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.
Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Asia Pacific and China
Ashley Duffie currently serves as Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel for Asia Pacific and China. She serves on the Asia regional leadership team and is responsible for legal and compliance, joint venture governance, and other corporate and administrative activities throughout the Asia region. Prior to her current role, Duffie progressed through several Celanese roles including Vice President of Integration Management Office, Chief Compliance Officer, and Associate General Counsel for Litigation and EHS.
Before joining Celanese, Duffie was an attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, specializing in environmental law, white collar criminal defense, internal corporate investigations, and complex business litigation.
She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts in political science from Southern Methodist University, and received her Juris Doctorate and Masters in environmental law from the Vermont Law School.
Peter G. Edwards
Executive Vice President and General Counsel
Peter G. Edwards has served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Celanese Corporation since January 23, 2017. Mr. Edwards previously was Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Baxalta Inc., the biopharmaceutical spin-off from Baxter, from June 2015 until its merger with Shire plc in July 2016. Before that, he was Senior Vice President and General Counsel of the global specialty pharmaceuticals company Mallinckrodt plc from June 2013 to June 2015, and served as its Vice President and General Counsel from May 2010 to its spin-off from Covidien plc in June of 2013. He previously served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Solvay Pharmaceuticals in Brussels, Belgium from June 2007 until April 2010 and as its Senior Vice President and General Counsel in the U.S. from October 2005 to June 2007. Before that, he held in-house positions of increasing responsibility within Mettler-Toledo, Inc. and Eli Lilly and Company.
Mr. Edwards began his career in 1990 as an associate in the Kansas City, Missouri office of Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P. Mr. Edwards received his J.D., cum laude, from Brigham Young University.
Vice President, Global Manufacturing
Jon Mortimer currently serves as Vice President, Global Manufacturing of Celanese Corporation
since 2017. Mr. Mortimer previously held positions as Vice President of Manufacturing and Operations and Vice President, Manufacturing Advanced Engineered Materials. Before that, he held positions as Asian regional manufacturing leader in Acetyls, as well as in manufacturing management in Acrylates.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from University of Maryland in 1992.
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.
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.