Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> November 8, 2001

Kevin Mcmullen – Omnova Solutions Inc (omn)

KEVIN M. MCMULLEN is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of OMNOVA Solutions, Inc., a company which was spun off from GenCorp in September 1999. He was elected Chairman of OMNOVA on February 4, 2001, after being appointed CEO on December 1, 2000. Previously, Mr. McMullen was President and Chief Operating Officer from January 4, 2000. He joined the company on September 9, 1996, as President of GenCorp's, then OMNOVA's Decorative & Building Products business. Prior to joining GenCorp, Mr. McMullen had been with General Electric Corporation's Lighting Division in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the General Manager of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the $3.5 billion business. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Discharge Products, which represented nearly half of the North American sales. Previously, Mr. McMullen was with McKinsey & Company, serving for six years in Cleveland, and in various international assignments. Prior to that, he was an Analyst with Arthur Andersen & Company in Columbus, Ohio. He received his Bachelor's degree in Economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where he graduated with highest honors and went on to complete his MBA at the University of Chicago, with concentrations in Marketing and Finance. Mr. McMullen is a member of the Board of Directors of OMNOVA Solutions and Steris Corporation and serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Profile
TWST: Could you start off with an overview and profile of OMNOVA?

Mr. McMullen: OMNOVA Solutions is a company that was created two years

ago. It was spun off from GenCorp in October 1999 to