JPS Luncheon: Craig A. Rogerson, “Focused Innovation: The New Chemtura”

Craig A. Rogerson

Craig A. Rogerson

This installment of the Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series included a keynote address by Craig A. Rogerson, Chairman, President, and CEO, Chemtura Corporation. Rogerson presented “Focused Innovation: The New Chemtura.”


Chemtura Corporation is the successor to Crompton and Knowles Corporation, which was incorporated in Massachusetts in 1900 and first engaged in the manufacture and sale of specialty chemicals in 1954. Crompton and Knowles expanded its specialty-chemical business through acquisitions, including its acquisition of Uniroyal Chemical Company in 1996, a merger with Witco Corporation in 1999, and its acquisition of Great Lakes Chemical Corporation in 2005, at which time it became Chemtura Corporation.

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About the speaker:

Rogerson came to Chemtura in December 2008 after serving as president, CEO, and director of Hercules, Inc. Rogerson joined Hercules in 1979 as part of the firm’s water-management chemicals division. In 1997 he left Hercules to join Wacker Silicones Corporation, where he served as president and CEO. In 2000 he rejoined Hercules as vice president for business operations of their BetzDearborn division. He was eventually named vice president and general manager of that division in 2000. Before being named CEO of Hercules in 2003, Rogerson held a variety of senior management positions with the company, including president of the FiberVisions and Pinova divisions, vice president of global procurement, and chief operating officer.

Rogerson serves on the boards of directors of PPL, the Society of Chemical Industry, and the American Chemistry Council.

He holds a chemical-engineering degree from Michigan State University.

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