2018 AGILE Award Keynote Address | AIChE

Mark Vergnano, President and CEO, The Chemours Company

The 2018 AIChE Spring Meeting and 14th GCPS AGILE Keynote Address will be presented by AGILE award recipient Mark Vergnano, President and CEO, The Chemours Company.

The Keynote address is entitled "Building a Winning Culture: Harnessing the Power of Values."

Abstract: When The Chemours Company began in 2015 as a spinoff of DuPont, it faced daunting challenges, financial and otherwise. Some analysts contended it was doomed to fail. Instead, barely two years later it became a Fortune 500 company and was recognized as Chemistry and Engineering News’ 2017 Company of the Year. Mark Vergnano will address the corporate values, including Safety Obsession, that have landed Chemours on the path to success.

Mark Vergnano was named the first CEO of The Chemours Company prior to its spinoff from DuPont in July 2015. He brought with him three decades of experience in the chemical industry as well as an enviable legacy of thoughtful and results-driven leadership. 

Under Mark’s leadership and with an ambitious five-point transformation plan as its blueprint, the company navigated financial uncertainties and addressed the challenges associated with building a new company from the old—challenges that included adopting policies more appropriate for a smaller company and creating a distinctive corporate culture, rooted in entrepreneurship. This transformation—this re-invention—complete, the CEO is now leading a company poised for future profitable growth.

Mark is widely known throughout Chemours as an accessible and collaborative leader. He’s sought to build a culture in which employees at all levels feel free to contribute ideas for improving the company and upholding its corporate values. Vergnano has a passion for safety, one of those values. As an expression of this commitment, he has served on the board of the U.S. National Safety Council (NSC) for seven years, and, in 2017, was welcomed as chair of the NSC Board of Directors.   

Vergnano began his career at DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in its fibers business.  He went on to serve the company in various leadership capacities and geographic locales over the next 35 years with distinction, culminating in his appointment as executive vice president in October 2009.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Vergnano received his Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and master's degree in business administration from Virginia Commonwealth University.  He is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame.   

Mark serves on the board of directors for the American Chemistry Council and on the executive committee of the Society of Chemical Industry. He also serves on the advisory board for the University of Connecticut School of Engineering and is a member of the board of directors of Johnson Controls International.





Continental Breakfast 7:00AM - 8:00AM Orlando World Center Marriott, Cypress Ballroom 3 
AGILE Keynote Address 8:00AM - 9:15AM Orlando World Center Marriott, Cypress Ballroom 3 


Factors in Selecting AGILE Honoree

1. Overall sustained excellent industry leadership in businesses that employ chemical engineers

2. Recognized for efforts in innovation and creating strategies that ensure success

3. Value of the keynote to the meeting attendees and the members of the Institute

Pres. & CEO Mark Vergnano of Chemours on Success through Corporate Culture