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Versum Materials Inc (VSM.N)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Seifi Ghasemi

74 Non-Executive Chairman of the Board

Guillermo Novo

56 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

George Bitto

59 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Michael Valente

50 2018 Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary

John Langan

58 Chief Technology Officer

Meili Chen

2018 Vice President - Human Resources

Edward Shober

59 Vice President - Materials

John White

51 Vice President - Delivery Systems and Services

Jacques Croisetiere

65 Independent Director

Yi Paik

63 Independent Director

Thomas Riordan

68 Independent Director

Susan Schnabel

57 Independent Director

Alejandro Wolff

62 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

Seifi Ghasemi

Mr. Seifi Ghasemi is Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of the Company. Mr. Ghasemi became Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. (“Air Products”) in July 2014. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Ghasemi was an independent member of Air Products’ board of directors since September 2013. From 2001-2014, Mr. Ghasemi served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Rockwood Holdings, Inc., a global leader in inorganic specialty chemicals and advanced materials that was acquired by Albemarle Corporation in January 2015. From 1997-2001, he held leadership roles at GKN, plc, a global industrial company, including positions as Director of the Main Board of GKN, plc, and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of GKN Sinter Metals, Inc. and Hoeganes Corporation. Earlier in his career, Mr. Ghasemi spent nearly 20 years with The BOC Group, plc (the industrial gas company which is now part of Linde AG) in positions including Director of the Main Board of BOC Group, plc; President of BOC Gases Americas; and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of BOC Process Plants, Ltd. and Cryostar. Mr. Ghasemi earned his undergraduate degree from Abadan Institute of Technology and holds an M.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Stanford University. He also was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree from Lafayette College in 2017 and an honorary Doctor of Engineering degree from Stevens Institute of Technology in 2018. Mr. Ghasemi is a member of The Business Council, an association of the chief executive officers of the world’s most important business enterprises. He also was the recipient of the 2017 biennial International Palladium Medal from the Société de Chimie Industrielle for his distinguished contributions to the chemical industry.

Guillermo Novo

Mr. Guillermo Novo is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Novo has been the President and CEO of Versum Materials since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016, and is a member of our board of directors. Previously, he was Executive Vice President, Materials Technologies of Air Products since October 2014. He joined Air Products in September 2012 as Senior Vice President Electronics, Performance Materials, Strategy and Technology. Prior to joining Air Products, Mr. Novo was employed by the Dow Chemical Company where he most recently served as group vice president, Dow Coating Materials, a large specialty chemicals business, since July 2010. He began his career in 1986 with Rohm and Haas Company (which merged with Dow in 2009) and over the next 24 years progressed through a variety of commercial, marketing, and general management positions, living in South America, the United States and Asia. In 1998, Mr. Novo was named a vice president at Rohm and Haas, and in 2006 he became a corporate officer and one of five group executives on the corporate leadership team responsible for driving the overall strategy for the company. He serves on the board of directors of Bemis Company, Inc. Mr. Novo holds a B.S. degree in industrial engineering from the University of Central Florida and an MBA from the University of Michigan.

George Bitto

Mr. George G. Bitto is Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of the Company. Mr. Bitto has been our Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since December 2017. Previously, he served as our Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016. Before that, he was Vice President, Finance of the Materials Technologies business of Air Products, since October 2014. Mr. Bitto joined Air Products in 1987 as a participant in Air Products’ Career Development Program and held a variety of analyst and management positions within the Controllership and Treasury organizations. In 2000, he was appointed general manager of Air Products’ North America Liquid Bulk business. Mr. Bitto returned to the Finance organization, where he was named controller for the Chemicals Group in 2002 and Vice President and Controller for the Gases and Equipment Group in 2004. In 2007, Mr. Bitto was named Vice President and Treasurer, and in 2010 he was appointed Vice President, Treasurer, and Chief Risk Officer of Air Products, the position he held through October 2014.

Michael Valente

Mr. Michael William Valente is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary of the Company. Mr. Valente has been our Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary since October 8, 2018. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Law and Human Resources, General Counsel and Secretary since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016, and before that he served as General Counsel of the Materials Technologies business of Air Products since June 2015. Prior to that, he was Vice President, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary of Rockwood Holdings, Inc., serving in this capacity since June 2014. From 2004 to June 2014, Mr. Valente served as General Counsel-U.S. and Assistant Secretary. Prior to that, he held various roles in the legal department of Rockwood, which he joined in June 2002. At Rockwood, Mr. Valente worked on corporate governance, numerous acquisitions and divestitures, financings and the company’s initial public offering. Earlier in his career, he was a corporate associate for several years at Lowenstein Sandler PC where he practiced mergers and acquisitions, securities law and general corporate matters. He previously worked for four years in several roles as an accountant in a regional public accounting firm.

John Langan

Mr. John G. Langan is Chief Technology Officer of the Company. Dr. Langan has been our Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer since December 2017. Previously, he served as our Chief Technology Officer since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016. Before that, he was Director of Technology for the Air Products Electronics Materials Division since September 2007. Dr. Langan joined Air Products in 1988, working on semiconductor process materials research, product development and technology management. In 1998, he was named Air Products Global OEM business development manager. In 2000, Dr. Langan went on to serve as director of technology in various engineering and business unit roles at Novellus Systems, Inc. In 2005 he returned to Air Products as Business Manager for the post CMP cleans formulated product line before assuming his position as director of technology for the Air Products Electronic Materials Division. Dr. Langan holds a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Boston College, a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Columbia University and was a Post-Doctoral Research Associate in the Chemistry Department at MIT.

Meili Chen

Edward Shober

Mr. Edward C. Shober is Vice President - Materials of the Company. Mr. Shober has been our Senior Vice President, Materials since February 2017. Previously, he served as our Vice President Materials-Advanced Materials since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016. Before that, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Advanced Materials for the Materials Technologies business of Air Products since October 2012. Mr. Shober joined Air Products in 1994, leading engineering activities in the Electronics Engineering and Electronics package plants organizations before assuming senior leadership roles with two joint ventures. In 1999, he was named vice president of engineering and operations for TRiMEGA, a joint venture between Air Products and Kinetic Systems providing turnkey solutions to semiconductor fabs, and served as TRiMEGA’s chief operating officer from 2001-2004. Mr. Shober lead DA NanoMaterials, Air Products’ joint venture with DuPont, as its chief operating officer from 2004-2007, and chief executive officer from 2007-2010. In October 2011, he served as Director of Advanced Materials Integration, Electronics Division, until assuming leadership of Advanced Materials for the Materials Technologies business of Air Products in October 2012.

John White

Mr. John J. White is Vice President - Delivery Systems and Services of the Company. Mr. White has been our Senior Vice President, Delivery Systems and Services since December 2017, prior to which he served as our Vice President, Delivery Systems and Services since our separation from Air Products on October 1, 2016. Previously, he served as the Vice President and General Manager of Delivery Systems & Services for the Materials Technologies business of Air Products since January 2014. Mr. White joined Air Products in 2000 as a sales executive based in Colorado Springs where he held various sales and regional management positions. In 2011, Mr. White relocated to Allentown where he was named director, product management, for Air Products North America-based products. Mr. White served as Director of Product Management from March 2011 to August 2012, and was then appointed director of asset management for Air Products’ Advanced Materials business from August 2014 to January 2014.

Jacques Croisetiere

Mr. Jacques M. Croisetiere is an Independent Director of the Company. From August 2009 to December 2012, Mr. Croisetière was the Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer at Bacardi Limited. Before Bacardi Limited he worked at Rohm and Haas Company as its Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Chief Strategy Officer from April 2003 to April 2009, and before that was Vice President, European Region Director and Director Ion Exchange Resins and Inorganic Specialty Solutions from July 1999 to March 2003. Mr. Croisetière earned a degree in Industrial Management from C.E.G.E.P. Ahuntsic, and a degree in Accounting Science and a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance from University of Montreal, Hautes Etudes Commerciales.

Yi Paik

Mr. Yi Hyon Paik is an Independent Director of the Company. From March 2014 to April 2016, Dr. Paik was the President and Chief Strategy Officer of Samsung SDI Company. Prior to Samsung SDI Company, he was the Executive Vice President and Head of Electronic Materials Business at Samsung Cheil Industries from 2010 to 2013. From 2009 to 2010 Dr. Paik worked at the Dow Chemical Company as its Business Group Vice President and Head of Electronic Materials Business. Before the Dow Chemical Company he served at the Rohm and Haas Company as Business Group Vice President and President of Electronic Materials Business and before that as Vice President and President of its Microelectronics Business. He serves on the Advisory Board of Zeptor Corporation, a private company. Dr. Paik earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master in Chemistry from Seoul National University, a Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of Pittsburgh and a Postdoctoral Fellow at Columbia University.

Thomas Riordan

Mr. Thomas J. Riordan is an Independent Director of the Company. Mr. Riordan served as Chief Legal and Administrative Officer and Board Secretary of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. from 2000 to 2015 while also serving as its Senior Executive Vice President from 2014 to 2015, its Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel from 2005 to 2013 and before that as Vice President from 2000 to 2005. Before Rockwood Holdings, Inc. he worked at Laporte plc from 1989 to 2000 as the Vice President, U.S. General Counsel while also serving as Administrative Officer from 1995 to 2000. Mr. Riordan earned a Bachelor of Arts and Master in Business Administration from Loyola University and a Juris Doctor from Northern Illinois University.

Susan Schnabel

Ms. Susan C. Schnabel is an Independent Director of the Company. Ms. Schnabel is the Co-Founder and Managing Partner of aPriori Capital Partners, an independent leveraged buyout fund advisor created in connection with the spin-off of DLJ Merchant Banking Partners from Credit Suisse in 2014. Prior to forming aPriori Capital, Ms. Schnabel worked at Credit Suisse from 1998 to 2014 where she served as a Managing Director in the Asset Management Division and Co-Head of DLJ Merchant Banking. Ms. Schnabel formerly has served on the boards of numerous public companies including Neiman Marcus, STR Holdings, Rockwood Holdings, Inc. and Shoppers Drug Mart. She also serves on the Harvard Business School Alumni Advisory Board, the Cornell University Trustee Council, the California Institute of Technology - Investment Committee, the US Olympic & Paralympic Foundation Board of Directors, and the board of directors of the Los Angeles Music Center Foundation. Ms. Schnabel earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University and a Masters in Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Alejandro Wolff

Amb. Alejandro Daniel Wolff is an Independent Director of the Company. Ambassador Wolff was the U.S. Ambassador to Chile from September 2010 to July 2013. Prior to that, he served as Ambassador and Deputy Permanent U.S. Representative to the United Nations from 2005 to 2010. Ambassador Wolff retired from the Department of State in August 2013 with the rank of Career Minister following a 33-year Foreign Service career that included overseas tours in Algeria, Morocco, Chile, Cyprus, the U.S. Mission to the European Union and France. In Washington, he served as Deputy Executive Secretary of the State Department, Executive Assistant to Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Colin Powell and in assignments on the Policy Planning Staff, in the Office of Soviet Union Affairs, and the Office of the Under Secretary for Political Affairs. Ambassador Wolff was Managing Director of Gryphon Partners LLC, an international consulting firm, from 2014 to 2016. He has been a Director of Albemarle Corporation since January 12, 2015, and was previously a director of Rockwood Holdings, Inc. Since March 2017, he has served on the board of directors of JetSMART SpA, a private company. Ambassador Wolff graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of California at Los Angeles. He is a NACD Board Leadership Fellow.

Basic Compensation

Name Fiscal Year Total

Seifi Ghasemi

283,000

Guillermo Novo

4,809,960

George Bitto

2,355,300

Michael Valente

1,607,450

John Langan

--

Meili Chen

--

Edward Shober

2,010,620

John White

--

Jacques Croisetiere

253,000

Yi Paik

233,000

Thomas Riordan

248,000

Susan Schnabel

233,000

Alejandro Wolff

243,000
As Of  30 Sep 2018