Leadership team

Every employee deserves a great leader.

Who we are

Great leaders make their people better. By doing things the right way our leaders provide the opportunity to deliver on the promise of our brand, to inspire every day.


CEO

Fred Poses

Fred Poses

Poses has more than 40 years of experience in global manufacturing. Before establishing Ascend in 2009, he served as chairman and CEO at American Standard Companies and, previously, as president and COO at AlliedSignal.


President and Chief Operating Officer

Phil McDivitt

Phil McDivitt

McDivitt's nearly 30-year background in the chemical and material industries includes working at Celanese Corp., where he oversaw three businesses to record results and was responsible for the development of a manufacturing site in China. He later served as the company's vice president and general manager of engineered materials. He joined Ascend in April of 2015.


Chief Financial Officer

Kevin Bartol

Kevin Bartol

Bartol has 30 years of experience in finance, operations, sales and marketing. He came to Ascend in August 2015 from the Rowan Companies, where he was executive vice president and CFO. Previously, he served as CFO, chief sales officer at Jindal Texas Works and COO at Network International Inc. He also is a founder of Saint Arnold Brewing Co.


Vice President, Nylon

Scott W. Rook

Scott W. Rook

Rook has worked more than 20 years in the chemical industry with expertise in new product development, strategy development and global sales and marketing. With Ascend since April 2010, he previously worked for Eastman Chemical Co. as a global business unit leader and later as director of its Asia Pacific regional business, based in Shanghai, China.


Vice President, Technology, Nylon

Vikram Gopal

Vikram Gopal

Gopal has broad experience in the advanced materials industry with expertise in research and development, product development, process engineering and applications development. Before joining Ascend in May 2015, he was vice president of technology at Invista Engineering Polymer Solutions. He is credentialed as a Six Sigma black belt.


VP, Global Procurement & CPO

Carole Wendt

Carole Wendt

Wendt has a wealth of international experience in the procurement of indirect and direct materials, supply chain and operations. Before joining Ascend in March 2010, she worked 28 years at The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. as director of supply chain; general manager of global synthetic rubber/monomer; and director of North America purchasing.


VP, Environment, Safety, Security & Health

Dale Borths

Dale Borths

Borths has worked for the company more than 30 years in a range of executive leadership roles at several sites, specializing in change management and operations. He has served as electrical and instrumentation supervisor, site leader, plant manager and director of operations before being named to his current ESSH role.


Vice President, Specialty Chemicals

Finlay Morrison

Finlay Morrison

Morrison has proven experience in intermediate and specialty chemicals. Before joining Ascend in July 2015, he was VP of the mining chemical solutions business at Clariant and, prior to that role, served as CEO of Accsys Technologies.


Vice President, Nylon Operations

Jim Hull

Jim Hull

Hull has broad experience in manufacturing and operational excellence. He came to Ascend in September 2015 from Axiall, where he was vice president, operations. Previously, he served as group site manager with Honeywell, was operations director at W.R. Grace and held numerous plant leadership roles at AlliedSignal and Nalco.


VP Information Technology

Melissa Scheppele

Melissa Scheppele

Scheppele joined Ascend in September 2013 with a proven record of building, restructuring and directing complex global IT structures. She previously served as CIO at Cooper Industries Ltd., VP of information systems at Tyson Foods and corporate director of information systems at Nestlé.


Vice President & General Counsel

Andrew Ralston

Andrew Ralston

Ralston has more than 30 years of experience practicing law in the energy and chemicals industries. He came to Ascend in 2009, following tenures as counsel for international law firms McDermott Will & Emery and Dewey & LeBoeuf LLP and senior counsel for Westlake Chemical Corp. and Valero Energy Corp.


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