Board of Directors

Richard (Rick) Kelson, Chairman of the Board, and Interim President and CEO - Ingevity

Rick is chairman of the board of directors for Ingevity. He has been the chairman, president and chief executive officer of ServCo since 2009. He also served as an operating advisor with Pegasus Capital Advisors, L.P. from 2006 to 2010. Prior to this, Rick was executive vice president and chief financial officer of Alcoa, Inc. for nearly a decade, retiring in 2006 as chairman’s counsel. He previously served as Alcoa’s executive vice president – Environment, Health and Safety and general counsel, and as a member of their Executive Council. Rick served as a member of the boards of directors for MeadWestvaco Corporation (now WestRock Company) from 2002 to 2015, and Anadigics, Inc. from 2015 to 2016. He has also served on the boards of directors of Commercial Metals Company since 2010, where he is lead director; and PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. since 2002. Rick holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Pennsylvania and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Pittsburgh.

Jean Blackwell, Executive Vice President, Corporate Responsibility (Retired) - Cummins Inc.

Jean, a corporate executive with strong financial acumen and a thorough understanding of the business operations of publicly traded companies, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

She served as the chief executive officer of Cummins Foundation and executive vice president of Corporate Responsibility at Cummins Inc. from 2008 until her retirement in 2013.

She previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer at Cummins from 2003 to 2008; vice president, Cummins Business Services from 2001 to 2003; vice president, human resources from 1998 to 2001; and vice president and general counsel from 1997 to 1998. Before joining Cummins, Jean was budget director for the State of Indiana from 1993 to 1995, and executive director of the Indiana State Lottery Commission from 1991 to 1992. Earlier in her career, Jean was a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. Jean has served on the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees of Celanese Corporation’s board of directors since 2014. She also served on the board of directors for Essendant Inc. (formerly United Stationers Inc.) from 2007 until 2018, where she was chairman of the Governance Committee and a member of the Finance Committee. Jean holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from The College of William and Mary and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Michigan.

J. Michael (Mike) Fitzpatrick, Executive Advisor Partner - Wind Point Partners, Inc.

Mike, a senior executive with publicly traded, multinational company experience, general management experience in international operations, a high level of financial literacy and extensive experience with mergers and acquisitions, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

He has been an executive advisor partner at Wind Point Partners, Inc. since 2005. He also served as chairman and chief executive officer of their portfolio company, Citadel Plastic Holdings, Inc. from 2007 to 2012. Prior to this, Mike spent 30 years with Rohm & Haas Company, serving most recently as president and chief operating officer, until 2005. Mike served as an independent member of the board of directors for McCormick & Company from 2001 to 2019. He served on their Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mike has been a director for Novolex Holdings, Inc. since 2012. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of New Orleans and a doctorate degree in chemistry from Rice University.

Diane Gulyas, President, DuPont Performance Polymers (Retired) - E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company

Diane, a corporate executive with substantial, varied management experience and strong skills in engineering, domestic and international manufacturing, marketing, and international sales and distribution, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

She served as the president of the performance polymers business of E.I. du Pont de Nemours & Company from 2009 until her retirement in 2014. Previously, she held other key roles within the organization, including chief marketing and sales officer from 2004 to 2006, group vice president of the company’s electronic and communication technologies platform from 2002 to 2004, and vice president and general manager of the company’s advanced fibers business from 1997 to 2002. Diane has served on the boards of directors of Expeditors International of Washington, Inc. and W. R. Grace & Co. since 2015. Additionally, she has served on the board of directors of the Ladies Professional Golfing Association (LPGA) since 2016, and has been a member of the University of Notre Dame College of Engineering’s Engineering Advisory Council since 2015. Diane holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Notre Dame and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Frederick (Fred) J. Lynch, Chief Executive Officer and President (Retired) - Masonite International Corporation

Fred, a business leader with extensive global operating experience in midsize to Fortune 100 multinational manufacturing corporations, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

He served as chief executive officer of Masonite International Corporation from 2007 and president from 2006 to 2019. Fred joined Masonite from Alpharma Inc., where he served as president of the human generics division and senior vice president, Global Supply Chain from 2003 to 2006. Earlier in his career, Fred spent nearly 18 years at Honeywell International Inc., most recently as vice president and general manager of their specialty chemical business. He served on the Masonite’s board of directors from 2006 to 2019. Fred holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Villanova University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Temple University.

Luis Fernandez-Moreno, Senior Vice President (Retired) - Ashland Company

Luis, a business leader with a successful history of leading complex global businesses and experience with the development and implementation of merger and acquisition plans, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

Luis served as senior vice president of Ashland Company from 2013 to 2019, with additional responsibilities as president of its Chemicals group since 2015. He previously served as president of Ashland Specialty Ingredients from 2013 to 2015, and as president of Ashland Water Technologies from 2012 to 2013. Before joining Ashland, Luis was executive vice president of HTH Water Products & Wood Protection for Arch Chemicals, Inc. from 2010 to 2011. Prior to joining Arch Chemicals, Luis spent approximately 25 years at Rohm & Haas Company until it was acquired by Dow Chemical Company, after which he managed the newly-formed Dow Coatings Materials business until 2010. Luis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico.

Karen Narwold, Executive Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary - Albemarle Corporation

Karen, an accomplished senior executive with over 25 years of management, legal and business experience with multinational industrial manufacturing companies, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

She has served as executive vice president, chief administrative officer, general counsel and corporate secretary with Albemarle Corporation since 2010, where she leads the company’s legal, public affairs (government and regulatory affairs and communications), IT and compliance organizations. She previously served as advisor at Symmetry Advisors from 2009 to 2010, and general counsel in 2007 to Symmetry Holdings. Prior to this, she served in a variety of leadership roles at Barzel Industries from 2008 to 2009, including vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel. Karen commenced her professional career with five years in private legal practice, followed by 16 years in roles of increasing leadership responsibility with GrafTech International, Ltd., including vice president, general counsel, human resources and company secretary. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from the University of Connecticut and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law.

Daniel (Dan) F. Sansone, Executive Vice President, Strategy (Retired) - Vulcan Materials Company

Dan, a proven business leader with four decades of broad domestic and international experience in finance and general management in major public corporations, is a member of the board of directors for Ingevity.

Dan spent nearly 28 years with Vulcan Materials Company until his retirement in 2014, most recently serving as executive vice president, strategy. Previously, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer (CFO) from 2010 to 2014, and senior vice president and CFO from 2005 to 2010. From 1997 to 2005, he served as president of one of Vulcan’s significant operating divisions. Dan joined Vulcan in 1988 as corporate controller. Earlier in his career, Dan served as director of finance, Europe, at Monroe Auto Equipment Company (now Tenneco Inc.). Prior to this, he held various financial roles at FMC Corporation from 1978 to 1986. He began his career with Kraft Inc. (now the Kraft Heinz Company) in 1976 as procurement analyst. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration degree in finance from John Carroll University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stuart School of Business at Illinois Institute of Technology.

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