DuPont Names Richard Olson to Lead Productivity Improvement, BC Chong as President of Titanium Technologies

Jeff Keefer to Retire after 34 Years with DuPont

Dec 08, 2010, 16:20 ET from DuPont

WILMINGTON, Del., Dec. 8, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- DuPont (NYSE: DD) today announced three leadership changes.

  • DuPont has named Richard C. Olson, currently president of DuPont Titanium Technologies, to lead its productivity improvement and business process simplification programs across the company.  Olson's business process knowledge, supply chain experience and previous productivity leadership successes will be beneficial as the company continues to drive and accelerate its productivity improvement program.
  • BC Chong, currently DuPont's vice president of its Performance Coatings business in Asia Pacific, will succeed Olson as president of Titanium Technologies.  Chong will lead the global business from Asia, the world's largest and fastest growing market for titanium dioxide.  Both Olson's and Chong's positions take effect Jan. 1.  
  • Jeffrey L. Keefer, executive vice president, has elected to retire after more than 34 years of service with DuPont, effective Dec. 31.  Among Keefer's current responsibilities include overall cost and working capital productivity programs, corporate strategy and DuPont Performance Coatings (DPC) business.  Corporate strategy will report to executive vice president and chief financial officer Nicholas C. Fanandakis and DPC will report to executive vice president Thomas M. Connelly.

Olson, 54, has served in a range of business and operations leadership roles around the world since joining the company as a process engineer in 1978.  He has led the Titanium Technologies business since 2005.

Chong, 49, joined DuPont in Singapore before holding a variety of leadership roles in both Asia Pacific and the United States.  Chong's previous positions have included business management and development, sales and marketing and operations.

Keefer, 58, moved into progressive financial and business leadership roles around the world after joining the company as a financial analyst in 1976.  He was appointed executive vice president and chief financial officer in 2006 before he assumed his current role in 2009.

DuPont ( is a science-based products and services company.  Founded in 1802, DuPont puts science to work by creating sustainable solutions essential to a better, safer, healthier life for people everywhere.  Operating in more than 90 countries, DuPont offers a wide range of innovative products and services for markets including agriculture and food; building and construction; communications; and transportation.

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