FRAMINGHAM (02/26/2004) - Effective May 31, 2004, Roger K. Mowen Jr. will retire from Eastman Chemical Co. as its senior vice president in charge of business development, corporate strategy and information services. Keith Gockenbach, a vice president with the Kingsport, Tenn.-based company, will take on responsibility for business development. Richard Lorraine, chief financial officer, will assume the additional responsibility of information services and CIO Jerry Hale will report to Lorraine.
Brian Ferguson, Eastman's chairman and CEO, said in the press release announcing Mowen's retirement that the SVP "has been a relentless advocate of the use of technology to better serve our customers."
Mowen, 58, joined Eastman in 1971 and held a series of management positions in sales, marketing and product management. In the 1990s he served as vice president and general manager of the Polymers Modifiers organization, superintendent of Polymers Division and president of Carolina Eastman Division. Mowen was named vice president, customer demand chain and in 2002 was appointed senior vice president of Eastman's Global Customer Services Group. At that time, he was also appointed chairman of the board of directors of two Eastman subsidiaries-Cendian Corporation and Ariel Research Corp. Mowen assumed his current role on March 1, 2003.
A 1969 graduate of the Philadelphia College of Textiles, Mowen holds a bachelor's degree in textile chemistry. A year later, he earned a master's degree in textile technology from North Carolina State University. Mowen is involved in Kiwanis International, a civic organization, and recently served as a member of the board of directors of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, the Kingsport Board of Economic Development and Friends in Need.
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