Cabot Corp. has promoted three senior level employees to executive vice president: Hobart C. Kalkstein, president, Reinforcement Materials Segment, Digital and Americas Region; Erica McLaughlin, chief financial officer and head of Corporate Strategy; and Jeff Zhu, president, Performance Chemicals Segment and Asia Pacific Region. All three continue to report to Sean Keohane, president and chief executive officer.

“We have an incredible executive management team at Cabot, and I am thrilled to announce these well-earned executive promotions which recognize these individual’s significant contributions to Cabot’s success,” said Keohane. “All three have been instrumental to our success to date, and will enable us to achieve our next phase of advantaged growth and innovation. I am proud to serve alongside them on Cabot’s executive management team.”

Kalkstein joined the executive management team in April 2016 as senior vice president and president, Reinforcement Materials Segment, and president, Americas Region. Prior to joining Cabot, Kalkstein worked for Boston Consulting Group. Kalkstein earned his MBA from Harvard University and a BSE in civil engineering and operations research at Princeton University.

McLaughlin was appointed senior vice president and CFO in May 2018, after serving as vice president of business operations for the Reinforcement Materials segment and general manager of the tire business. Prior to joining Cabot, McLaughlin worked for KPMG, LLP in the company’s audit services division. She is a certified public accountant, and earned an MBA and a BS in accounting from Boston College. She also serves on the board of directors of Azenta Life Sciences and the Advisory Board of FM Global.

Zhu joined Cabot in 2012 as a senior vice president and president of the Asia Pacific region. Prior to that, he spent 18 years with Rhodia (and its predecessor Rhone‐Poulenc) where he served in a variety of regional and global business leadership roles, including Asia Pacific regional commercial director, regional vice president and general manager of Novecare, and vice president and global director of electronics and catalysis. He served as the chairman of the board of the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers (AICM). Zhu earned his Master of Science degree in chemistry from National University of Singapore, and a distinction MBA from the University of Hull, United Kingdom.

“I am truly excited by the possibilities that lie ahead for these outstanding individuals, and for our company,” continued Keohane. “We have benefited greatly from Bart, Erica, and Jeff’s contributions, and we are delighted to recognize the broader role they will play as we continue to execute our ‘Creating for Tomorrow’ strategy to leverage our strengths to lead in performance and sustainability – today and into the future.”

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