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H. Furlong Baldwin

Mr. Baldwin served as a director of Mercantile Bankshares Corporation from 1970 to 2003, as Chairman of the Board from 1984 to 2003 and as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1976 to 2001. Mr. Baldwin served as Chairman of NASDAQ OMX Group, Inc. until 2012 and served as a director of Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. and Allegheny Energy Inc. until 2011. Mr. Baldwin brings to the Board the management and governance knowledge he developed as a banking chief executive and public company board member and his extensive experience in banking and finance including significant knowledge of the business development, acquisitions, capital raising, operations and financial issues facing large corporations.

 

ROBERT F. CUMMINGS, JR.

Mr. Cummings has served as Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at JPMorgan Chase & Co. since 2010.  From 2002 to 2009, he served as a Senior Managing Director at GSC Group, Inc., a privately held money management firm. He began his business career in the investment banking division of Goldman, Sachs & Co. in 1973 and was a partner of the firm from 1986 until his retirement in 1998.  He served as an advisory director at Goldman Sachs until 2002. He is a director of Corning Inc. and Viasystems Group, Inc. He brings to the Board more than 30 years of investment banking experience advising corporate clients on financings, business development, mergers and acquisitions, and other strategic financial issues.  He also has significant knowledge in the areas of technology, private equity, and real estate. Mr. Cummings has substantial governance and oversight experience developed as a director of multiple public companies.​


 

Fred E. Festa

Mr. Festa joined Grace in 2003 and was elected Chief Executive Officer in 2005 and Chairman in 2008. He served as President from 2003 to 2011 and Chief Operating Officer from 2003 to 2005. Prior to joining Grace, Mr. Festa was a partner of Morganthaler Private Equity Partners, a venture capital and buyout firm, from 2002 to 2003. From 2000 to 2002, he was with ICG Commerce, Inc., a private company providing on-line procurement services, where he last served as President and Chief Executive Officer. Prior to that, he served as Vice President and General Manager of AlliedSignal's (now Honeywell) performance fibers business. Mr. Festa is a director of NVR, Inc., a publicly held home builder. Mr. Festa brings to the Board his substantial leadership, sales and marketing, international business and venture capital experience. As CEO, Mr. Festa brings to the Board his intimate knowledge of all aspects of Grace's operations and strategy.


DIANE H. GULYAS

Ms. Gulyas served as President of the performance polymers business of E.I. DuPont De Nemours and Company, which included DuPont’s engineering polymers, elastomers and films business units, from 2009 to 2014.  She joined DuPont in 1978 and subsequently held leadership roles in sales, marketing, technical positions, and systems development, primarily in DuPont’s polymers business.  Ms. Gulyas served as Vice President and General Manager for DuPont’s advanced fiber business and as Group Vice President of DuPont’s electronic and communication technologies platform.  In 2004, she was named Chief Marketing and Sales Officer of DuPont, responsible for corporate branding and marketing communications, market research, e-business, and marketing/sales worldwide.  Ms. Gulyas was a director of Viasystems from 2003 to 2009 and Navistar Inc. from 2009 to 2012. She currently serves as a director of Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.  She brings to the Board substantial and varied management experience and deep knowledge in engineering, manufacturing (domestic and international), marketing, and non-U.S. sales and distribution gained as a senior executive of one of the world’s largest chemical companies.   Ms. Gulyas also has governance and oversight experience from her service as a senior executive of a public company and prior service on a public company board.

 

JULIE FASONE HOLDER

Ms. Holder has been the Chief Executive Officer of JFH Insights LLC, a consulting firm primarily dedicated to leadership coaching for high potential women executives, since founding the company in 2009. Previously, Ms. Holder served as Senior Vice President, Chief Marketing, Sales and Reputation Officer, U.S. Area Executive Oversight of The Dow Chemical Company from 2007 until her retirement in 2009. Before that, she was Dow's Vice President, Human Resources, Public Affairs and Diversity and Inclusion from 2006. Prior to that, Ms. Holder served in various positions with increasing seniority at Dow from 1975 to 2006, including several commercial leadership positions with global responsibilities. She currently serves on the boards of Eastman Chemical Company, The Committee of 200 (C200), and the Women's Resource Center of Northern Michigan. Ms. Holder brings to the board strong marketing and operational experience and deep chemical industry knowledge.

 

Jeffry N. Quinn

Mr. Quinn is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Quinn Group LLC, a diversified holding company with investments in the industrial, active lifestyle, and entertainment sectors, and Quinpario Partners LLC, an investment and operating firm in the performance materials and specialty chemical sectors, each of which he formed in July 2012. Since May 2013, Mr. Quinn has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Quinpario Acquisition Corp., a blank check company formed in 2013. Mr. Quinn served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 2004 and Chairman from 2006 of Solutia Inc., a global leader in specialty chemicals until its sale in July 2012 to Eastman Chemical Company. Mr. Quinn joined Solutia as an executive officer in January 2003, serving as Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and, from June 2003, Chief Restructuring Officer. Solutia filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December 2003 and emerged from bankruptcy protection in February 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Quinn served as Executive Vice President of Premcor, Inc. and Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Arch Coal Inc. Mr. Quinn is also a director of Tronox Limited and Ferro Corporation. Mr. Quinn brings to the board his extensive senior level executive leadership experience in diverse industries and his broad experience in a wide range of functional areas, including strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, human resources, and legal and governmental affairs. He also has extensive experience in board processes and governance.

 

Christopher J. Steffen

Mr. Steffen most recently served as Vice Chairman of Citicorp and its principal subsidiary, Citibank N.A., until 1996. He is currently a private investor. Mr. Steffen is a director of Viasystems Group, Inc. and Platinum Underwriters Holdings, Ltd. and until 2012, served as a director of Accelrys, Inc. Mr. Steffen has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eastman Kodak and Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Administrative Officer and director of Honeywell. As Lead Independent Director, Mr. Steffen presides at all executive sessions of the Board. With his background as a financial and operational leader with companies with global operations in various industries, Mr. Steffen brings to the Board his extensive international business expertise and knowledge of financial matters and financial reporting. Mr. Steffen also has substantial governance and oversight experience developed as a director of multiple public companies.

 

Mark Tomkins

Mr. Tomkins most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Innovene, a petrochemical and oil refining company controlled by BP that is now part of the INEOS Group, from 2005 until 2006. He served as Chief Financial Officer of Vulcan Materials Company from 2001 to 2005 and CFO of Great Lakes Chemical (now Chemtura) from 1998 to 2001. Prior to joining Great Lakes Chemical, Mr. Tomkins held various mid- and upper-level financial positions with AlliedSignal (now Honeywell) and Monsanto Company. Mr. Tomkins is a certified public accountant. Mr. Tomkins is a director of Elevance Renewable Sciences Inc., a privately held renewable polymer and energy company and, until 2012, he served as a director of CVR Energy, Inc. He is currently a private investor. With his background as a Chief Financial Officer of multiple public companies, Mr. Tomkins brings to the Board his intimate knowledge of the global chemicals and petroleum industry and his experience overseeing finance and business development in major corporations. Mr. Tomkins also has substantial governance and oversight experience developed as a director of multiple public companies.