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.
President and General Counsel, Asia Pacific (APAC)
Ashley Duffie was named President and General Counsel, APAC, in January 2019. She is responsible for the regional execution of the company’s corporate strategy and for legal and compliance in the 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 responsible for global litigation and EHS law. She joined Celanese in 2007.
Before joining Celanese, Duffie was an attorney with Haynes and Boone, LLP, specializing in environmental law, white collar criminal defense and 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.
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.
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Scott Richardson was named chief financial officer for Celanese Corporation in February 2018 after serving as senior vice president of the Engineered Materials business since December 2015, where he had global responsibility for strategy, product and business management, planning and portfolio development, and pipeline management. Previously, Richardson served as vice president and general manager of the Acetyl Chain since 2011. Richardson has progressed through several Celanese roles including global commercial director, Acetyls; manager of Investor Relations; business analysis manager, Acetyls; and business line controller, Polyols and Solvents. He joined Celanese in 2005.
Before joining Celanese, Richardson held various finance, operational and leadership roles at American Airlines. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Accounting from Westminster College and a Master of Business Administration from Texas Christian University.
Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer
Shannon Jurecka was named senior vice president and chief human resources officer in July 2017. Jurecka joined Celanese in 2016 as the VP of HR for Materials Solutions and the HR leader for Mergers and Acquisitions.
She came to Celanese after spending 10 years in HR at Bank of America Merrill Lynch where she held roles in Leadership Development and as an HR Executive. She started as the program manager for a rotational development program in Technology and Operations and progressed to the role of program manager for a top talent development program, that generated cost savings of over $100MM, $14MM in-year revenue, as well as 3 patents.
Jurecka later became the HR executive in Consumer Operations where she worked with business leaders in executing on the strategic direction for Bankruptcy, Fraud & Claims, Foreclosure, and Mortgage Servicing. She held HR roles in Global Risk where she supported Corporate and Investment Banking Risk, and Consumer Banking Risk, while working with the global HR teams in Europe, South America, and Asia.
Immediately prior to joining Celanese, she was the Bank of America West Region Site Human Resources Executive supporting over 20,000 operations employees in 25+ locations across 7 states. She also served as the Dallas and Fort Worth Market HR Executive responsible for delivering on market strategic talent objectives.
Prior to Bank of America, she worked at Dell as a Mechanical Engineering Project Manager and in Learning & Leadership Development.
Jurecka earned a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Sam Houston State University and a master’s degree in Organizational Leadership and Ethics from St. Edward’s University. She holds a secondary education teaching certificate in the state of Texas.
Shannon lives in the Fort Worth area with her husband and two children. She volunteers at her church, United Way, and other local charities.
Vice President, Human Resources and Philanthropy
Rachelle joined Celanese in 2010 and has had a variety of HR leadership roles in both Total Rewards and HR business partnership including supporting each Celanese business segment, manufacturing, technology and corporate functions. Prior to Celanese, she held compensation roles at Williams Company and Dollar Thrifty Automotive Group in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
McReynolds earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Oklahoma State University and a master’s degree in Industrial / Organizational Psychology from the University of Tulsa.
Rachelle lives in Dallas with her husband and two children. She volunteers regularly with United Way and other local charities.
Mary Elyse Farah
Manager, Volunteer Strategy and Programs
Foundation Vice President
Mary Elyse started her career as a national service member and became committed to the community development and empowerment field because of her service experience. She has since worked with a high-end fashion label, a culinary and design market, and a restaurant in an urban redevelopment zone in Johannesburg, South Africa, and in Dallas developing the startup, growth and scale structures for an international non-profit.
She has led large teams through operational success and growth by generating resources and building support from the public and private sectors. Her areas of expertise include efficient business operations, talent cultivation, personnel management and retention, revenue development, service impact and partnership development, and executive board management. Mary Elyse currently leads volunteerism and community engagement efforts for Celanese.
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.”
Vice President Treasurer, Investor Relations
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.