The Eastman Chemical Co. board of directors has elected Eric L. Butler as its new director, the company announced.
Butler assumes the role following time as executive vice president and CEO of Union Pacific Corp. He retired from the latter role in 2018.
“Eric brings to our board of directors deep operational discipline and extensive corporate management experience in the industrial sector,” says Mark Costa, board chair and CEO. “He is a strong thought leader who brings strategic thinking, well-honed analytical skills and a unique blend of operations and commercial perspectives to the boardroom. We welcome Eric to Eastman as a member of our board.”
Before Eastman, Butler spent 32 years at Union Pacific. While there, he led a variety of initiatives, including marketing and sales, purchasing and supply chain, financial planning and analysis, strategic planning, human resources, industrial engineering and transportation research.
Butler also served as the chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City – Omaha Branch and is a member of the board of directors of NiSource Inc.
He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a Master of Science degree in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University.