|Curtis E. Espeland|
Mr. Espeland, 51, has been Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Eastman Chemical Company (a chemical, fiber and plastic manufacturer) since January 2014. Prior to his service as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Espeland was Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 to January 2014 and Vice President Finance and Chief Accounting Officer of Eastman Chemical from 2005 to 2008.
Mr. Espeland has extensive experience in corporate finance and accounting, having served in various finance and accounting roles, and ultimately as the Chief Financial Officer, at a large publicly-traded company (Eastman Chemical) for the past several years. Mr. Espeland also has significant experience in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, taxation and enterprise risk management. Mr. Espeland also served as an independent auditor at Arthur Andersen LLP having worked in both the United States and abroad (Europe and Australia). Mr. Espeland’s extensive accounting and finance experience, the Board has determined, qualifies him as an “audit committee financial expert.” This expertise makes Mr. Espeland an important member of the Audit Committee, where he serves as Chair, and the Finance Committee. In addition, Mr. Espeland’s international business experience is a valued asset for our global operations.