Mark C. Rohr
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Mark C. Rohr is chairman and chief executive officer of Celanese Corporation, a Fortune 500 global technology and specialty materials company based in Dallas, Texas. Celanese is a leader in the development and production of materials used in most major industrial and consumer applications. Rohr was named chairman and CEO in April 2012 after being a member of the company’s board of directors since 2007.
Under Rohr’s leadership, Celanese has delivered record earnings growth and aligned around two complementary business cores to create continued value for its customers. He has fostered a deeper commitment to corporate social responsibility and volunteerism by establishing the Celanese Foundation, an employee-led effort dedicated to improving the quality of life for people around the world.
Prior to Celanese, Rohr was executive chairman and director of Albemarle Corporation. During his 11 years with Albemarle, he held various executive positions, including chairman and CEO. Earlier in his career, Rohr held executive leadership roles with companies including Occidental Chemical Corporation and Dow Chemical.
Rohr serves on the board of directors of Ashland, Inc. In 2016, he also served as chairman of the American Chemistry Council’s Executive Committee and chairman of the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA).
Rohr earned his Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry and chemical engineering from Mississippi State University and serves on the advisory board for the university’s College of Arts and Sciences.
Rohr is active in a number of philanthropic areas with a focus on education. He is dedicated to organizations that strive to improve student achievement through educational support. He serves as board chair for City Year Dallas and on the board of the Commit! Partnership. With a passion for creating a culture of volunteerism, Rohr was named 2016-2017 United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Campaign Chairman. Rohr is also an active supporter of the International Rett Syndrome Foundation (IRSF) and the Emerge Center in Baton Rouge, Louisiana that supports the needs of families facing communication, behavior and developmental issues.
Christopher W. Jensen
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Christopher W. Jensen has served as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Celanese Corporation since 2015. He has global responsibility for treasury, tax, accounting, SEC reporting, financial planning and analysis, internal audit and financial shared services. Prior to his current role, Jensen progressed through several Celanese roles including senior vice president of finance and treasurer, and vice president and corporate controller.
Before joining Celanese, Jensen worked in the inspections and registration division of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board. He spent 13 years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in various positions in both the assurance and mergers and acquisitions groups. Jensen earned Bachelor of Science in accounting and Master of Accountancy degrees from Brigham Young University and is a certified public accountant.
Vice President, Global Communication and Corporate Social Responsibility & Celanese Foundation President
Gretchen Rosswurm is vice president of Global Communications for Celanese Corporation. Her responsibilities include marketing communication, brand, employee communication and corporate social responsibility.
Prior to working for Celanese, she also held communication leadership roles with Hostess Brands, Navistar and the United States Navy. She has a master’s degree in organizational behavior and an undergraduate degree in organizational communication.
She also blogs and writes short fiction. She lives with her family in Dallas, TX.
Celanese Foundation Manager
Dana Smith is the Celanese Foundation manager. She joined Celanese in 2009 working in the project management group and went on to develop the Corporate Social Responsibility program in the following years. She has a passion for giving back to the community and is an active volunteer at many of the organizations that Celanese is involved with. In her free time, she also enjoys interior decorating, working out and considers herself to be a “foodie."
Vice President, Deputy General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Celanese Foundation Secretary
Jim Peacock is vice president, deputy general counsel and corporate secretary of Celanese Corporation. He is responsible for securities law compliance and the corporate secretarial function, including subsidiary management. He also assists with various matters relating to the Board of Directors and its committees. Jim is actively involved with the company’s executive compensation and stock plan administration, and supports the accounting, investor relations, tax and treasury departments.
Before joining Celanese, Jim was vice president and secretary of Centex Corporation and, prior to that, was in private practice as a senior partner in the Dallas, Texas-based law firm of Thompson & Knight LLP.
Jim has been active in bar matters and attorney education. He is a former chairman of the Business Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, and a chair of that Section’s Securities Law Committee and Vice Chair of the Codification Committee. He was active in the drafting and enactment of the Texas Business Organizations Code and other projects of the Business Law Section. Jim has been a member of the planning faculty and a speaker for numerous legal symposia and conferences in Texas. He has also been recognized by Texas Monthly as a “Super Lawyer.”
Chuck Kyrish is Treasurer of Celanese Corporation and its subsidiaries, and also serves as Chairman of the Investment Committees for the Pension and 401k Plans. Chuck has global responsibility for Corporate Finance, Risk Management, Pensions and Banking Operations.
Prior to joining Celanese in 2006, He held various Finance and Treasury positions at ExxonMobil, Sabre/Travelocity and Mary Kay. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from The University of Texas at Austin and a Masters in Business Administration from Texas Christian University.