J. William Heitman
Mr. Heitman, joined Ashland in 2008 with more than 30 years of financial experience in various industries, including automotive and chemicals. As vice president and controller, he is responsible for Ashland's global financial accounting and reporting processes, including oversight of accounting policies and practices and external and internal financial reporting.
Previously, Heitman served as controller for the $9 billion North American Tire operations of Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., responsible for all accounting and shared services for North America. While there, he was a key contributor to the significant restructuring of operations and implementation of an enterprise resource planning (ERP) system and processes related to Sarbanes-Oxley compliance. He joined Goodyear in 2004 after three years of experience in the chemical industry at Ferro Corp., where he served as vice president of finance and interim chief financial officer. At Ferro, he led the financial integration of a sizeable global acquisition and was a key contributor to a $500 million debt-reduction effort. Heitman was also vice president and controller for Moen Inc., where he spent six years. Earlier in his career, he held numerous financial positions during a 16-year tenure with TRW.
Heitman earned a B.S.B.A. degree in accounting and an M.B.A. in finance from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburg, Kan. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Financial Executives Institute, the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Ohio Society of CPAs.