Brendan Cummins, former chief executive officer of Ciba Specialty Chemicals, was elected to the Ashland board in May 2012. Mr. Cummins, 61, 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. Since 2010, Mr. Cummins has 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.Member of the Audit Committee
Roger Hale, 69, has been a director of Ashland since 2001. He is a member of the Environmental Health Safety & Product Compliance and Governance & Nominating committees.
Currently an independent consultant, Mr. Hale retired in 2001 as chairman and chief executive officer of LG&E Energy Corp., a position he had held since 1990. Prior to joining LG&E, he held various executive positions with BellSouth Corp. and AT&T Co. He is a director of Hospira Inc.
Chair of the Environmental, Health, Safety & Product Compliance Committee and a member of the Audit and Personnel & Compensation committees, Kathleen Ligocki, 56, has served on Ashland's board of directors since 2004.
Since 2007, she has been a principal in Pine Lake Partners Inc., a consulting firm focused on turnarounds and startup companies. Ms. Ligocki served as chief executive officer of California-based Next Autoworks Co. from 2010 – 2012 and GS Motors, a subsidiary of a Mexico City-based conglomerate, from 2007 to 2010. From 2003 until 2007, she served as president, chief executive officer and a director of Tower Automotive Inc. She has also held positions at Ford Motor Co., United Technologies and General Motors Corp. A member of the Lear Corp. boards of directors, Ms. Ligocki also serves on a number of nonprofit and academic boards focused on women, families and life-long education.
Vada Manager, 51, became a member of Ashland's board of directors in 2008 and serves on the Audit and Personnel & Compensation committees.
Mr. Manager is the chief executive officer of Manager Global Consulting Group. A senior director/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.
Chairman of the board and chief executive officer since 2002, Jim O'Brien, 58, has presided over the transformation of Ashland from a multi-industry petroleum refiner and marketer with holdings in chemicals and transportation construction into a global specialty chemical company. With Ashland for more than 30 years, he has a wealth of experience from corporate and operations management to chemical and motor oil sales and marketing.
He is a director of Humana Inc. and Albemarle Corporation. He also is a member of the Dean's Advisory Council for the Fisher Graduate College of Business at The Ohio State University and a member of the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council.
Barry Perry, 66, 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 and Personnel & Compensation committees.
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 Rohr, 61, 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 Schaefer, 67, 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., 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 on the Environmental, Health, Safety, & Products Compliance and 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. In addition to serving on the Ashland board, she is a trustee of Dominican College.Member of the Environmental, Health, Safety & Product Compliance Committee
John Turner, 70, joined Ashland's board of directors in 2006. He is chair of the Governance & Nominating Committee and serves on the Environmental, Health, Safety & Product Compliance Committee.
Mr. Turner served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans and International and Scientific Affairs from 2001 to 2005. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of The Conservation Fund. He also served in the Wyoming state legislature for 19 years and is a past president of the Wyoming State Senate. He currently serves as a director of Peabody Energy Co., International Paper Co. and American Electric Power Co. Inc. He is a managing partner of Triangle X Ranch in Wyoming, chairman of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environmental Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming, and a senior associate of The Conservation Fund. Mr. Turner is chairman of the Ruckelshaus Institute of Environmental Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming and senior associate of The Conservation Fund. He is a member of the advisory boards of Grand Teton National Park Foundation, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and The Raptor Center.
Michael Ward, 62, 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 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 and Kim Ward Foundation.