COLUMBIA, Md.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--W. R. Grace & Co. (NYSE: GRA) announced today that John “Jack” Kapples has been named Vice President and General Counsel of GCP Applied Technologies Inc., the public company to be formed by the planned spin-off in early 2016 of Grace’s Construction Products segment and its Darex Packaging Technologies business. He is also expected to be elected Secretary upon the closing of the spin-off.
Kapples will lead GCP’s law department and oversee all aspects of corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations. He will report to Gregory E. Poling, GCP’s designated President and Chief Executive Officer, and serve as a member of the new company’s leadership team. He will be located at GCP’s global headquarters in Cambridge, MA.
Kapples began his career with a full-service law firm in Boston before moving to several senior level corporate roles. Previously, he was Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Covidien plc (now Medtronic), an $11 billion medical device company. Prior to joining Covidien, Kapples was Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary of the Raytheon Company, a $20 billion global high-technology company focused on defense and other government markets.
“Jack brings extensive legal and public company governance experience to GCP,” said Poling. “Strong legal leadership can help create important growth opportunities. Jack has a proven record of managing these activities for large, complex, global businesses. We are very pleased he has joined GCP Applied Technologies.”
GCP Applied Technologies will have customers in more than 110 countries, operations on six continents, and a team of 2,500 employees. Through applied knowledge and service excellence, GCP Applied Technologies provides premier specialty construction chemicals and specialty building materials for many of the world’s most renowned structures, and packaging technologies for the best-known consumer brands.
Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts; engineered and packaging materials; and specialty construction chemicals and building materials. The company’s three industry-leading business segments—Grace Catalysts Technologies, Grace Materials Technologies, and Grace Construction Products—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that improve the products and processes of customer partners in over 155 countries around the world. Grace’s 2014 net sales were $3.2 billion. More information about Grace is available at grace.com.
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