Chemical manufacturing company Ingevity Corporation has announced the promotion of John C. Fortson to the position of president and CEO, effective September 1, 2020. Mr. Fortson will also join Ingevity’s board of directors.
“John presented the board with a compelling vision and strategy for ‘Ingevity 2.0,’ based on his familiarity with the company and its unique culture,” said Ingevity board chairman Rick Kelson. “His business acumen and credibility with capital markets, combined with his innate leadership skills, make John an ideal selection for Ingevity’s next CEO.”
Mr. Fortson steps up into his new role having previously served as Ingevity’s executive vice president, CFO and treasurer. He joined the company in October 2015 from AAR Corporation, where he’d spent more than two years as vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer.
“All of us at Ingevity are grateful to Rick for his leadership as interim CEO during an unprecedented time,” said Mr. Fortson. “I’m looking forward to working with the board and my friends and colleagues at Ingevity to create the next phase of our company’s successful journey. Our strategy remains fundamentally the same. However, we will focus on sustainability, customer centricity and innovation to drive growth. It’s a new day for the company, and we’re ready to get to it.”