After 25 years, Eastman Chemical’s top lawyer announces retirement

Hank Hayes • Updated Jul 30, 2019 at 9:43 AM

KINGSPORT — Eastman's top lawyer has decided to retire after 25 years of service, the company announced on Monday.

Eastman said David A. Golden, senior vice president, chief legal and sustainability officer and corporate secretary, has elected to pursue other opportunities.

Clark L. Jordan, currently Eastman’s vice president, global trade and compliance and assistant general counsel, will become interim chief legal officer and corporate secretary effective Aug. 1.

“It has been my privilege to work with such talented and committed individuals over these past 25 years. I am excited about this new chapter but am deeply grateful for my incredible career at Eastman and most importantly, the lasting relationships I have made,” Golden said in a prepared release. “I have great confidence in the company’s future and in handing over the reins to someone as experienced as Clark.”

Said Eastman Board Chair and CEO Mark Costa: “On behalf of the executive team, I want to thank David for his significant contributions to Eastman. During his phenomenal career, David has been instrumental in strengthening the capabilities of his organization while driving a passion for sustainability throughout the company. We are grateful for his service and wish him much success in all of his future endeavors.”

Jordan has served in his current position since 2015 and brings extensive experience in legal, product stewardship, regulatory affairs, trade and compliance to Eastman’s executive team. Jordan was an Eastman in-house attorney from 1995 to 1997, in private practice from 1997 to 2007, and served as deputy general counsel and compliance officer, North America of Clariant Corp. from 2007 until 2011 when he rejoined Eastman.

Eastman, based in Kingsport, is a global advanced materials and specialty additives company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.

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