J. Stewart Witzeman Named Chairman of the Industrial Research Institute

New members of the Board of Directors also named at Annual Meeting in Boston

BOSTON, Mass., May 21, 2009– Dr. J. Stewart Witzeman, director of the Eastman Research Division, Eastman Chemical Corporation, was named chairman of the Industrial Research Institute (IRI) board of directors yesterday at the IRI Annual Meeting which took place in Boston, May 18-21. IRI represents senior executives from a wide range of industries whose member companies invest more than $100 billion annually in R&D worldwide.

Dr. Witzeman is a native of Phoenix, Ariz. He received a bachelor's degree in Chemistry and Environmental Science from Northern Arizona University, a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from The University of California, Santa Barbara and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The University of Chicago prior to joining Eastman.

In 1985, Dr. Witzeman joined the Research Laboratories of the Eastman Chemical Division of Eastman Kodak. In 1993, he relocated to The Hague, where he was manager, Chemicals Research, Europe, Middle East and Africa. In January of 1994, the Eastman Chemical Division was spun off from Kodak as an independent company and Dr. Witzeman continued as manager, Chemicals Research, for the newly created Eastman Chemical Company. He returned to the U.S. in June of 1996 where he assumed the position of assistant to the chairman and chief executive officer. Since 1997, Dr. Witzeman has held various leadership positions managing the research and development activities at Eastman. Currently he is director, Eastman Research Division, where his responsibilities include management of the key technical aspects associated with Eastman's growth platforms and chemical competencies, the administration of Eastman's corporate research program and the management of Eastman's external technology program.

Dr. Witzeman’s current professional activities include serving on the IRI board of directors, where he also served on the program committee. He is also active in IRI’s External Technology Directors Network and has previously served as co-chair on IRI Research-on-Research working groups related to External Innovation and Intellectual Property Management. He also serves on the board of the Tennessee Technology Development Corporation, a technology focused economic development board for the state of Tennessee.

As of May 20, Steven Lerner, Senior Fellow, Praxair, Inc., becomes IRI’s past chairman. James Scinta, manager, Heavy Oil, R&D and Shared Services, ConocoPhillips Company becomes IRI’s chairman-elect. Robert Kumpf, chief administrative officer, Bayer MaterialScience LLC, becomes IRI vice-chairman.

Other new members of the IRI 2009-2010 board of directors include:

  • Dr. Martha Collins, director, New Applications Research, Air Products, Inc., Allentown, Pa.
  • Anthony Metoyer, director, Strategic Development, Phantom Works, The Boeing Company, Seattle, Wash.
  • Dr. Ashok Joshi, president, chief executive officer , Ceramatec, Inc, Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Ronald Dressler, senior manager, Research & Development Planning, The Hershey Company, Hershey, Pa.
  • Philip Russell, director, Innovation Process & Project Management Office, Weyerhaeuser Company, Federal Way, Wash.

Additional members of the IRI 2009-2010 board of directors include:

  • Daniel Carpenter, vice president, chief technology officer, Energizer, Westlake, Ohio
  • Dr. Ryan R. Dirkx, vice president, R&D, Arkema, Inc., King of Prussia, Pa.
  • John W. Leikhim, director, Corporate Research & Development, Innovation Capability, The Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Dr. Ann C. Savoca, global vice president, Technology & Innovation, Sealed Air Corporation, Duncan, S.C.
  • Dr. Robert Wikman, director ACCE, Science Center, BASF Corp., Wyandotte, Mich.

For more information about IRI, visit www.iriinc.org.


About the Industrial Research Institute

The Industrial Research Institute represents nearly 200 industrial and service companies that have a common interest in effective management of technological innovation. IRI member companies invest more than $100 billion annually, nearly half of the nation’s privately funded R&D dollars. Spanning diverse industries and competing globally, IRI member companies employ more than 10 million American workers. Together, they generate more than $2 trillion in annual sales, representing a substantial portion of our nation’s gross domestic product. IRI is the only organization providing the R&D community with insights, solutions and best practices in innovation management developed through collaborative knowledge creation. For more information call 703.647.2580 or visit www.iriinc.org.