PERSONNEL MOVES AND PROMOTIONS: Ashland elects O'Brien to CEO spot

James J. O'BrienClick here to enlarge imageJames J. O'Brien, currently serving as president and chief operating officer of Ashland Inc., has been elected to serve as CEO of the Covington, Ky.-based firm effective Oct. 1. As previously reported, O'Brien will become chairman of the company effective Nov. 15, when the company's current chairman, Paul W. Chellgren, retires (OGJ Online, Aug.13, 2002).O'Brien joined Ashland in 1976. During that time, he served in the company's chemical and petroleum marketing operations. During 1992-94, O'Brien served as executive assistant to former Ashland Chairman John R. Hall. In 1994, O'Brien was named vice-president and gener...

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