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Our leadership team


Phil McDivitt

Phil McDivitt

President and Chief Executive Officer

Phil McDivitt brings more than 30 years' industry experience to Ascend Performance Materials. He sits on the board of directors of Ascend and the TPC Group, and will serve on the board of directors of the American Chemistry Council from 2019-21. He joined Ascend in 2015.



Kevin Bartol

Kevin Bartol

Chief Financial Officer

Kevin 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.



Debbie Keehn

Debbie Keehn

Senior Vice President and Chief Supply Chain Officer

Debbie Keehn is a thought leader and change agent with over 20 years experience in the oil, gas and chemical industries. Before joining Ascend in 2018, she was vice president of supply chain operations for Celanese Corporation and held a number of executive roles at ExxonMobil.



Carole Wendt

Carole Wendt

Senior Vice President, Global Procurement, and Chief Procurement Officer

Carole 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.



Gustavo Nechar

Gustavo Nechar

Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Gustavo Nechar brings decades of HR experience to Ascend. Before joining the company in 2017, he held leadership roles with Dresser-Rand, WABCO Vehicle Control Systems, Valeo and Citrosuco, a Brazilian food and beverage company.



Vikram Gopal

Vikram Gopal

Senior Vice President, Technology

Vikram 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.



Jim Hull

Jim Hull

Senior Vice President, Operations

Jim 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.



Finlay Morrison

Finlay Morrison

Senior Vice President, Strategy and Growth

Finlay Morrison has more than 30 years of global chemicals industry experience. He joined Ascend in 2015 as VP of specialty chemicals before moving into his current strategy role. Previously, he was VP of the mining chemical solutions business at Clariant and CEO of Accsys Technologies.



Andrew Ralston

Andrew Ralston

Senior Vice President, General Counsel

Andrew 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.



Scott W. Rook

Scott W. Rook

Senior Vice President, Commercial

Scott 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.



Kevin Wu

Kevin Wu

Senior Vice President and Managing Director of Asia Pacific

Dr. Kevin Wu has more than 30 years of chemical industry experience, including various regional and global leadership roles at Rohm and Haas, Shanghai Chemspec Corporation and Celanese. He also served as an advisory member of the Committee of Multinationals within the China Petroleum and Chemical Industry Federation as well as an advisory board member of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers.



Dale Borths

Dale Borths

Vice President, Capital Projects and Engineering

Dale 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 served as electrical and instrumentation supervisor, site leader, plant manager, director of operations and VP of ESSH before being named to his current role overseeing capital projects.



Paul Cartlidge

Paul Cartlidge

Vice President, Environment, Security, Safety and Health

Paul Cartlidge has been with the organization for more than 25 years and served as the Chocolate Bayou site director for 12 years before assuming his role as the vice president of ESSH.



Jonathan Craig

Jonathan Craig

Vice President, Specialty Chemicals

Jonathan Craig joined Ascend in 2010 and was named VP of specialty chemicals in 2018. Previous roles at Ascend include senior director of supply chain and director of business planning and analysis. He also has held senior roles with Bigler LP and Biogen Idec.



John Ferguson

John Ferguson

Vice President, Chemicals and Intermediates

John Ferguson has gained more than 20 years' experience and institutional knowledge from his wide range of roles at the company. He joined in 1996 as an engineer and has led the intermediate chemicals business since 2008.



Alison Jahn

Alison Jahn

Vice President, Global Communications and External Affairs

Alison Jahn brings 20 years of corporate and crisis communications expertise and brand strategy development to Ascend. Before joining the company in 2015, Alison served as global director of communications for Univar and later as director of communications and marketing for Univar's Oil, Gas and Mining business.



John Saunders

John Saunders

Vice President, Europe

John Saunders brings decades of international leadership and business development experience to his role as head of Ascend's Europe team. Before joining Ascend in 2013, he was head of sales within BASF's engineering plastics unit, led commercial efforts for Allied Signal's nylon business and worked with Chevron Phillips Chemical Company.