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 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 brings over 30 years experience across leadership roles in the oil, gas and chemical industries. She has accelerated strategic change initiatives in financial shared services, procurement, IT, human resources and supply chain. Debbie is currently leading Ascend’s supply chain to deliver global agility.
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 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 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.
Isaac Khalil has more than 30 years of specialty materials industry experience. He joined Ascend in March 2020 as senior vice president of polyamides. His prior roles include global vice president at Celanese, general manager of Latin America at Honeywell and vice president and managing director of Europe at Minerals Technologies.
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 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.
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 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 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.
Brian Connelly joined Ascend in 2017 as the site director for the Chocolate Bayou facility and became vice president of operations in 2019. His 30-year career in manufacturing includes leadership roles at Celanese, Air Products and Chemicals, BASF and Dow Chemical.
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 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 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 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.
Dr. Lu Zhang has nearly two decades of experience in the development and commercialization of advanced materials. Prior to joining Ascend in 2020 as a commercial vice president for Acteev™, Dr. Zhang held leadership positions at DSM and Celanese.