September 27, 2023: Cabot’s non-executive chair Sue Rataj (above, left) is to step down effective October 1, ahead of her retirement next May, the battery materials company has announced.
Rataj has been a director of Cabot since 2011 and became non-executive chair in 2018. She is also chair of the governance and nominating and executive committees — posts she will continue to hold until her retirement.
Cabot president and CEO Sean Keohane, said: “We have benefited greatly from Sue’s substantial leadership and strategic planning experience, her business acumen, and her deep knowledge of the chemicals industry and industrial manufacturing operations. We will miss her insight and leadership, and we wish her the best in her retirement.”
Rataj will be succeeded by audit committee chair Michael Morrow and Frank Wilson will become audit committee chair. Wilson will also join the company’s governance and nominating committee.
Meanwhile, Michelle Williams (above, right) was elected to the board of Cabot effective September 13.
Williams, who also joins the board’s audit committee, was global group president of Altuglas International — a subsidiary of chemicals and materials group Arkema — until her retirement in 2021.
She is also a director of US technical equipment manufacturer the Brady Corporation, where she chairs the technology committee.