Albemarle develops, manufactures and markets specialty chemicals and services that benefit many of the largest and most respected companies in the world. The company's products are essential ingredients in brands that millions of people use every day to make their lives healthier, safer, cleaner and more enjoyable.
With corporate roots that date back to 1887, the Albemarle of today is a progressive global operation, driven by a company-wide commitment to three universal themes:
Solutions: Using its creativity, teamwork, flexibility and enthusiasm to add real business value to its customer relationships.
Sustainability: Doing the right things – in every community in which the company operates – with regard to employees, the environment and society in general.
Chemistry: Continuing to push for innovation in the lab, which is essential for developing leading market positions and creating long-lasting customer service.
Luther (Luke) C. Kissam
Chief Executive Officer
Kissam assumed the role of CEO effective Sept. 1, 2011. Kissam joined Albemarle in September 2003 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Law, and Corporate Secretary from January 2008 until his promotion to President in March 2010. Prior to joining Albemarle, Mr. Kissam served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Merisant Company, having previously served as Associate General Counsel of Monsanto Company.
Ronald Gardner is Albermarle’s vice president primarily responsible for stewarding Albemarle's proprietary technology in extracting lithium from the company's brine reserves in Arkansas into a world-class lithium business. He joined Albemarle (then Ethyl Corporation) in 1973. He has worked in manufacturing, R&D, international distribution and project management. He also has led Albemarle’s Global Supply Chain organization and was responsible for the integration of Jordan Bromine Company into Albemarle's global bromine operations and business. He has spent 15 years in business management, including a five-year assignment in Europe. Prior to this role, Gardner served as Albemarle's vice president of fine chemistry.
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