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Ingevity: Michael P. Smith adds new responsibilities

Michael P. SmithIngevity, a specialty chemicals company, announced that Michael P. Smith has been named executive vice president and president, performance chemicals, strategy and business development.

This new role combines Mr. Smith’s current responsibilities in the areas of strategy and business development with those of the executive vice president and president, Performance Chemicals, a position held by Edward A. Rose, who will be leaving the company.

Mr. Smith joined Ingevity in June 2016 as senior vice president, strategy and business development.

Prior to joining the company, Mr. Smith spent 23 years with FMC Corporation, most recently as vice president and global business director for FMC’s Health and Nutrition business.

He started with FMC in 1992 and rose through the organization in positions of increasing responsibility.

He was marketing manager for FMC Water Treatment Chemicals in Manchester, England; global business manager for FMC Process Additives, also in Manchester; director of business planning for FMC Chemicals; division general manager for the active oxidants division; division general manager for hydrogen peroxide; and general manager for food ingredients for FMC BioPolymer.

From 2006 to 2013, Mr. Smith was division general manager for FMC BioPolymer.

Prior to joining FMC, he held several sales and management positions with Hercules Incorporated, a supplier of hydrocarbon and pine-based resins.

Mr. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry from the University of Virginia and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Michigan.

Prior to the spinoff of Ingevity from WestRock, Mr. Rose was president of MWV Specialty Chemicals, a division of MeadWestvaco Corporation (now WestRock), from 2010 to 2015, and vice president, Resins Polymers and Coatings, from 2004 to 2009.

Over the course of 31 years with MWV Specialty Chemicals, Mr. Rose led teams in business development and strategy, including new product development, bolt-on acquisitions and strategic alliances.

He has held various roles as development engineer, national sales manager, business development manager, industry manager, marketing manager and group manager.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from Clemson University.


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