Board of Directors

Our Board members have extensive knowledge of the chemical industry and experience in the areas of strategic planning, domestic and international markets and business, management, accounting and finance, risk management, corporate governance, and public company leadership and oversight.

The Board is elected by our stockholders and provides a valuable resource to management. To ensure long-term value for our stockholders, the Board reviews the overall strategic direction of the company, selects the chief executive officer (CEO), provides for succession planning, monitors the performance of both the company and the CEO, and approves the annual operating plan and long-term strategy.

Our Board members also work with management to encourage entrepreneurship, appropriate risk-taking and investment to promote our long-term success. Our Board actively cultivates a corporate culture that gives high priority to ethical standards, principles of fair dealing, professionalism, integrity, compliance with legal requirements and ethically sound strategic goals.



BIOGRAPHIES

Juan Enriquez

Juan Enriquez

Committee memberships: Audit, SH&E

Director since: 2005

Term of office expires: 2017

Mr. Enriquez has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer of Biotechonomy Ventures, a life sciences research and investment firm, since 2003 and Managing Director of Excel Venture Management, a life sciences investment company, since March 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Enriquez served as Director of the Life Science Project at Harvard Business School from 2001 to 2003. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of various start-up companies.


Sean D. Keohane

Sean Keohane

Committee memberships: Executive

Director since: 2016

Term of office expires: 2017

Mr. Keohane became President and Chief Executive Officer of Cabot Corporation in March 2016. He also currently serves as President of the Reinforcement Materials Segment. Mr. Keohane joined Cabot in 2002 in the carbon black business. Since joining the company, he has held several key management positions including general manager of the Performance Product business group, global marketing director for the carbon black businesses, and senior vice president and president of the Performance Materials Segment. Prior to joining Cabot, Mr. Keohane worked for Pratt & Whitney, a division of United Technologies in a variety of general management positions. Mr. Keohane earned his MBA from Harvard University and a BS in Finance from Providence College.


William C. Kirby

William Kirby

Committee memberships: Audit, SH&E

Director since: 2012

Term of office expires: 2017

Mr. Kirby is the Spangler Family Professor of Business Administration at the Harvard Business School and T.M. Chang Professor of China Studies at Harvard University, positions he has held since July 2008. Since July 2006, he has also been a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Director of Harvard University’s John K. Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies, and Chairman of the Harvard China Fund. A Harvard faculty member since 1992, Mr. Kirby has served as Chair of Harvard’s History Department, Director of the Harvard University Asia Center, and Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Mr. Kirby also serves on the Board of Directors of The China Fund, Inc., a non-diversified closed-ended management investment company, and The Taiwan Fund, Inc., a diversified closed-ended management investment company.


Roderick C.G. MacLeod

Roderick MacLeod

Committee memberships: Audit, SH&E

Director since: 1998

Term of office expires: 2019

Mr. MacLeod is a Principal of Waverley Investments Ltd., a private equity investment company, a position he has held since co-founding the company in 1999, and a Principal of St. Martins Finance Ltd., a private equity investment company, since co-founding the company in 1985. Prior to his current positions, Mr. MacLeod served as General Manager for Business Development for Adia S.A. (now Adecco S.A.), a human resources company, from 1980 to 1991.


John K. McGillicuddy

John McGillicuddy

Committee memberships: Audit (Chair), Executive, Governance and Nominating

Director since: 2008

Term of office expires: 2018

Mr. McGillicuddy was a partner with KPMG LLP, a public accounting firm, from 1975 until his retirement in 2000. During his tenure with KPMG, he served as an audit partner, SEC reviewing partner and in various management positions. Mr. McGillicuddy is also Chairman of the Board of Directors of Watts Water Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of water safety and flow control products, and a member of the Board of Directors of Brooks Automation, Inc., a worldwide provider of automation, vacuum and instrumentation solutions to the global semiconductor and related industries. He is a former chairman of the Better Business Bureau of Massachusetts.


John F. O'Brien

John O'Brien

Committee memberships: Executive (Chair), Governance and Nominating (Chair)

Director since: 1990

Term of office expires: 2018

Mr. O'Brien has served as Cabot's Non-Executive Chairman of the Board since 2008.

Mr. O’Brien was Chief Executive Officer and President of Allmerica Financial Corporation (now known as The Hanover Insurance Group, Inc.), an insurance and diversified financial services company, from 1995 until his retirement in 2002. From 1989 until 2002, Mr. O’Brien also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of First Allmerica Financial Life Insurance Company, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Allmerica Investment Trust and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Allmerica Securities Trust. Mr. O’Brien is also a member of the Board of Directors of LKQ Corporation, a nationwide provider of recycled auto parts; a family of mutual funds managed by BlackRock, an investment management advisory firm; and the lead director of The TJX Companies, Inc., an off-price retailer of apparel and home fashions in the United States and worldwide.


Patrick M. Prevost

Patrick Prevost

Committee memberships: Executive, SH&E

Director since: 2008

Term of office expires: 2017

Mr. Prevost joined Cabot in January 2008 as President and Chief Executive Officer, a position he held until March 2016. Prior to joining Cabot, since October 2005, Mr. Prevost served as President, Performance Chemicals, of BASF AG, an international chemical company. Prior to that, he was responsible for BASF Corporation’s Chemicals and Plastics business in North America. Before joining BASF in 2003, he held senior management positions at BP and Amoco. Mr. Prevost is a member of the Board of Directors of General Cable Corporation, a global leader in copper, aluminum and fiber optic wire and cable products. Mr. Prevost is also a member of the Board of Directors of the American Chemistry Council, a trade association representing the business of chemistry at the global, national and state levels.


Sue H. Rataj

Sue Rataj

Committee memberships: Compensation (Chair), Executive, Governance and Nominating

Director since: 2011

Term of office expires: 2019

Ms. Rataj was Chief Executive, Petrochemicals for BP, a global energy company, from April 2008 until her retirement in April 2011, with global responsibility for BP’s petrochemicals operations. Prior to that, Ms. Rataj held a variety of senior management positions with BP, most recently serving as Group Vice President, Refining and Marketing from July 2007 until April 2008. Ms. Rataj is also a member of the Supervisory Board of Bayer AG, a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, nutrition and high-tech materials.


Lydia W. Thomas

Lydia Thomas

Committee memberships: Audit, SH&E (Chair)

Director since: 1994

Term of office expires: 2018

Dr. Thomas has served as a Trustee of Noblis, a nonprofit science, technology and strategy organization, since October 2008 and previously served as President and Chief Executive Officer from 1996 until her retirement in 2007 and as a consultant from October 2007 until October 2008. Prior to Noblis, Dr. Thomas held several executive positions, including Senior Vice President and General Manager, Vice President and Technical Director, at The MITRE Corporation, a not-for-profit organization that provides systems engineering, risk management, research and development, and information technology support to government agencies. Dr. Thomas is a member of the Senior Advisory Board of the Northern Virginia Technology Council, a membership association for the technology community in Northern Virginia; and a member of the Board of Directors of Mueller Water Products, Inc., a manufacturer and marketer of infrastructure and flow control products for use in water distribution networks and treatment facilities. She also serves as a member of the Homeland Security Advisory Council to the Secretary of Homeland Security, a Trustee of INOVA Health System, a Trustee of the Washington Mutual Investors Fund and as a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She previously served as Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of George Washington University.


Matthias Wolfgruber

Matthias Wolfgruber

Committee memberships: Compensation, SH&E

Director since: 2014

Term of office expires: 2019

Dr. Wolfgruber was Chief Executive Officer of Altana AG, a position he held from 2007 until his retirement in January 2016. He joined Altana in 2002, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Altana Chemie AG and a member of the management board of Altana AG. Prior to joining Altana, he held a number of management positions at Wacker-Chemie in the United States and Europe from 1985 through 2002.


Mark S. Wrighton

Mark Wrighton

Committee memberships: Compensation, SH&E

Director since: 1997

Term of office expires: 2018

Dr. Wrighton has served as Chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis since 1995. Prior to 1995, Dr. Wrighton was a faculty member at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for 23 years where he served as head of the chemistry department from 1987 to 1990, and as Provost from 1990 to 1995. Dr. Wrighton is a member of the Board of Directors of Brooks Automation, Inc., a worldwide provider of automation, vacuum and instrumentation solutions to the global semiconductor and related industries, and Corning, Inc., a specialty glass and ceramics company.