FMC Corp. has named Pierre Brondeau president and chief executive officer succeeding William G. Walter, effective Jan. 1, 2010.
Brondeau has also been elected to the company’s board of directors, effective Jan. 1, 2010. Walter will continue as the Chairman of the Board until his normal retirement date of Oct. 1, 2010.
Brondeau, age 52, retired from Dow Chemical Co. in September where he served as president and chief executive officer of Dow Advanced Materials. Prior to joining Dow, Brondeau was president and chief operating officer of Rohm and Haas Co., which was acquired by Dow Chemical earlier this year. Over the course of an illustrious 20-year career at Rohm and Haas, Brondeau held numerous executive positions in Europe and the United States with global responsibilities for marketing, sales, research and development, engineering, technology, and operations. Brondeau, a proven leader, brings to FMC an exceptional track record of developing and executing growth strategies and delivering strong financial results.
Brondeau earned both his bachelor of science degree and Ph.D. in Biochemical Engineering from INSA in Toulouse, France. He also holds a master’s degree in Food Sciences from the University of Montpellier, France.
Brondeau, who also serves on the board of directors of Tyco Electronics, becomes the 11th director on the FMC Board. Walter and Brondeau will be the only non-independent directors.