Mark J. Costa, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

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Mark Costa is Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman, a global specialty materials company that leverages its world-class technology platforms, deep customer engagement, and differentiated application development to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions to customers in attractive end-markets such as transportation, building and construction, and consumables.

Throughout his career at Eastman, Mark has been instrumental in developing the strategies and strengthening the capabilities that have led to the company’s greatest period of growth. Under his leadership, the company has undergone a significant transformation to becoming a leading material innovation company that seeks to improve the quality of life in a material way. As a champion of sustainable solutions, Mark has overseen the launch of Eastman’s molecular recycling technologies aimed at helping to solve the global plastic waste crisis and meaningfully address climate change.

Mark’s passion for a more inclusive and diverse workforce has led to a stronger company culture that strives to create an environment where all employees can bring their true selves to work without fear of bias or discrimination so they can contribute to their fullest potential. 

Mark first came to know Eastman during his time as a senior partner with Monitor Deloitte (formerly Monitor Group), a leader in strategy consulting. In 2006, Mark joined Eastman’s executive team as Chief Marketing Officer and leader of corporate strategy and business development. He was named Executive Vice President and assumed profit and loss responsibilities for Specialty Plastics and Performance Polymers businesses in addition to his prior responsibilities in 2008. The following year, his role was expanded to lead the Additives & Functional Products business. During this time, he also served as Chief Marketing Officer and headed the global integrated supply chain as well as Eastman’s global innovation and sustainability initiatives. In 2014, Mark became Board Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Eastman.

Mark serves on the Executive Committee for the American Chemistry Council. He is also an active member of the Society for Chemical Industries (SCI), The Business Roundtable, and The Business Council.

A native of Carmel, California, Mark received a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Mark is married and has two sons. In his spare time, he enjoys playing tennis, skiing, and mountain biking.

Stephen G. Crawford, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing and Chief Sustainability Officer

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Stephen G. Crawford is executive vice president, manufacturing and chief sustainability officer for Eastman.

Crawford joined Eastman in 1987 and has held leadership positions of increasing responsibility in both manufacturing operations and technology. Prior to his current role, he served as senior vice president and chief technology officer, vice president of research and development for the Advanced Materials group, and vice president of research and development for the Additives & Functional Products business.

Crawford is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Industrial Research Institute. He is on the board of directors of Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation), the University of Tennessee’s Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering Board of Advisors, and UT’s External Advisory Board for Research.

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, he holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee.

Dr. Chris M. Killian, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

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Dr. Chris Killian is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer. Killian has responsibility for Eastman’s global technology organization. Prior to this position he served as VP for Additives and Functional Products, Chemical Intermediates and Corporate Technology and VP for Advanced Materials Technology. Chris joined Eastman in 1996 as a research chemist. During his career at Eastman, he has held various leadership positions in technology and the business. These positions included Director of the Tritan™ Growth Platform, Director Polymers Technology, Director Coatings & Adhesives Technology.

He holds a B.S. degree in chemistry from University of North Carolina Greensboro, and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in organic chemistry from University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill (UNC).

A native of Charlotte, North Carolina, Chris and his wife Sharon reside in Johnson City, Tennessee with their 3 daughters. Chris is a member of the UNC Chapel Hill Chemistry Advisory Board; he is active at Grace Fellowship Church in Johnson City; he enjoys riding his Peloton, running, and Carolina athletics.

Brad A. Lich, Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer

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Brad A. Lich is executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Eastman Chemical Company.

He is responsible for the company’s Advanced Materials and Fibers business segments, as well as the leadership of Marketing, Sales, Procurement, Corporate Strategy and regional leadership. During his tenure with the company, Brad has led number of the company’s transformational initiatives and currently serves as the executive sponsor for Equality.

Prior to joining the Executive Team in 2014, Lich was vice president and general manager of the Coatings, Adhesives, Specialty Polymers and Inks business segment. He also served as the vice president of Global Marketing.

Lich holds a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and an MBA from Northwestern Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

Before joining Eastman, Lich was co-founder and CEO of CoatingsMart, Inc. Lich’s work experience also includes serving in various roles within Valspar and Dow Chemical.

Lich and his wife reside in Tennessee and have two children. He serves on the Silgan Holdings Board of Directors and has served in leadership roles in industry and civic organizations. Lich’s personal interests include golf and skiing.

Julie A. McAlindon, Senior Vice President, Regions and Chief Supply Chain Officer

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Julie A. McAlindon is senior vice president, regions and chief supply chain officer for Eastman, overseeing supply chain, indirect sourcing and procurement, and regional leadership. McAlindon also leads the transformation of Eastman by building business operating model capabilities across the company.

Prior to this role, she was chief procurement officer and vice president, transformation. McAlindon joined Eastman in 2016, bringing more than 25 years of marketing, sales and business leadership experience.

Before Eastman, McAlindon was with Avient Corporation (formerly PolyOne) as senior vice president, designed structures and solutions. Prior to that, she was vice president of marketing. In addition, she had a 20-year career with Dow and held a variety of leadership positions, including global corporate account director, home and personal care; global strategic marketing director, coating solutions; global business director, polypropylene; senior product director, LLDPE; and global marketing executive, performance fluids.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Western Ontario. She and her husband live in Kingsport, Tennessee, with their daughter. She serves on the nonprofit board of directors for Girls Inc. of Kingsport. She enjoys boating, camping and cooking in her spare time.

William T. McLain, Jr., Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

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Willie McLain is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Eastman Chemical Company. McLain has responsibility for the company’s financial, corporate development and information technology organizations.

A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, McLain holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Management and a BS in accounting from Appalachian State University.

McLain joined Eastman in 2000 with significant domestic and international business experience as well as a strong background in finance and accounting. During his tenure at Eastman, he has served in several high-level finance and accounting roles throughout the organization in the U.S., Asia, and Europe. Most recently, McLain has served as Vice President, Finance, working with business teams on strategic planning and portfolio optimization. He has previously served as Corporate Controller; Treasurer; and Director, Finance for Asia Pacific. He was named to his current position in 2020.

Prior to joining Eastman, Mr. McLain, worked for public accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

McLain and his wife reside in Kingsport with their six children. McLain’s personal interests include youth sports and traveling.

Travis Smith, Senior Vice President, Additives and Functional Products

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Travis Smith is senior vice president, Additives & Functional Products (AFP) for Eastman. Smith has global responsibilities for all aspects of the company’s AFP segment and is an officer of the company.

Smith joined Eastman in 1992 as a chemical engineer with early roles in technology and manufacturing. He transitioned to commercial roles in 2001 and has held roles of increasing responsibility within the chemicals businesses, corporate innovation, specialty plastics, and advanced materials. During his time in Specialty Plastics, Smith spent five years based in Shanghai, China, and was responsible for developing regional growth strategies and building organizational capabilities. Smith was then named vice president and general manager of performance films and interlayers. Most recently, he served as Division President, Films, with global responsibilities for all aspects of the business with focus on accelerating growth across Eastman’s films businesses. He assumed his current position in October 2022.

Smith is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He holds a B.S. degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee and an M.B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

Smith and his wife, Brenda, currently reside in St. Louis, Missouri, with their two children. His personal interests include basketball, golf, and travel.

Perry Stuckey, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

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Perry Stuckey is the Senior Vice President, Chief Human Resources Officer for Eastman Chemical Company. He has responsibility for Eastman’s human resources strategy and services worldwide, which includes Inclusion & Diversity, Total Rewards, Learning & Leadership Development and Global Talent Acquisition & Management.

Stuckey is a native of Pine Bluff, Arkansas. He holds a B.A. degree from the University of Arkansas, Pine Bluff and a master’s degree from the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

Stuckey joined Eastman in 2011. His work experience spans 25 years, including a variety of global human resource management positions in manufacturing, industrial automation, and bio-technology organizations. Prior to joining Eastman, Stuckey was Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Hill-Rom Company in Batesville, Indiana. Hill-Rom is a global medical technology company with operations in 30 countries. Before that, he was Global Vice President for Human Resources at Rockwell Automation, a $6.4 billion global automation and electronics company headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with operations in more than 80 countries. There he was responsible for the human resources function that covered 12,000 employees worldwide. He also managed the development and execution of strategies involving people across the global organization to drive business growth. Prior to his eleven years at Rockwell, Stuckey was director of human resources for Monsanto Company, where he directed all aspects of human resources for a global business unit which included sales, marketing, engineering, research and development, and manufacturing operations within the business unit globally.

He is a member of the Human Resources Policy Organization, the Executive Leadership Council, and the CHRO Board Academy. He is also a Trustee on the Board of Governors for the American Health Policy Institute based in Washington DC. He serves on the Board of Directors of “Healthier Tennessee,” Governor Bill Haslam’s initiative to encourage Tennesseans to adopt healthy lifestyles. In March 2014 and March 2016, Stuckey was named by Savoy Magazine as one of the top 100 influential black executives in corporate America.

Kellye L. Walker, Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer

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Kellye Walker is executive vice president and chief legal officer for Eastman. Joining the company in April 2020, she has overall leadership responsibility for Eastman’s legal organization, which includes corporate governance, compliance and litigation management, as well as government affairs, product stewardship and regulatory affairs, global business conduct and the company’s global health, safety, environment and security organization.

Walker came to Eastman from Huntington Ingalls Industries where she served as corporate vice president and general counsel starting in January 2015, having responsibility for HII’s law department and outside counsel. Before joining HII, Walker worked for American Water Works Co. where she held the roles of chief administrative officer, senior vice president, general counsel and secretary. She previously served as senior vice president and general counsel at Diageo North America and as senior vice president, general counsel and secretary for BJ’s Wholesale Club. She currently serves on Lincoln Electric’s Board of Directors.

Walker earned a bachelor’s degree at Louisiana Tech University and a Juris Doctor at Emory University School of Law. She is a member of the American Bar Association and a former board member of the Association of Corporate Counsel.