Katherine Pryor Burgeson has elected to retire as executive VP, general counsel and secretary of Ingevity,
the company announced.
Burgeson opted to participate in the company’s previously announced early retirement program.
Burgeson will remain with the company through a transition period as mutually determined.
Ryan C. Fisher, Ingevity’s deputy general counsel, chief legal officer for Ingevity’s Performance Chemicals segment, and assistant secretary, is expected to be named interim general counsel and secretary upon Burgeson’s departure.
“Kathy has played an integral role in the spin and launch of Ingevity,” said Rick Kelson, chairman of the board, and interim president and CEO. “She has exhibited great leadership and commitment to establishing a strong culture of compliance at Ingevity. In addition, she has been critical in leading the defense of our Performance Materials’ intellectual property. Kathy leaves our legal function amply poised for future success, and we wish her the best in her retirement.”
Burgeson joined Ingevity in 2015 and helped facilitate the spin-off from WestRock. From 2000 to 2015, Burgeson served as deputy general counsel at MeadWestvaco Corporation (MWV), joining the law department of WestRock Company following the merger of MWV and RockTenn Company in July 2015. Before joining MWV, she was a partner in the corporate group of Cummings & Lockwood, LLC, for 10 years, representing public companies and private equity clients on transactional and securities matters.
Fisher joined Ingevity in 2016 prior to the spin-off as deputy general counsel, chief legal officer for Ingevity’s Performance Chemicals segment, and assistant secretary.