Ashland Inc. announced the appointment of Ashish K. Kulkarni to its board of directors. Kulkarni is the CEO of Kebotix, a startup company focused on commercializing artificial intelligence methods into new material commercialization. He is the former executive vice president and chief innovation officer of GAF, former chief technology and innovation officer at Avantor, and former chief technology and innovation officer at Celanese Corp. Kulkarni will serve on the board's Environmental, Health, Safety and Quality, and Compensation Committees. This new assignment became effective May 6, 2024. Prior to Celanese, Kulkarni held leadership positions at United Technologies Corp., American Standard, and General Electric.

With the addition of Kulkarni and in anticipation of potential director retirements under the board’s retirement and resignation policy, Ashland has increased the size of the board to 11 members.

According to Ashland, Kulkarni is a highly experienced global technology and innovation leader in companies across diverse industries. Reportedly, he excels at building cultures and ecosystems of innovation to accelerate the delivery of breakthrough products and services that increase customer loyalty, market share, revenue growth, profitability, and return on investment.

“I am pleased to welcome Ashish as a new director to the Ashland Board,” said Guillermo Novo, chair and chief executive officer, Ashland. “As we continue to execute our strategy to shape and grow our portfolio, Ashish will provide unique perspectives about advancing and accelerating scalable growth.”

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