Koppers appoints Kevin Washington vice president of external affairs
PITTSBURGH – Koppers Inc., announced that Kevin Washington has joined the company as Vice President of External Affairs. In this role, Washington is responsible for managing relationships with federal, state and local government agencies, leading the company’s legislative and regulatory public policy strategy, and engaging with the local community and industry stakeholders. ‘industry. Additionally, he will oversee and advance corporate communications objectives, which include brand management, internal and external communications, and corporate giving.
Washington most recently served as head of government affairs at Illinois Tool Works Inc., a global manufacturer of industrial products and equipment. He joins Koppers with more than 20 years of experience developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies in close collaboration with federal, state and international policy makers and officials. Additionally, he has expertise in successfully managing complex critical initiatives leveraging proven communication, strategy and management skills.
“I am delighted to welcome Kevin to the Koppers management team. There are a number of projects currently underway at Koppers that will benefit from Kevin’s wealth of experience, and I am certain he will have an immediate positive impact,” said Chairman and CEO Leroy M. Ball. “The addition of Kevin enhances our credibility in the work we do every day as an interface with key municipal and government decision makers, as well as with our neighbors in the communities where we operate. I am confident that his expertise in government affairs and community relations will help Koppers move our strategic plan forward with even greater confidence as we navigate an increasingly complex business environment.
“I am honored and very excited to join Koppers at such a dynamic time for critical manufacturing,” Washington said. “The company’s commitment to people, planet and performance aligns well with the priorities of our communities and stakeholders – and will help position the organization for great future success. I am honored to be part of such a talented management team and to help drive the Koppers story forward.
Washington will be a member of the Koppers Leadership Council, reporting directly to President and CEO Leroy Ball. He will maintain offices in Washington, DC and Pittsburgh, while spending time traveling to Koppers sites.
Washington earned a Bachelor of Arts with concentrations in communication studies and political science from Southwest Texas State University.