CP50: Ashland Inc.
Ashland Inc. is a diversified chemical company that provides innovative products, services and solutions to customers around the globe. Ashland has sales and operations in the United States and in more than 100 countries worldwide. Its operations include four divisions: Ashland Performance Materials, Ashland Distribution, Valvoline and Ashland Water Technologies. The company started in 1924 as a regional petroleum refiner.
Ashland also is a North American distributor of chemicals, solvents and raw materials used in industrial and industrial-grade applications provided in quantities suited to customers' needs.
James J. O'Brien
Chairman and CEO
O'Brien knows Ashland and knows the chemical business. Since 2002, he has presided over the transformation of Ashland Inc. from a multi-industry petroleum refiner and marketer with holdings in chemicals and transportation construction into a diversified chemical company. O'Brien leads a company of 12,000 employees working to develop products, services and solutions that, through chemistry, meet customers' needs and contribute to improved quality of life.
O'Brien joined the former Ashland Chemical Company in 1976 as an accountant, a year after starting as an accounting intern. He quickly moved into operations, serving in product marketing and sales management positions in the chemicals and plastics businesses during the '80s.
J. Kevin Willis
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Willis was elected senior vice president and chief financial officer of Ashland in 2013. He oversees Ashland's worldwide financial functions and processes, including financial accounting and reporting, treasury and finance, insurance, business development, planning and analysis, investor relations, tax and internal audit activities. A member of Ashland's Executive Committee, he shares overall responsibility for setting Ashland's global strategy, managing capital, and upholding Ashland's operating principles.
Willis joined Ashland in 1987 as an associate auditor in the internal audit department.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary
Peter Ganz joined Ashland in 2011 as senior vice president and general counsel, responsible for managing all legal and corporate governance matters pertaining to Ashland. In addition, he oversees the company's government relations function and serves as Ashland's chief compliance officer, chairing its ethics and compliance committee. He also serves as a member of Ashland's executive committee, sharing overall responsibility for setting Ashland's global strategy, managing capital, and upholding Ashland's operating principles.
Immediately prior to joining Ashland, Ganz was a partner with the law firm Sedgwick LLP in Newark, N.J. From 2005 to 2010, he served as executive vice president, general counsel and secretary of Foster Wheeler AG, a global engineering, construction and project-management contractor and power-equipment supplier. Previously, he was senior vice president, general counsel and secretary of G-I Holdings Inc. (formerly GAF Corp.) and of its affiliate, International Specialty Products Inc., in Wayne, N.J., culminating a 10-year career with the GAF group of companies, where he worked in a number of positions of increasing responsibility.
For the latest financial reports, visit: http://www.ashland.com/investors