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Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

March 25, 2024

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Chemours announces new president/CEO
Denise Dignam has been named the new president/CEO of Chemours.Image courtesy of The Chemours Co.

Chemours has announced the appointment of Denise Dignam, current interim chief executive officer, to the positions of president and chief executive officer and a member of the Board of Directors, effective immediately.

Dignam joined Chemours in 2015. She has more than 35 years of experience in the chemical industry where she has held senior roles in business and operations, sales and marketing, commercialization, and supply chain. She had served as interim chief executive officer since February 2024, and prior to that held the positions of president, Titanium Technologies (TT) segment, and president, Advanced Performance Materials (APM) segment, which are two businesses that represent more than 68% of Chemours’ net sales in 2023.

As president of Titanium Technologies, Dignam stood up the TT Transformation Plan, delivered significant operational savings in 2023, refocused the portfolio to deliver more customer value, and developed process improvements for better resource utilization across the manufacturing circuit. During her tenure on Advanced Performance Materials, she reshaped the portfolio to focus resources on secular growth opportunities in Clean Energy and Advanced Electronics. To further accelerate growth, she drove strategic partnerships and initiatives across the globe, and improved the overall cost structure of the business, laying the foundation for further cost optimization.

“I am excited and honored to take on the role of president and CEO. Chemours is defined by its leading chemistries, the customer applications that our chemistries enable, our manufacturing capabilities, and as importantly, our people and core values. Looking ahead I will be focused on strengthening our portfolio with high-value and emerging growth opportunities, and ensuring we are operating as efficiently, effectively, and safely as possible. I am committed to continuing to lead with transparency as we do the hard work required to keep building our businesses for today and into the future...," said Dignam.

As well, Matthew S. Abbott, interim chief financial officer (CFO), will continue in his role while we commence a comprehensive search for a permanent CFO.

“Matt is an incredible partner,” said Dignam. “His tireless efforts and leadership have been integral to Chemours’ progress to this point and will continue to be critical as we navigate the road ahead of us. Matt has made it clear that he is committed to leading the Finance organization, building a strong controls environment, and ensuring the delivery of our financial reporting and disclosures, while we conduct our search for a permanent CFO to further enhance our capital structure and achieve shareholder value.”

Diane Iuliano Picho, vice president of Human Resources and chief of staff, Titanium Technologies, will step in as interim president while Chemours searches for a permanent segment president. Iuliano Picho has demonstrated business acumen over a 40-year career that includes experiences in R&D, operations, HR, sales, marketing, and commercial leadership. Previously, she was the vice president of Commercial Operations for the Advanced Performance Materials segment where she led product management, supply chain and demand planning, and competitive intelligence.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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