Kevin M. FogartyPresident and Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Fogarty was appointed our President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2008. Prior to being appointed President and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Fogarty served as our Executive Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing from June 2005. Mr. Fogarty joined us from Invista, where he had served as President for Polymer and Resins since May 2004. For the 13 years prior to his most recent position with Invista, Mr. Fogarty held a variety of roles within the Koch Industries, Inc. family of companies, including KoSa. In January 2012, Mr. Fogarty joined the board of directors of P.H. Glatfelter Company. Mr. Fogarty also serves on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council. Mr. Fogarty earned a B.S. degree in engineering from Dalhousie University, formerly known as the Technical University of Nova Scotia.
Atanas H. AtanasovExecutive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer
Mr. Atanasov, our Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, was appointed our principal financial officer in May 2019. Prior to that, from 2016 Mr. Atanasov served as Chief Financial Officer of Empire Petroleum Partners, LLC, a leading motor-fuel distributor in North America. Prior to joining Empire, Mr. Atanasov held various positions at NGL Energy Partners LP, a NYSE-traded midstream master limited partnership based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Atanasov joined NGL in November 2011 as Treasurer and Senior Vice President of Finance and was promoted to Chief Financial Officer in May 2013. Prior to NGL, Mr. Atanasov spent nine years at GE Capital in various roles in increasing leadership responsibilities. Mr. Atanasov earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Tulsa and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Oral Roberts University. Mr. Atanasov is a Certified Public Accountant.
Marcello BoldriniSenior Vice President, Chemical Segment President, & Chief Sustainability Officer
Mr. Boldrini was appointed our Senior Vice President and President, Chemical Segment in April 2017. He leads Kraton’s Chemical segment businesses, including Pine Adhesives and Chemical Intermediates. In April 2021 he was also appointed to the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior to Kraton, Mr. Boldrini held senior-level roles at Houghton International, Hexion/Momentive, Ashland, Quaker Chemical, and Unilever/Unichema, and served on several JV boards internationally
Mr. Boldrini holds a MS in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy and an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan Italy.
Melinda S. ConleySenior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer
Ms. Conley, our Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer, was appointed as our principal human resources officer in May 2012. Prior to joining Kraton, from 2006 to 2011, Ms. Conley served in various capacities; including Vice President, Total Rewards for Dean Foods, a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded food and beverage company, with responsibility for all compensation and benefits. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Human Resources, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources within the largest division. Ms. Conley previously held multiple human resources positions within the United States and England, with increasing responsibility, at companies including Capital One Financial Corporation, Monsanto Corporation, AlliedSignal, and Ford Motor Company. In addition, she practiced litigation at the firm of Figari & Davenport. Ms. Conley earned a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.A from the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.
Holger R. JungSenior Vice President & Polymer Segment President
Dr. Jung, our Senior Vice President & Polymer Segment President was appointed our principal commercial officer in 2011. He is responsible for all sales, marketing and market development activities globally for Kraton. Dr. Jung joined us from Invista, a Koch Industries subsidiary, where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently since 2008 as Vice President of Invista’s North American Polyester & Intermediates business, overseeing the successful sale of that business to Indorama in 2011. Dr. Jung commenced his employment with Hoechst AG in 1990 prior to the sale of Hoechst’s polyester businesses to Koch in 1998, in positions including research and development chemist, technical service manager, and positions with oversight for quality management, strategic planning, and for the marketing and sales functions of KoSa’s European Polyester Specialty Polymer Business. Dr. Jung holds a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the University of Marburg in Germany.
Mark SantangeloSenior Vice President, Global OperationsMr. Santangelo was appointed our Senior Vice President, Global Operations in June 2020. Prior to that, from May 2017 Mr. Santangelo served as Senior Vice President Manufacturing, Engineering and EH&S at Innophos, a leading international producer of essential ingredients. Prior to joining Innophos, Mr. Santangelo was an independent consultant in operations and supply chain. From December 2014 to May 2016, Mr. Santangelo was Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain at Arizona Chemical Company, which was acquired by Kraton Corporation in early 2016. Mr. Santangelo began his career at Ashland Inc. where, for 33 years, he held various roles in increasing leadership responsibilities. Mr. Santangelo earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, each in Chemical Engineering, from Villanova University.
Vijay R. MhetarSenior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer
Dr. Mhetar was appointed our Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in January 2017. He is responsible for Kraton’s Innovation Program, Global Research & Development and technical development activities. Prior to joining Kraton, Dr. Mhetar worked at General Cable Corporation from 2008 to 2017 where held numerous technical leadership positions including Senior President of Global Technology. Dr. Mhetar also worked for General Electric Company as their Global Technology Manager.
Dr. Mhetar holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He is also Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified.
James L. SimmonsSenior Vice President & General Counsel
Mr. Simmons, our Senior Vice President & General Counsel, was appointed our chief legal officer in December 2014. Mr. Simmons joined Kraton in January 2010 and served in various capacities in Kraton’s legal department, including most recently as Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Secretary. From 2004 to 2010, Mr. Simmons served in a number of roles, with increasing responsibilities, in the legal department of HCC Insurance Holdings, Inc. (now HCC Tokio Marine), including as Vice President & Corporate Secretary from 2007 to 2010. Mr. Simmons previously was an associate with Haynes and Boone, LLP, from 2000 to 2004, and Porter & Hedges LLP, from 1998 to 2000, practicing in the areas of general corporate representation of public and private companies. Mr. Simmons earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Stephen F. Austin State University and his J.D. degree from the University of Houston Law Center.
Suzanne PesgensVice President and Chief Procurement Officer
Ms. Pesgens was appointed our Vice President and Chief Procurement Officer in January 2016. Ms. Pesgens joined us from Arizona Chemical Company, LLC where she was the Director of Global Procurement since 2010. Prior to Arizona Chemical Company, LLC, she held a variety of roles from 1993-2010 in technology, procurement and marketing at a joint venture between Akzo Nobel and Monsanto Corporation (now Eastman Chemical Company). Ms. Pesgens earned a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Eindhoven University of Technology (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and an M.B.A. from Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University (Rotterdam, The Netherlands).
Christopher B. GingrichChief Accounting OfficerMr. Gingrich was appointed our Chief Accounting Officer in December 2020. Prior to being appointed Chief Accounting Officer, Mr. Gingrich served as our Assistant Controller. Mr. Gingrich joined Kraton in April 2010 as a Senior Accountant. Prior to joining Kraton, Mr. Gingrich worked in public accounting in roles of increasing complexity with both Deloitte and Arthur Andersen. Mr. Gingrich earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and a M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Gingrich is a certified public accountant.