Solutia Announces Executive Changes
St. Louis, March 21--Solutia Inc. has announced two changes to its executive leadership team, effective immediately.
Jonathon P. Wright has been named senior vice president of Solutia Inc. and president of integrated nylon. In this role he will lead Solutia’s integrated nylon division, a $1.6 billion business that is a leading producer of high-performance polymers, carpet fiber, and chemical intermediates. He will have responsibility for all commercial, operational and strategic aspects of the business. Wright replaces John F. Saucier, who will be leaving Solutia.
James R. Voss has been named senior vice president - business operations for Solutia Inc. In this role he will have enterprise-wide responsibility for human resources, procurement, information technology, governmental affairs, communications and public affairs.
"These changes are another important step in our strategy to position Solutia to thrive after emergence from Chapter 11," said Jeffry N. Quinn, president and CEO, Solutia Inc.
"Jonathon and Jim are seasoned professionals who bring fresh perspectives to their roles at Solutia. The decision of these two proven executives to join our team is a clear endorsement of the progress we are making to position Solutia for future success," added Quinn. "Jonathon will provide the strategic and commercial leadership that will revitalize our integrated nylon business. Jim will be a strong partner with Jonathon and Luc De Temmerman, senior vice president of Solutia Inc. and president of performance products, in their efforts to optimize our business and operational performance."
Wright, 45, joins Solutia from Charles River Associates, a global management consulting firm, where he served as vice president. Prior to that, he led Arthur D. Little’s strategy practice and management consulting business in North America. During his eight-year consulting career, Wright worked extensively in the petrochemical, specialty chemical, and related process industries. Previously, Wright held various operating, commercial and strategic roles with British Gas. Wright holds a M.Sc. in economics from Reading University and was an honors graduate in economics from City of London Polytechnic.
Voss, 38, joins Solutia from Premcor Inc., a major independent oil refiner, where he most recently served as senior vice president and chief administrative officer. In addition to his four years at Premcor, Voss’ previous business experience includes ten years in operational and human resources capacities with United Parcel Services, Foodmaker Industries and Swank Inc. Voss holds bachelor’s degrees in psychology and sociology from Maryville University, a master’s degree in human resources development from Webster University, and a MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.
In addition to Quinn, De Temmerman, Wright and Voss, Solutia’s executive leadership team consists of: James M. Sullivan, senior vice president and chief financial officer; Rosemary L. Klein, senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary; Max W. McCombs, vice president - environmental, safety and health; and Robert T. DeBolt, vice president - strategy.