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executive leadership

SHELLEY J. BAUSCH

Ms. Bausch was named a director in August 2017. On January 1, 2021, Ms. Bausch joined Axalta Coatings Systems Ltd. as the Senior Vice President, Global Industrial Coatings. Ms. Bausch served in various executive level positions with Carlisle Fluid Technologies at Carlisle Companies, Inc. from 2017 to 2020 and PPG Industries, Inc. from 2014 to 2017. Ms. Bausch began her career at Dow Corning Corporation in 1988, where she served as Dow Corning Corporation’s Business Vice President, Finished Products from 2011 to 2014. Ms. Bausch earned a B.S. degree in biology and business administration from Alma College and an MBA from the University of Michigan-Flint.

  • Independent Director
  • Chair of the Nominating Governance and Sustainability Committee
  • Member of the Nominating Governance and Sustainability Committee

HOLGER R. JUNG
Co-CEO Kraton Corporation, CEO Kraton Polymers

Dr. Holger R. Jung, previously our Senior Vice President and CEO of Kraton Polymers, is responsible for all sales, marketing and market development activities for our Polymer business. Dr. Jung joined us from Invista, a Koch Industries subsidiary, where he held a number of positions of increasing responsibility, serving most recently since 2008 as Vice President of Invista’s North American Polyester & Intermediates business, overseeing the successful sale of that business to Indorama in 2011. Dr. Jung commenced his employment with Hoechst AG in 1990 prior to the sale of Hoechst’s polyester businesses to Koch in 1998, in positions including research and development chemist, technical service manager, and positions with oversight for quality management, strategic planning, and for the marketing and sales functions of KoSa’s European Polyester Specialty Polymer Business. Dr. Jung holds a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from the University of Marburg in Germany.  

 



MARCELLO BOLDRINI
Co-CEO Kraton Corporation, CEO Kraton Pine Chemical Segment, Chief Sustainability Officer

Mr. Boldrini was previously appointed our Senior Vice President and President, Kraton Pine Chemicals in April 2017. He leads Kraton’s Pine Chemical businesses, including Pine Adhesives and Chemical Intermediates. In April 2021 he was also appointed to the role of Chief Sustainability Officer. Prior to Kraton, Mr. Boldrini held senior-level roles at Houghton International, Hexion/Momentive, Ashland, Quaker Chemical, and Unilever/Unichema, and served on several JV boards internationally. Mr. Boldrini holds a MS in Chemistry from the University of Milan, Italy and an MBA from Bocconi University in Milan Italy.

 



CHRISTOPHER B. GINGRICH
Chief Accounting Officer, Chief Finance Officer, Kraton Polymers

Mr. Gingrich was appointed Kraton Vice President & Chief Financial Officer in 2022, while also serving as Chief Accounting Officer from December 2020. Mr. Gingrich joined Kraton in 2010 as a Senior Accountant and has since held several leadership roles within the company including Assistant Controller. Before Kraton, Mr. Gingrich worked in public accounting in roles of increasing complexity with both Deloitte and Arthur Andersen.

Mr. Gingrich earned a B.A. degree in Business Administration from Sam Houston State University and an M.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Houston. Mr. Gingrich is a certified public accountant.



ROGIER ROELEN
Vice President, General Counsel & Company Secretary

Rogier Roelen was appointed Kraton General Counsel and Company Secretary in 2022. Mr. Roelen joined Kraton in July 2019 as Head of Legal for EMEA & APAC. Prior to Kraton, Mr. Roelen served in a number of roles with increasing responsibilities in the legal department of AkzoNobel, including leadership roles in Asia, North America, and Europe. Previously, he was an associate with Dutch law firm AKD, handling a wide range of corporate, M&A, regulatory, and compliance matters. Mr. Roelen earned an M.A./ J.D. degree from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.



VIJAY R. MHETAR
Senior Vice President

Dr. Mhetar was appointed our Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer in January 2017. He is responsible for Kraton’s Innovation Program, Global Research & Development and technical development activities. Prior to joining Kraton, Dr. Mhetar worked at General Cable Corporation from 2008 to 2017 where held numerous technical leadership positions including Senior President of Global Technology. Dr. Mhetar also worked for General Electric Company as their Global Technology Manager. Dr. Mhetar holds a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from Texas A&M University and a Masters in Technology from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India. He is also Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certified.

 



MARK SANTANGELO
Senior Vice President

Mr. Santangelo was appointed our Senior Vice President, Global Operations in June 2020. Prior to that, from May 2017 Mr. Santangelo served as Senior Vice President Manufacturing, Engineering and EH&S at Innophos, a leading international producer of essential ingredients. Prior to joining Innophos, Mr. Santangelo was an independent consultant in operations and supply chain. From December 2014 to May 2016, Mr. Santangelo was Vice President, Global Operations and Supply Chain at Arizona Chemical Company, which was acquired by Kraton Corporation in early 2016. Mr. Santangelo began his career at Ashland Inc. where, for 33 years, he held various roles in increasing leadership responsibilities. Mr. Santangelo earned a Master of Science and a Bachelor of Science, each in Chemical Engineering, from Villanova University.


Melinda s. Conley

Senior Vice President

Ms. Conley, our Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, was appointed as our principal human resources officer in May 2012. Prior to joining Kraton, from 2006 to 2011, Ms. Conley served in various capacities; including Vice President, Total Rewards for Dean Foods, a multi-billion dollar publicly-traded food and beverage company, with responsibility for all compensation and benefits. Prior to that role, she served as Vice President, Human Resources, where she was responsible for all aspects of human resources within the largest division. Ms. Conley previously held multiple human resources positions within the United States and England, with increasing responsibility, at companies including Capital One Financial Corporation, Monsanto Corporation, AlliedSignal, and Ford Motor Company. In addition, she practiced litigation at the firm of Figari & Davenport. Ms. Conley earned a B.A. in Speech Communication and an M.A from the School of Labor and Employment Relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and received her J.D. from Southern Methodist University.