Board of Directors
Avient Corporation’s board of directors is comprised of individuals of substantial accomplishment with demonstrated leadership capabilities. Each of our directors also has the following personal characteristics, which are required attributes for all board members: high ethical standards, integrity, judgment and an ability to devote sufficient time to the affairs of our Company. Our board members are:
Robert M. Patterson
Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Avient since May 2016. Mr. Patterson served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Avient from May 2014 until May 2016, as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer from March 2012 until May 2014, as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from January 2011 until March 2012, and as Avient’s Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from May 2008 until January 2011. Prior to joining Avient, Mr. Patterson served in leadership roles at Novelis, Inc., an aluminum rolled products manufacturer, and SPX Corporation, a multi-industry manufacturer and developer, after starting his career at Arthur Andersen LLP.
Robert E. Abernathy
Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Halyard Health, Inc., a medical technology company that focuses on eliminating pain, speeding recovery, and preventing infection for healthcare providers and patients worldwide. Mr. Abernathy served as Chief Executive Officer of Halyard Health from its spinoff from Kimberly-Clark in October 2014 until his retirement in June 2017, during which time he also served as Chairman. He continued as Chairman until September 2017. Prior to that, he worked for Kimberly-Clark, a global personal care products company. He joined Kimberly-Clark in 1982 and served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility, including President, Global Healthcare from June 2014 until October 2014 and Executive Vice President, from November 2013 to June 2014.
Richard H. Fearon
Lead Director of our Board since May 14, 2015. Chief Financial and Planning Officer of Eaton, a global manufacturing company since April 2002 and Vice Chairman since January 2009. Mr. Fearon is responsible for the accounting, control, corporate development, information systems, internal audit, investor relations, strategic planning, tax and treasury functions of Eaton. Prior to Eaton, Mr. Fearon worked at several large diversified companies, including Transamerica Corporation, NatSteel Limited and The Walt Disney Company. He also serves on the boards of The Playhouse Square Foundation, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and Manufacturers Alliance, a trade organization of leading manufacturing companies.
Gregory J. Goff
Retired Executive Vice Chairman of Marathon Petroleum Corporation, a leading, integrated, downstream energy company. Mr. Goff served in this capacity from 2018 to 2019. Prior to Marathon's acquisition of Andeavor (formerly Tesoro Corporation), Mr. Goff served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Andeavor from 2010 to 2018, and as Chairman from December 2014 to 2018, of Andeavor, a leading company in the independent refining and marketing business. He also served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Andeavor Logistics LP (formerly Tesoro Logistics LP), a NYSE-listed master limited partnership that owns, operates and develops crude oil and refined products and logistics assets, from April 2011 to 2018. Prior to joining Tesoro in 2010, Mr. Goff worked for ConocoPhillips Corporation, an integrated energy company, where he held a number of senior leadership positions, most recently Senior Vice President Commercial from 2008 to 2010.
William R. Jellison
Retired Vice President, Chief Financial Officer of Stryker Corporation, one of the world’s leading medical technology companies. Mr. Jellison served in this capacity from 2013 to 2016. Prior to joining Stryker, Mr. Jellison served as the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dentsply International, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products, from 1998 to 2013, except for a roughly two-year period of time between 2002 and 2005 when he was a Senior Vice President with full P&L responsibilities for some of Dentsply’s operating divisions located in the U.S., Europe and Asia. Mr. Jellison began his career with the Donnelly Corporation, a publicly traded international automotive parts supplier, where he served in several senior leadership roles, advancing to Vice President of Finance. Mr. Jellison is also currently a Senior Advisor for Astor Place Holdings, the Private Equity arm of Select Equities, and consults with other private equity and investment management firms in the medtech industry.
Sandra Beach Lin
Retired President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Calisolar, Inc. (now Silicor Materials Inc.), a solar silicon company, from August 2010 to 2011. She was Executive Vice President, then Corporate Executive Vice President, at Celanese Corporation, a global hybrid chemical company, from 2007 to 2010. Prior to Celanese, Ms. Beach Lin held global senior executive positions at Avery Dennison Corporation, Alcoa and Honeywell International.
Kim Ann Mink
Former Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Innophos Holdings, Inc., a leading international producer of performance-critical and nutritional functional ingredients, with applications in food, health and industrial specialties markets. Dr. Mink served in this capacity from 2015 to 2020. Prior to joining Innophos, Dr. Mink served as Business President of Elastomers, Electrical and Telecommunications at the Dow Chemical Company, a specialty chemicals provider, from September 2012 to December 2015. She joined Dow in April 2009 as Global General Manager, Performance Materials and President and Chief Executive Officer of ANGUS Chemical Co. (then a fully-owned subsidiary of Dow Chemical). Prior to joining Dow, she was Corporate Vice President and Global General Manager, Ion Exchange Resins at the Rohm and Haas Company (now a fully-owned subsidiary of Dow), where she spent more than 20 years serving in numerous senior roles with increasing responsibilities.
Kerry J. Preete
Retired Executive Vice President, Chief Strategy Officer for Monsanto Company, a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality, since 2010. Mr. Preete was Monsanto Company’s President, Global Crop Protection Division from 2009 to 2010 and Vice President, International Commercial Business from 2008 to 2009. From 1985 to 2008, Mr. Preete served in various roles of increasing responsibility at Monsanto.
Chief Technology Officer for Colgate-Palmolive Company, a leading consumer products manufacturer, since 2011. Dr. Verduin was Colgate-Palmolive Company’s Vice President Research and Development from 2007 to 2011. Prior to joining Colgate-Palmolive, Dr. Verduin served as Senior Vice President and Chief Science Officer, Grocery Manufacturers Association from 2006 to 2007, as Senior Vice President of Product Quality and Development, ConAgra Foods, Inc. from 2002 to 2006, and as Senior Vice President of Research and Development, Grocery Products Development, ConAgra Foods, Inc. from 2000 to 2002.
William A. Wulfsohn
Former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Ashland Global Holdings Inc., a global leader in providing specialty chemical solutions to customers in a wide range of customer and industrial markets. Mr. Wulfsohn served in this capacity from 2015 to 2019. He was also Non-Executive Chairman of Valvoline Inc., a majority-owned subsidiary of Ashland Global Holdings and a leading worldwide producer and distributer of premium-branded automotive, commercial and industrial lubricants and automotive chemicals, from September 2016 until January 2018. From July 2010 until December 2014, Mr. Wulfsohn was President and Chief Executive Officer of Carpenter Technology Corporation, a manufacturer of stainless steel, titanium and other specialty metals and engineered products, and was a director of Carpenter from April 2009 until December 2014.
Current Committee Membership
Health & safety
|governance & Corporate responsibility|
|Robert E. Abernathy|
|Richard H. Fearon|
|Gregory J. Goff|
|William R. Jellison|
|Sandra Beach Lin|
|Kim Ann Mink|
|Kerry J. Preete|
|William A. Wulfsohn|
Health & safety
|governance & Corporate responsibility|
|Robert M. Patterson|