Kodak Promotes Charles Brown to Chief Administrative Officer
Press release from the issuing company
ROCHESTER, N.Y.--April 22, 2004-- Eastman Kodak Company announced that Charles S. Brown Jr., currently the Director of Global Manufacturing & Logistics, has been promoted to Chief Administrative Officer, reporting to Chairman and Chief Executive Daniel A. Carp.
As Chief Administrative Officer, Brown, 54, will be responsible for such corporate functions as Health, Safety & Environment, Communications & Public Affairs, Human Resources, Corporate Security, Information Security and the Legal department. He also will oversee the company's international regions, which had been the responsibility of Henri D. Petit, who announced on April 13 his plans to retire effective June 1. Kodak's Global Diversity Office, which previously reported to the Chief Administrative Officer, now will report to Carp.
Brown, a Senior Vice President of the company, succeeds Michael P. Morley, who will retire on June 1 after 40 years of service with the company. Morley, 61, who began his career with Kodak in the Film Testing Division in 1964, is an Executive Vice President of the company.
"As our senior manufacturing executive, Charlie Brown brings to his new position years of experience managing the global implications of business decisions," Carp said. "He understands public affairs, legal issues, human resources, communications, marketing and the importance of balancing the interests of all of our constituents. He is the perfect choice for a position that Mike Morley so ably filled.
"On a personal note, I can only describe today's announcement as bittersweet," Carp said. "Mike has been a trusted colleague and adviser to me in these exciting and challenging times, and I will miss his wise counsel and our close working relationship. But he has decided that the time has come to enjoy a retirement that he has thoroughly earned, and on behalf of everyone at Kodak, I wish Mike and his family all the best in his new life."
In tandem with this change, Kodak also announced the following appointments:
Daniel T. Meek, 52, currently Director of the Kodak Operating System, will succeed Brown as Director, Global Manufacturing & Logistics, reporting to President and Chief Operating Officer Antonio M. Perez. Meek also was elected a Senior Vice President of the company by the board of directors, effective today;
Charles C. Barrentine, 57, currently Manager of Kodak Rochester Operations and a corporate vice president, will succeed Meek as Director, KOS, reporting to Perez;
Mary Burkhardt, 61, currently General Manager, Global Sites, and a corporate vice president, will succeed Barrentine and will report to Meek. A successor to Burkhardt will be named at a later date.
"Charlie Brown's many accomplishments at Kodak include building a team of exceptional managers who are now prepared to follow in his footsteps," said Antonio Perez. "Dan Meek has worked closely with Charlie in the successful implementation of KOS throughout the company, and his experience and manufacturing knowledge position him to take on the increased responsibilities of running Global Manufacturing & Logistics."
"Dan will be assisted by a strong leadership team that includes those listed above as well as Ted McNeff, Paul Walrath, David Wilson and so many others in our manufacturing and logistics operations who contribute daily to the company's growth strategy," Perez said. "I am confident that this team will build on the customer service and productivity gains that Charlie and Dan have implemented with such vigor and passion."
Brown began his Kodak career as a process engineer in Kodak's Synthetic Chemicals Division in 1973, and served in various technical and supervisory capacities until 1982. From 1982 through 1984, he was involved in several developmental assignments, leading to his movement into production management, where he held a series of positions with increasing responsibility.
Following a senior leadership role in the Company's Research and Development organization, Brown was named chief operating officer, Consumer Imaging, and vice president, Eastman Kodak Company, in 1995. He was then named the assistant director, Imaging Materials Manufacturing, in 1997.
Brown was named to his current position on February 1, 1999. In this position, he leads Kodak's global operations for film, photographic paper, chemical products and equipment. In April 2000, Kodak's board of directors elected Brown a senior vice president.
"I am honored to be given such important responsibilities at a key period in the company's evolution," Brown said. "I think my experience with the company allows me to understand the changes facing our traditional businesses and their link to our digitally oriented growth strategy."
A native of Waukegan, Illinois, Brown received BS and Masters of Engineering degrees in chemical engineering from Cornell University in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He earned an MBA from Rochester Institute of Technology in 1979 and an MS in management as a Fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sloan School of Management, in 1992.
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