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DuPont announces leadership changes



Published January 17, 2011
DuPont recently implemented a number of management changes. Rick Olson, currently president of DuPont Titanium Technologies, will lead productivity improvement and business process simplification programs across the company. Olson’s business process knowledge, supply chain experience and previous productivity leadership successes will be beneficial as the company continues to drive and accelerate its productivity improvement program. He has served in a range of business and operations leadership roles around the world since joining the company as a process engineer in 1978. He has led the Titanium Technologies business since 2005.

Phuong Tram, vice president, information technology (IT) and chief information officer; Don Linsenman, vice president, Six Sigma; and David Peet, vice president, DuPont Integrated Business Management (DIBM); will retain their current responsibilities and report directly to Olson.
BC Chong, currently vice president – DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC) in Asia Pacific (AP), will succeed Olson as president of Titanium Technologies. Chong will lead the global business from Asia. Chong joined DuPont in Singapore before holding a variety of leadership roles in both AP and the U.S.  His previous positions have included business management and development, sales and marketing and operations.

Jeff Keefer, executive vice president, has elected to retire after more than 34 years of service. His current responsibilities include overall cost and working capital productivity programs, corporate strategy and DPC business. He moved into progressive financial and business leadership roles around the world after joining the company as a financial analyst in 1976. He was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2006 before he assumed his current role in 2009. Concurrent with his retirement, Corporate Strategy will report to executive vice president and chief financial officer Nick Fanandakis, and DPC will report to executive vice president Tom Connelly.

Don Johnson, senior vice president, human resources, has elected to retire after more than 36 years of  service. Johnson has served in a range of technical, manufacturing and leadership roles in the U.S.; Geneva, Switzerland; and DuPont K.K. (Japan), before assuming his current role in 2008.

Maritza Poza-Grise, vice president, human resources, will serve as the acting head of human resources until the position of senior vice president of human resources is filled in the near future.


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