Ashland Global Holdings appoints James Minicucci as SVP and Chief Commercial Officer

Ashland Global Holdings Inc., a leading specialty chemical company, has announced the appointment of James Minicucci as its new Senior Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer. The move comes as the company looks to expand its global business and accelerate growth in all its business segments.

Minicucci brings with him more than three decades of experience in the chemical industry, having held leadership roles at several companies, including Merck KGaA, Versum Materials, Air Products, Marakon Associates, Rohm and Haas, and The Gillette Company. He has a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts.

In a statement, Ashland Global Holdings CEO Guillermo Novo said that Minicucci’s experience and track record of delivering top and bottom-line results make him an excellent fit for the company. Novo also noted that Minicucci’s expertise in corporate and business strategies, as well as mergers and acquisitions, will be invaluable as the company seeks to expand globally.

Most recently, Minicucci served as the Senior Vice President of Global Specialty Gases at Merck KGaA, where he was responsible for driving growth in the company’s specialty gases business. Prior to that, he was the CEO of Versum Materials, a leading supplier of specialty chemicals to the semiconductor industry. During his tenure, he oversaw the successful spinoff of the company from Air Products and led its subsequent merger with Entegris.

Minicucci’s international experience will also be a significant asset to Ashland Global Holdings, as he has spent the last seven years living in Taiwan and South Korea. In these roles, he gained valuable insights into the business landscape and cultural nuances of the Asia-Pacific region.

In his new role as SVP and Chief Commercial Officer, Minicucci will be responsible for leading the company’s commercial operations and driving growth across all its business segments. He will be based at the company’s global headquarters in Wilmington, Delaware.

In a statement, Minicucci expressed his excitement about joining Ashland Global Holdings, stating that he was thrilled to be part of a company that is “poised for growth and success.” He added that he looked forward to working with the team to “drive profitable growth and create value for all stakeholders.”

Overall, Minicucci’s appointment is a significant move for Ashland Global Holdings as it looks to expand its presence in the global chemical market. With his extensive experience and expertise, he is well-positioned to help the company achieve its goals and drive continued success in the years to come.


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