010. Previously, he was an independent global consultant. From 1997 to 2009, Mr. Manager held various management roles with Nike Inc., culminating with the position of senior director of global issues management from 2006 to 2009. Before joining Nike, he performed a similar role at Levi Strauss & Co. and was also a vice president of the Washington, D.C.-based public affairs firm Powell Tate, a part of Weber Shandwick.
Barry W. Perry
Barry Perry, 67, joined Ashland's board of directors in 2007. He is lead independent director, chair of the Personnel & Compensation Committee and a member of the Governance & Nominating committee.
Mr. Perry served as chairman and chief executive officer of Engelhard Corp. from 2001 to 2006. Prior to this, he held various management positions with Engelhard beginning in 1993. He was a group vice president with Rhone-Poulenc from 1991 to 1993. Mr. Perry also held a number of executive positions during his 22 years with General Electric Co. He is also a director of Albemarle Corp. and Arrow Electronics Inc.
Mark C. Rohr
Mark Rohr, 62, joined Ashland's board of directors in 2008 and serves on the Audit and Environmental Health, Safety & Product Compliance committees.
Mr. Rohr is chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Celanese Corp., a position he has held since April 2012. Prior to that, he served as executive chairman of Albemarle Corp. Previously, he held several executive positions with Albemarle, including chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer. Before joining Albemarle, he served with Occidental Chemical Corp. as senior vice president – specialty chemicals. Mr. Rohr also serves on the executive committee of the American Chemistry Council and the advisory board of Mississippi State University College of Arts and Sciences.
George A. Schaefer Jr.
George Schaefer, 68, has been a director of Ashland since 2003 and serves as chair of the Audit Committee and a member of the Personnel & Compensation Committee.
Mr. Schaefer retired as chairman of the board of Fifth Third Bancorp in 2008, having previously served Fifth Third as chief executive officer, president and chief operating officer during his tenure. He is a director of Wellpoint Inc. He also serves as a member of the board of trustees of the University of Cincinnati Healthcare System.
Janice J. Teal Ph.D.
Janice J. Teal, Ph.D., former group vice president and chief scientific officer for Avon Products Inc., was elected to the company’s board of directors in September 2012. Dr. Teal serves as chair of the Environmental, Health, Safety, & Products Compliance Committee and a member of the Personnel & Compensation Committees. She brings 28 years of leadership and scientific research experience to Ashland’s board. Prior to her retirement from Avon in 2010, she led the company’s global research and development team of chemists and scientists, with responsibility for the development and support of Avon’s worldwide product lines. Before that, Dr. Teal served as vice president of the Avon Skin Care Laboratories, where she led the bioscience research and skin care teams that ultimately led to the growth of the Anew Skin Care brand to over $1 billion in sales. She had additional responsibility for development of Avon’s vitamin and nutritional lines. Dr. Teal joined Avon in 1982 as a program leader in toxicology and built Avon’s first pharmacokinetics and cell culture laboratories. She earned a Ph.D. in pharmacology from Emory University and served as a Research Fellow in toxicology at New York University. She previously served on the board of directors of Arch Chemicals, which was acquired last year by Lonza Group Ltd.
Michael J. Ward
Michael Ward has been a director on Ashland's board since 2001. He is a member of the Personnel & Compensation and Governance & Nominating committees.
Mr. Ward is the chairman and chief executive officer of CSX Corp., having previously served as president of the company's CSX Transportation rail unit. He is also a director of PNC Financial Services Group, the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity, City Year and Take Stock in Children. His other affiliations include The Florida Council of 100, The Business Roundtable, the Hubbard House Foundation, Edward Waters College Foundation and Michael Ward Foundation