SOURCE: Koppers Holdings Inc.

Koppers Holdings Inc.

May 06, 2009 10:46 ET

Dr. Sharon Feng and Stephen R. Tritch Elected to Koppers Board of Directors

PITTSBURGH, PA--(Marketwire - May 6, 2009) - The shareholders of Koppers Holdings Inc. (NYSE: KOP) have elected Dr. Sharon Feng and Stephen R. Tritch as directors of the company at the Koppers Annual Meeting of Shareholders. In addition, T. Michael Young was reelected as a Director of Koppers.

Dr. Feng is currently the Vice President, Industrial and Environmental Affairs/Logistics Management of LANXESS Corporation. Previously, Dr. Feng served as the Vice President of Business Development, Coatings and Adhesives, Asia Pacific Region for Bayer MaterialScience. In this role, Dr. Feng was responsible for the construction of the Polymer Research and Development Center in Shanghai and establishing the technical organization to support Bayer's business in the Asia Pacific region. Dr. Feng was also the Director of Polyurethane Research, North America for Bayer MaterialScience. Dr. Feng is the author of 30 technical publications and has been the invited speaker for numerous professional and technical conferences.

Mr. Tritch is currently the Chairman of Westinghouse Electric Company. He served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Westinghouse since 2002. Mr. Tritch held numerous managerial positions from the time he began his Westinghouse career in 1971 as a product engineer in the former Power Circuit Breaker Division. He is a member of the American Nuclear Society and was appointed by President George W. Bush to the President's Export Council in 2007. In addition Mr. Tritch is the Chairman of the Engineering Board of Visitors at the University of Pittsburgh and Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Senator John Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh. Mr. Tritch also serves on the Board of Trustees for the University of Pittsburgh, the Board of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), the Board of the United Way of Allegheny County, and the Board of the Allegheny County Conference on Community Development. Mr. Tritch is also a director of The Shaw Group Inc. (NYSE: SGR).

"We are very pleased to add Sharon and Steve to our Board. Their knowledge, global experience and extensive backgrounds will be a great complement to the current Board," said Walter W. Turner, President and CEO of Koppers.

About Koppers

Koppers, with corporate headquarters and a research center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is a global integrated producer of carbon compounds and treated wood products. Including its joint ventures, Koppers operates facilities in the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Australia and China. The stock of Koppers Holdings Inc. is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol "KOP." For more information, visit us on the Web: www.koppers.com. Questions concerning investor relations should be directed to Brian H. McCurrie at 412 227 2153 or Michael W. Snyder at 412 227 2131.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release may contain forward-looking statements based on management's current expectations, estimates and projections. All statements that address expectations or projections about the future, including statements about the company's strategy for growth, product development, market position, expected expenditures and financial results are forward-looking statements. Some of the forward-looking statements may be identified by words like "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "intends," "projects," "indicates," and similar expressions. These statements are not guarantees of future performance and involve a number of risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Many factors, including those discussed more fully elsewhere in this release and in documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Koppers, particularly its latest annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q, as well as others, could cause results to differ materially from those stated. These factors include, but are not limited to, changes in the laws, regulations, policies and economic conditions, including inflation, interest and foreign currency exchange rates, of countries in which the Company does business; competitive pressures; the loss of one or more key customer or supplier relationships; customer insolvencies; successful integration of structural changes, including restructuring plans, acquisitions, divestitures and alliances; cost and availability of raw materials; and other economic, business, competitive, regulatory and/or operational factors affecting the business of Koppers generally.

Contact Information

  • For Information:
    Brian H. McCurrie
    Vice President, Chief Financial Officer
    412 227 2153
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