Joseph Priestley Society: Mark Vergnano

October 13, 2016
11:30 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
Chemical Heritage Foundation
315 Chestnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
United States

Join us as Mark Vergnano, CEO of Chemours, presents “Chemours: Leading a 200-Year-Old Start-Up.”

Vergnano will share his journey through the first five quarters at the helm of the enterprise—from the exhilaration of ringing the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange to driving the ongoing transformation into a more nimble, more entrepreneurial, higher-value chemical company.

Event Schedule

  • 11:30 a.m.
    Networking Reception
  • 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m.
    Keynote Address

The Joseph Priestley Society (JPS) lecture series explores topics in science, technology, and industry through professional networking receptions and lectures by industry leaders.

For more information about this event, please contact Sarah Reisert at 215.873.8263 or

About the Speaker

Mark Vergnano draws on over three decades of chemical industry experience as founding president and chief executive officer of the Chemours Company. 

He joined DuPont in 1980 as a process engineer in what the company then called its Fibers Department in Richmond, Virginia. What followed were a variety of manufacturing, technical, and business assignments in several cities around the world. He was named vice president and general manager for DuPont Nonwovens in 2003 and vice president and general manager for DuPont Surfaces and Building Innovations in 2005. The next year he was named group vice president of DuPont’s Safety and Protection division, and then in 2009 was appointed one of the company’s executive vice presidents.

Vergnano is a member of the University of Connecticut School of Engineering Academy of Distinguished Engineers and Hall of Fame; he is on the board of directors for the U.S. National Safety Council, the American Chemistry Council, and the Advisory Board for the University of Connecticut School of Engineering. He also is a member of the board of directors for Johnson Controls, Inc.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut, Vergnano received his BS in chemical engineering from the University of Connecticut and his MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University.