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J. Brian Ferguson
Mr. Ferguson, 56, is the former CEO and Chairman of Eastman Chemical Company, a global chemical company engaged in the manufacture and sale of a broad portfolio of chemicals, plastics and fibers. He served as CEO and Chairman of Eastman from January of 2002 through June of 2008, and as Executive Chairman of the Board from June 2008 through December 2010. Prior to his roles as CEO/Chairman, Ferguson was President of Eastman’s Chemicals Group where he had direct responsibility for all chemicals-based business organizations, as well as the manufacturing, sales, pricing and product management, technology and geographical aspects of the business group. Ferguson graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering in 1977, and started work in Eastman’s Longview, Texas operations. He had a wide variety of manufacturing, technology and staff assignments in Texas and Tennessee before being assigned responsibility for Eastman’s federal government affairs in Washington, D.C. from 1992-1995. Ferguson lived in Hong Kong and Singapore from 1996 through 1999 when he had responsibility for all Asia-Pacific businesses and operations. Mr. Ferguson has served as a director of Nextera Energy, Inc. (formerly FPL Group) since 2005. He was Chairman of the American Chemistry Council in 2010, and was a member of the Business Roundtable and the board of the National Association of Manufacturers prior to his retirement from Eastman. Mr. Ferguson has been married 36 years to his wife Teri, and they live in Jonesborough, Tennessee. They have two sons, Eric and Ben, and two grandchildren.