PHILADELPHIA, May 30, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- FMC Corporation (NYSE: FMC) today announced that Sara Ponessa has been appointed general counsel for FMC Lithium, effective June 1, 2018. She will report to Paul Graves, who previously was announced CEO of the new Lithium business upon its planned IPO in October.
Ponessa will be responsible for all legal affairs, as well as oversee government relations for the new company. She will serve as corporate secretary, and will lead compliance, ethics, securities law and other legal matters.
She brings nearly 20 years of experience in corporate law, including mergers and acquisitions, licensing, compliance, and legal requirements associated with commercial operations and business development. Ponessa was most recently senior business counsel for FMC Lithium. Earlier in her career, she was senior counsel for AstraZeneca, vice president and risk management and compliance section manager for Wilmington Trust Company, and a legal associate with Saul Ewing LLP. Ponessa is a former commissioner with the Philadelphia Human Relations Commission, and currently serves on the board of Philadelphia VIP, which provides volunteer legal services for low-income families.
She is a member of the Hispanic National Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association of Pennsylvania. Ponessa earned her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.
For more than a century, FMC Corporation has served the global agricultural, industrial and consumer markets with innovative solutions, applications and quality products. On November 1, 2017, FMC acquired a significant portion of DuPont's Crop Protection business. FMC employs approximately 7,000 people throughout the world and operates its businesses in two segments: FMC Agricultural Solutions and FMC Lithium. For more information, visit www.FMC.com.
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