Chairman/CEO, Omnova Solutions
Chapter Board - Cleveland
Kevin McMullen is Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of OMNOVA Solutions Inc. (NYSE:OMN), a $1.2 billion global producer of emulsion polymers, specialty chemicals, and decorative and functional surfaces. OMNOVA Solutions was spun off from GenCorp in October 1999. Mr. McMullen was elected Chairman of OMNOVA in February 2001 after being appointed CEO in December 2000. Previously, Mr. McMullen was President and Chief Operating Officer since January 2000. He joined the Company in 1996 as President of GenCorp’s – then OMNOVA’s – Decorative & Building Products business.
Prior to joining GenCorp, Mr. McMullen had been with General Electric Corporation’s Lighting Division in Cleveland, Ohio. He was the General Manager of Business Development and Strategic Planning for the $3.5 billion business. Most recently, he served as General Manager of five businesses, which represented about half of the North American sales.
Mr. McMullen led the development of GE’s Lighting Division strategic and operating plans and was responsible for five product lines that are sold into the commercial, industrial and retail market segments. He was also directly involved in numerous international joint venture and acquisition initiatives for General Electric.
Previously, Mr. McMullen was with McKinsey & Company, serving for six years in Cleveland, and in various international assignments. He assisted clients in areas including corporate and business unit strategy and organizational development, technology management, new product development and sales force effectiveness. Prior to that, he was an analyst with Arthur Andersen & Company in Columbus, Ohio.
He received his bachelor’s degree in economics from Denison University in Granville, Ohio where he graduated with highest honors and went on to complete his MBA from the University of Chicago, with concentrations in marketing and finance. Mr. McMullen is a member of the Board of Directors of OMNOVA Solutions and Steris Corporation (NYSE:STE) and is a trustee of Akron Tomorrow; Ideastream, an innovative, multimedia public broadcasting organization serving Northeast Ohio; and Team NEO.