Board of Directors

Pierre R. Brondeau , Chairman, FMC Corporation

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Director Since: 2010
Non-Independent Director 
Board Chair

Mr. Brondeau has served as Chairman of the Board since October 2010, and was also Chief Executive Officer of FMC from January 2010 until May 2020, President from January 2010 until May 2018, and Executive Chairman from June 2020 to April 2021. Before joining the Company as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2010, Mr. Brondeau served as President and Chief Executive Officer, Dow Advanced Materials Division, until his retirement in September 2009. Prior to Dow’s acquisition of Rohm and Haas Company in April 2009, he was President and Chief Operating Officer of Rohm and Haas from May 2008. Mr. Brondeau held numerous executive positions during his tenure at Rohm and Haas from 1989 through May 2008 in Europe and the United States, with global responsibilities for marketing, sales, research and development, engineering, technology and operations.

Other Board Experience

Mr. Brondeau previously served as a member of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity Ltd. and also served as a member of the Board of Directors of Livent Corporation through the closing of its merger with Allkem Limited.

Qualifications

Mr. Brondeau has extensive senior executive leadership experience at large multi-national public companies engaged in the specialty materials and chemicals industries, as well as many years of international business experience in the United States and Europe. In addition, he has significant expertise in finance and mergers and acquisitions, as well as other areas of business, all of which make him an important contributor to the Board. He has a Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering.

Chair of the Executive Committee

Eduardo E. Cordeiro , Former Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and President, Americas Region, of Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemicals and performance materials company

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Mr. Cordeiro served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Cabot Corporation from 2009 until May 2018, and served as an advisor to Cabot through the remainder of 2018. He joined Cabot in 1998 and has held several corporate, business and executive management positions including General Manager of Cabot’s Fumed Metal Oxides and Tantalum businesses, Vice President of Corporate Strategy, and President of the Americas Region. Prior to joining Cabot, Mr. Cordeiro was a consultant with The Boston Consulting Group and a founding partner of The Economics Resource Group.


Other Board Experience

Mr. Cordeiro is a member of the Boards of Directors of Owens Corning and Indicor, LLC.

Qualifications

Mr. Cordeiro brings extensive strategy, finance and chemical industry experience to the Board. He has developed corporate strategy experience working for The Boston Consulting Group and more specifically chemical industry strategy experience leading Cabot’s corporate strategy function. He also brings deep financial experience having held multiple finance roles at Cabot throughout his twenty-year career, including, most recently, the CFO position. Mr. Cordeiro also brings operational and chemical industry business experience to the Board having been General Manager for two of Cabot’s core specialty chemical businesses. Mr. Cordeiro meets the SEC requirements for an “audit committee financial expert” and is “financially literate” as defined by the NYSE.

Chair of the Audit Committee; Audit Committee Financial Expert
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Member of the Executive Committee (Alternate)

John Davidson , Former Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Tyco International, a diversified industrial products and services company

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Director Since: 2020
Independent Director
Financial Expert

Mr. Davidson was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in July 2020. He served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Tyco International from 2004 to 2012 where he led financial reporting, internal controls and accounting policies and processes. Prior to Tyco, Mr. Davidson held senior global leadership positions in finance and related disciplines at Eastman Kodak Company and Dell Computer Corporation. He is a Certified Public Accountant and began his career at Arthur Andersen & Co.


Other Board Experience

Mr. Davidson is the Chair of the Board of Directors of TE Connectivity Ltd. and is a member of the Board of Directors of International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. Mr. Davidson is also a member of the Independent Audit Quality Committee of Ernst & Young, LLP. He previously was a member of the Boards of Directors of Allergan, Plc. and Legg Mason, Inc., and served on the board of governors of the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, which regulates and oversees the U.S. financial industry in the interest of investor protection and market integrity.

Qualifications

Mr. Davidson was a trustee of the Financial Accounting Foundation, an organization that oversees the processes for setting financial accounting and reporting standards in the U.S. He has a strong track record of building and leading global teams and implementing governance and controls processes. He brings to the Board his extensive experience as a finance leader in global corporations across multiple industries. Mr. Davidson meets the SEC requirements for an “audit committee financial expert” and is “financially literate” as defined by the NYSE. Mr. Davidson also has received the "CERT Certificate in Cyber-Risk Oversight" from the National Association of Corporate Directors.

Chair of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee
Member of the Audit Committee; Audit Committee Financial Expert

Mark A. Douglas , President and CEO, FMC Corporation

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Director Since: 2020 
Non-Independent Employee Director

Mr. Douglas was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer on June 1, 2020. He served as President and Chief Operating Officer of FMC from June 2018 until June 2020. He joined FMC in March 2010 as Vice President, Global Operations and International Development, and has served as President of the Industrial Chemicals Group and President of the Agricultural Solutions business. Mr. Douglas joined FMC from The Dow Chemical Company where he was Vice President, President Asia, Dow Advanced Materials. Prior to Dow, he was Corporate Vice President, President Asia, Rohm and Haas Company, based in Shanghai. During his twenty-one years with Rohm and Haas, Mr. Douglas held sales, marketing and executive management positions in London, Singapore, Shanghai, and Philadelphia.

Other Board Experience

Mr. Douglas is a member of the Boards of Directors of Quaker Chemical Corporation (d/b/a Quaker Houghton) and Crop Life International.

Qualifications

Mr. Douglas has more than thirty years of global senior executive leadership experience at large multi-national public companies engaged in the specialty materials and chemicals industries. His career has included extended senior roles based in Europe, Asia, and the United States, providing him with deep understanding of business culture in markets that are important to the Company. His responsibilities have included managing global or regional sales, marketing, and procurement operations, as well as M&A and business integration. For more than the last decade, he has led FMC’s global agricultural business through a period of significant growth and transformation.

Member of the Executive Committee

Kathy L. Fortmann , Former CEO of ACOMO N.V., a natural food ingredients company

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Director Since: 2022
Independent Director

Ms. Fortmann most recently served, from September 2021 to November 2023, as CEO of ACOMO N.V. (formerly known as Amsterdam Commodities N.V.), a Euronext Amsterdam-listed natural food ingredients company. Ms. Fortmann began her career with DuPont where she held many technical and business roles over her fifteen-year tenure there. From September 2017 through March 2020, she was employed by Royal FrieslandCampina N.V. as its President, FrieslandCampina Ingredients, where she restructured its food ingredients business. In April 2020, she joined International Flavors & Fragrances Inc. where she led the integration of the company and DuPont’s ingredients businesses to form the largest ($6 billion) business within International Flavors & Fragrances from 2020 to 2021.

Other Board Experience

Ms. Fortmann is a member of the Board of Directors of PPG Industries, Inc. Ms. Fortmann served on the Board of Directors of James Finlay Limited from December 2019 to September 2021 and served on the Board of Directors of ACOMO N.V. from September 2021 to November 2023.

Qualifications

With a significant portion of the Company’s business being in EMEA, Ms. Fortmann’s experience living and working in the European market provides a valuable perspective on the Board. Further, Ms. Fortmann has significant experience managing global business operations in industries directly connected to agriculture. Her background related to sustainability and mergers and acquisitions also makes her well qualified to serve as a director.

Member of the Compensation and Organization Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

C. Scott Greer , Retired Principal, Greer and Associates, a private investment management firm

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Director Since: 2002
Independent Director

Beginning in June 2006, Mr. Greer was a principal in Greer and Associates, a private investment management firm, until his retirement in 2021. Prior to Greer and Associates, from 1999 until 2005, Mr. Greer held various roles at Flowserve Corporation (a manufacturer of industrial flow management equipment), including President and Chief Operating Officer, as well as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer.

Other Board Experience

Mr. Greer served on the Board of Directors of Washington Group International from 2002 to 2007. He was also a member of the Board of Directors of eMedicalFiles, Inc.

Qualifications

Mr. Greer’s experience in senior executive roles, including as Chairman and CEO of a publicly-traded global manufacturing operation, as well as his service as a director of other public companies, have given him deep expertise in the governance and operation of large multinational companies as well as in the management of business activities across North America, South America, Europe and Asia. His tenure with Flowserve Corporation, a supplier of equipment to chemical companies, provided him with significant knowledge of the chemical industry. Finally, having passed the CPA exams, he has financial expertise which enhances his contribution to the Board.

Member of the Executive Committee (Lead Director)
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

K’Lynne Johnson , Former CEO, President and Executive Chair of Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., a global specialty chemicals company

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Director Since: 2013
Independent Director

Ms. Johnson was Executive Chair of Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc. from October 2015 until February 2016. Prior to being named Executive Chair, Ms. Johnson served for eight years as CEO and President. Previously, Ms. Johnson served as Senior Vice President of the Global Derivatives operating company within BP Innovene, one of the world’s largest global petrochemical and refining companies. She has served in a variety of leadership and executive positions for twenty-five years at Amoco Corporation, BP Chemicals, BP Innovene and Elevance.

Other Board Experience

Ms. Johnson is the Chair of the Board of Directors of Trinseo S.A. and is a member of the Boards of Directors of J.M. Huber Corporation, BlueScope Steel Limited, and Sylvatex Inc.

Qualifications

As a result of her work experience, Ms. Johnson has acquired significant knowledge of Asia and Europe, markets which represent a significant portion of the Company’s business, as well as new technology and technology development particularly related to chemicals and related innovative technologies. Given the Company’s patented crop protection technologies and discovery research capabilities, such expertise is invaluable to the Board.

Chair of the Compensation Committee
Member of the Executive Committee
Member of the Sustainability Committee

Dirk A. Kempthorne , Retired President and CEO, American Council of Life Insurers

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Director Since: 2009
Independent Director

Governor Kempthorne served as President and CEO of the American Council of Life Insurers from 2010 to 2018. Prior to that, he served as the 49th United States Secretary of the Interior from June 2006 until January 2009. From January 1999 until his appointment as Secretary of the Interior, Governor Kempthorne served as the Governor of Idaho. Governor Kempthorne has been Chairman of the National Governors Association, Chairman of the Western Governors Association and President of the Council of State Governments. He also served as a member of the Homeland Security Task Force.

Other Board Experience

Governor Kempthorne is a member of the Boards of Directors of Olympic Steel Inc. and Robert Half Inc.

Qualifications

Governor Kempthorne’s lengthy experience in government, both on the federal and state level, makes him well qualified to serve as a director of the Company, which interfaces with numerous regulatory agencies in several facets of its operations. In his various governmental positions, Governor Kempthorne was responsible for submitting budgets for governmental entities, fulfilling fiduciary responsibilities for the proper use of such funds, addressing inquiries from rating agencies and adhering to the highest accounting and ethical standards.

Chair of the Sustainability Committee
Member of the Compensation Committee

Margareth Øvrum , Retired Executive Vice President, Development & Production Brazil of Equinor ASA, an international oil and gas exploration and production company, and President of Equinor Brazil

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Director Since: 2016
Independent Director

Until her retirement in January 2021, Ms. Øvrum served as Executive Vice President of Equinor ASA (formerly known as Statoil ASA) and served on the company’s Corporate Executive Committee, to which she had been appointed in 2004. In October 2018, she was named Executive Vice President, Development & Production Brazil. Over her career, Ms. Øvrum has had global responsibility for new energy, health, safety & environment, technology, research, procurement, projects, and drilling. Prior to her most recent position, she held numerous senior leadership positions within Equinor, including Executive Vice President, Technology, Projects & Drilling; Executive Vice President, Technology and New Energy; Executive Vice President, Health, Environment and Safety; Senior Vice President, Operations Support; Vice President, Veslefrikk Field; and Platform Manager.

Other Board Experience

Ms. Øvrum is a member of the Boards of Directors of TechnipFMC plc, Harbour Energy plc, Fox Innovation & Technologies Inc., and Transocean Ltd.

Qualifications

Ms. Øvrum’s strong operations background provided her with deep experience in process technology, cybersecurity, safety, sustainability, and environmental management, all of which are critically important to a chemical company. Further, her wide international view and exceptional knowledge of European markets, where the Company has a significant portion of its business, acquired while executing very large projects in a number of different countries, make her a valuable contributor to the Board of the Company. Her experience in Brazil, which is a significant market for the Company, also enhances her value as a director.

Member of the Sustainability Committee
Member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee

Robert C. Pallash , Retired President, Global Customer Group and Senior Vice President of Visteon Corporation, an automotive parts manufacturer

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Director Since: 2008
Independent Director

Mr. Pallash joined Visteon Corporation, an automotive parts manufacturer, in September 2001 and, from 2008 to 2013, Mr. Pallash served as its President, Global Customer Group and Senior Vice President. While at Visteon Corporation, Mr. Pallash also served as its Vice President, Asia Pacific and, subsequently, Senior Vice President, Asia Customer Group.

Other Board Experience

Mr. Pallash is a member of the Board of Directors of Arcadium Lithium plc and was a member of the Board of Directors of one of Arcadium Lithium plc’s predecessor companies, Livent Corporation.

Qualifications

Mr. Pallash’s international experience, particularly in Asia where the Company has a significant portion of its business, enables him to bring significant value as a member of the Board. Mr. Pallash is “financially literate” as defined by the NYSE.

Member of the Audit Committee
Member of the Sustainability Committee

Patricia Verduin, Ph.D. , Former Chief Technology & Science Officer, Colgate Palmolive Company, a consumer products company

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Director Since: 2023
Independent Director

Dr. Patricia Verduin served as Chief Technology & Science Officer of Colgate Palmolive Company from 2009 to 2023. Prior to her role at Colgate Palmolive, she held leadership positions at Conagra, Nabisco and the Consumer Brands Association.

Dr. Verduin currently sits on the boards of Ingredion Corporation and Avient Corporation, as well as The Valley Hospital of Ridgewood, NJ. She previously was a director of Monsanto Company, through the closing of its acquisition by Bayer. She holds a PhD in Food Chemistry from Rutgers University and an MBA from Fairleigh Dickinson University.

Member of the Compensation and Organization Committee
Member of the Sustainability Committee