In line with its recently communicated business unit structure, Ashland has announced new business leaders for its Specialty Additives and Performance Adhesives businesses. Min Chong will be joining Ashland to lead the Specialty Additives business unit, effective January 1, 2020, and Tim Pione will be leading the Performance Adhesives business unit. Both Chong and Pione will report directly to Guillermo Novo, chairman and CEO.

Chong spent the last three years at Evonik running its Global Crosslinker business. Prior to that, he held several leadership roles at Air Products, which included leading the Performance Materials business in Asia and running the Global Epoxy Additives business. 

Chong graduated from Carnegie Mellon as a chemical engineer and later obtained his MBA at Lehigh University. He has worked in a wide range of roles in engineering, supply chain, marketing, and commercial management.

Pione will assume an expanded business-centric leadership role for Adhesives. Ashland reports that moving to its new business model will enable Pione and the Adhesives team to take more ownership and accountability and drive improved performance in the Adhesives business.

Pione rejoined Ashland in 2018 to lead the Adhesives group. Prior to rejoining Ashland, he served as president of the U.S. subsidiary of Savare Specialty Adhesives. He previously spent five years (2005-2010) as Ashland’s director of raw material procurement. Pione is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy.

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