Natural Resources >> CEO Interviews >> December 20, 1999
Thomas A. Waltermire – The Geon Company (gon)
THOMAS A. WALTERMIRE became Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of PolyOne Corporation headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio with the consolidation of The Geon Company and M.A. Hanna Corporation. He joined The Geon Company as Senior Vice President and Treasurer just prior to Geons initial public offering in March 1993. Later that year he was named Chief Financial Officer with additional responsibilities for human resources, information technology and corporate communications. He became Chief Operating Officer in May, 1997, with responsibility for Geons strategic business units and key support functions. In May, 1999 he was named to the position of Chairman and CEO. Mr. Waltermire joined The BFGoodrich Company in 1974 as a Financial Analyst, after receiving a Bachelors degree in Biological Sciences, summa cum laude, from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration degree with Distinction from Harvard University. He held positions as Assistant Treasurer for Corporate Finance and Assistant Controller for Planning and Analysis. In 1980 Mr. Waltermire joined the BFGoodrich Chemical Group and was named Director of Purchasing and Feedstocks. He later served as Vice President of Commercial Services with responsibility for purchasing, transportation, information systems, marketing services and control. He served as President of the Elastomers and Latex Division, one of BFGs specialty chemical businesses, from 1985 to 1989. In 1989 he returned to the BFGoodrich corporate headquarters, as Vice President of Investor Relations and Assistant to BFGoodrichs Chairman and CEO until the Geon initial public offering in 1993. Profile
TWST: Give us a background summary of The Geon Company.
Mr. Waltermire: We describe ourselves today as a polymer services
company. And, maybe, even a little more expansive on that, a