Irving’s Celanese Corp. Announces Multiple Executive Moves

Chairman and CEO Lori Ryerkerk said the purpose behind the three new appointments for Scott Richardson, Chuck Kyrish, and Ashley Duffie "is to enhance the alignment of our individual strengths and experience to the value-enhancing opportunities at Celanese."

Irving-based global chemical and specialty materials company Celanese Corp. announced a series of new leadership appointments across its executive leadership team.

Per Celanese, the appointments are:

Scott Richardson has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer, with responsibility for Engineered Materials, the Acetyl Chain, manufacturing, supply chain, and procurement. Richardson has served as the chief financial officer of Celanese since February 2018. Since joining Celanese in 2005, he also has served as senior vice president of Engineered Materials, vice president and general manager of the Acetyl Chain, Acetyls Global commercial director, and in a variety of business, finance, and investor relations roles.

Chuck Kyrish has been named senior vice president and chief financial officer. Kyrish currently is vice president of corporate finance with responsibility for accounting, treasury, internal audit, and tax. Since joining Celanese in 2006, he also has served as chief financial officer Acetyl Chain, vice president Investor Relations, vice president M&A and Integration Finance, vice president and treasurer, and in a variety of other finance roles.

Ashley Duffie has been selected to succeed Anne (Lynne) Puckett as senior vice president and general counsel. Puckett will serve in a transition role through early 2024 after which she will depart after five years with Celanese. Duffie currently is vice president and chief procurement officer. Since joining Celanese in 2007, Duffie has served as president and general counsel APAC Region, vice president of the Integration Management Office, chief compliance officer, and associate general counsel global litigation and EHS Law. Prior to joining Celanese, Duffie was an attorney with Haynes and Boone LLP, specializing in environmental law, internal corporate investigations, and litigation.

“The purpose behind these new appointments within our ELT is to enhance the alignment of our individual strengths and experience to the value-enhancing opportunities at Celanese,” said Chairman and CEO Lori Ryerkerk. 

“As our new COO, Scott is uniquely prepared to help us accelerate the earnings growth in our businesses amid a challenging backdrop and has my full support,” Ryerkerk added. “His leadership will be particularly impactful as we continue to integrate M&M and drive growth in Engineered Materials.”

“Chuck has been an instrumental leader in our finance organization for many years and is fully prepared to lead us in the continued execution of our deleveraging plan,” the CEO continued. “Ashley has created significant value leading our procurement organization [and] will bring a rare depth of both business and legal experience to her new role,” 

All other members of the Celanese ELT will maintain their current roles, the company said. In addition to supporting Richardson in enhancing the earnings growth of the businesses, Ryerkerk will have direct leadership for strategy, M&A, finance, legal, HR, and IT.

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