The Chemours Company, a global chemistry company with leading market positions in Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials, announced that Ron Charles, Vice President of Talent and Culture and Human Resources Business Partner (HRBP) for Titanium Technologies, will be promoted to Senior Vice President, People, leading all aspects of the human resources function.
Mr. Charles takes on his new executive role with 24 years of human resources, manufacturing, and labor relations experience, including 18 plus years in the chemical industry. During his six-year tenure with Chemours, Mr. Charles has contributed to Chemours’ performance through various HR leadership assignments spanning the fluoroproducts, fluorochemicals, and titanium technologies businesses. He has also led the personnel aspects of several large-scale, transformative business initiatives, including the Southern Ionics Minerals acquisition and the divestiture of the methylamines business line. Leveraging his deep frontline workforce experience, Mr. Charles has made a meaningful impact on Chemours plant sites by automating the company-wide time and attendance system, which improved process efficiency and effectiveness. He also played a leadership role in forming the strategy and approach to negotiations and optimization of labor contracts at critical manufacturing locations. More recently, he expanded his responsibility to include leadership of the Culture and Talent organization, where he assembled a high-performance team, upgraded the talent acquisition process, and developed programs, policies, and tools for frontline and office employees.
Before Chemours, Mr. Charles held various leadership positions with Phillips 66, Albemarle Corporation, Frito Lay, and Texas Instruments. There, he gained deep experience serving as the HR leader of billion-dollar business units and their frontline workforce and leading the people aspects of complex mergers, divestitures, and organizational restructures.
Chemours President and CEO Mark Newman said, “Ron is a trusted advisor who brings a wealth of knowledge in strategically managing HR for an evolving company like Chemours. Plus, his deep manufacturing and labor relations experience will bring tremendous insight as we look to maximize the performance of our plant sites which represent 75% of our workforce. Ron’s unique perspective and ability to find simple solutions to complex HR challenges make him critical to our continued success and a welcome addition to the executive team.”
“With Ron’s announcement, we have achieved key changes to our executive leadership team and well positioned Chemours to focus on our five strategic priorities. I am confident this team will work together with courage, agility, and drive to realize our full potential in the company’s next chapter,” concluded Newman.