PolyOne Names Kenneth Smith to Head Human Resources
March 3, 2003
CLEVELAND, Mar 3, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The PolyOne
Corporation (NYSE: POL), a leading global polymer services company, has named
Kenneth M. Smith, chief human resource officer. Smith, currently an officer of
the Company, will retain his position as chief information officer.
In his new expanded role, Smith, will be responsible for developing a human
resource strategy clearly linked to PolyOne's global business strategy. Smith is
based with PolyOne's senior management in Avon Lake, Ohio, and reports to Thomas
A. Waltermire, chairman and chief executive officer.
As vice president and chief information officer, Smith has been integral to the
development and implementation of PolyOne's information technology and
e-commerce strategy. This strategy has resulted in the multimillion-dollar
global integration of PolyOne's business information systems.
Previously, Smith served as vice president of information systems at The Geon
Company, a predecessor to PolyOne. He joined Geon in 1989 as manager of
technical support and assumed expanded responsibilities in 1997 as chief
information officer. In that position, he directed a 60-member cross- functional
team that implemented all modules of the SAP software system throughout Geon. He
also led efforts to leverage Geon's information technology competencies in
support of the Company's merger and acquisition strategy. Another focus was the
execution of Geon's e-commerce strategy.
Prior to joining Geon, Smith worked as a technical consultant for AT&T, as
manager of communications technology at Babcock & Wilcox Company and as senior
software consultant for Digital Equipment Corporation.
Smith currently chairs the Chemical Information Technology Association, an
organization for chief information officers of large chemical companies. He
earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Akron in 1976 and a master's
degree in business administration from Kent State University in 1988. Smith, his
wife, Jill, and their three children live in Hudson, Ohio.
PolyOne Corporation (NYSE: POL), with 2002 revenues of $2.5 billion, is an
international polymer services company with operations in thermoplastic
compounds, specialty resins, specialty polymer formulations, engineered films,
color and additive systems, elastomer compounding and thermoplastic resin
distribution. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, PolyOne has employees at
manufacturing sites in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia, and joint
ventures in North America, South America, and Australia. Information on the
Company's products and services can be found at www.polyone.com .
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