WILMINGTON, Del., April 17, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP) today announced three additional members to the future board of directors of DuPont, currently the Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont. The new directors include Frank K. Clyburn, chief commercial officer at Merck & Co., Inc., Terrence R. Curtin, CEO of TE Connectivity, and Frederick M. Lowery, senior vice president and president, Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. With these additions, DuPont expects to have 12 members on its board, effective June 1, 2019.
Ed Breen, executive chairman-elect of DuPont and current Chair and CEO of DowDuPont, said, "DuPont's board of directors is composed of highly qualified leaders, with the right mix of skills and experience to position the independent company to drive sustainable growth. The new directors bring deep global expertise in electronics and pharmaceuticals, as well as manufacturing, further strengthening the overall board, which will work closely with the management team to oversee the successful execution of DuPont's strategy and enhance value for shareholders."
"We're excited to welcome Frank Clyburn, Terrence Curtin, and Fred Lowery to the future DuPont board," said Marc Doyle, CEO-elect of DuPont. "Their diverse perspectives and expertise will be invaluable as we leverage our proprietary technology and deep customer relationships to drive innovation in attractive high-growth markets."
DowDuPont remains on track to separate the Agriculture Division (Corteva Agriscience™) and Specialty Products Division (DuPont) on June 1, 2019.
In addition to Mr. Clyburn, Mr. Curtin, and Mr. Lowery, DuPont's future board of directors includes: Edward D. Breen, CEO of DowDuPont and executive chairman-elect of DuPont; Ruby R. Chandy, former president of Industrial Division of Pall Corp.; Alexander M. Cutler, lead independent director of DowDuPont and former chairman and chief executive officer of Eaton; Marc Doyle, COO of the Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont and CEO-elect of DuPont; Eleuthère I. du Pont, former president and chief financial officer of Wawa and president of The Longwood Foundation; Rajiv L. Gupta, chairman of APTIV PLC (formerly Delphi Automotive PLC) and former chairman and CEO of Rohm & Haas; Luther C. Kissam, IV, chairman, president and CEO of Albemarle Corporation; Raymond J. Milchovich, former chairman and CEO of Foster Wheeler AG; and Steven Sterin, former executive vice president, CFO of Andeavor and former president of Andeavor Logistics.
Biographies of New Directors
Frank K. Clyburn is Chief Commercial Officer at Merck, a publicly traded global pharmaceutical company. He became CCO in 2019 and is responsible for operations and P&L across Merck's human health commercial portfolio globally. He previously held various senior leadership positions within the company, most recently serving as President of Global Oncology from 2013 to 2018. He joined Merck in 2008 following eight years as Vice President of various business units at Sanofi-Aventis S.A. (now Sanofi). Earlier in his career, Mr. Clyburn served in a wide range of commercial roles of increasing responsibility at Hoechst Marion Roussel Inc. (now part of Sanofi) from 1994 to 2000. He started his career at Marion Merrell Dow Inc. from1987 to 1994.
Terrence R. Curtin is the CEO of TE Connectivity, a publicly traded global leader in connectivity and sensor solutions. Prior to assuming the role of CEO in 2017, Mr. Curtin served as TE's President, where he was responsible for all of the company's businesses and mergers and acquisition activities. He joined TE Connectivity in 2001 and has held various senior positions within the company, including as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to TE Connectivity, Mr. Curtin had positions of increasing responsibility at Arthur Andersen LLP from 1990 to 2001. Mr. Curtin has served as a director of the board of TE Connectivity since 2016.
Frederick "Fred" M. Lowery is Senior Vice President and President, Life Sciences Solutions and Laboratory Products at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., a publicly traded provider of products and services for life sciences, healthcare and applied markets. In this role, he leads the BioProduction, Laboratory Products and Laboratory Chemicals businesses, as well as several functions within Life Sciences Solutions. Since joining Thermo Fisher in 2005, he has held a number of senior leadership positions across businesses. Prior to his time at Thermo Fisher, Mr. Lowery was with Maytag Corporation from 1999 to 2005. He began his career as an engineer at General Motors Company, where he worked from 1994 to 1999.
About DowDuPont Inc.
DowDuPont is a holding company with the intent to form strong, independent, publicly traded companies in agriculture and specialty products sectors that will lead their respective industries through productive, science-based innovation to meet the needs of customers and help solve global challenges. For more information, please visit us at www.dow-dupont.com.
About DuPont, Specialty Products Division of DowDuPont
DowDuPont Specialty Products, a division of DowDuPont (NYSE: DWDP), is a global innovation leader with technology-based materials, ingredients and solutions that help transform industries and everyday life. Our employees apply diverse science and expertise to help customers advance their best ideas and deliver essential innovations in key markets including electronics, transportation, building and construction, health and wellness, food and worker safety. DowDuPont intends to separate the Specialty Products Division, which will be called DuPont, into an independent, publicly traded company. More information can be found at www.dow-dupont.com.
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