Eastman Board Elects New Member February 2011
KINGSPORT, Tenn., Feb. 24, 2011 – The board of directors of Eastman Chemical Company (NYSE:EMN) has elected Brett D. Begemann as a director. Begemann, 50, is executive vice president and chief commercial officer, Monsanto Company, a leading global provider of technology-based solutions and agricultural products that improve farm productivity and food quality.
“Brett’s wide-ranging experience at Monsanto will be a valuable addition to Eastman’s Board of Directors,” said Jim Rogers, chairman and CEO. “I am sure that our company will benefit greatly from his global biotechnology and chemicals business operations insight and his extensive experience in leading international and emerging markets growth and strategy”.
Begemann graduated from the University of Missouri in 1983 with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics. Upon graduation he joined Monsanto in the company’s sales and marketing organization. Since that time Begemann has had various senior management assignments, each with increasing levels of responsibility. He has served in several key international positions, including vice president, Asia Pacific, Singapore, and executive vice president, International. Begemann currently serves as chief commercial officer, with responsibility for Monsanto’s global commercial operations, including the company’s two major business sectors.