J. Bryan Kitchen

J. Bryan Kitchen

Chief Executive Officer

Bryan Kitchen has nearly two decades of senior leadership experience in the chemicals industry, having held management roles for several global industry leaders. Most recently, he served as president, CEO and chairman of the board for Clearon Corp., a leading specialty chemicals manufacturer of essential sanitizers and disinfectants for household, industrial, institutional and water treatment applications. Prior to Clearon, Bryan served as the president of Xingfa USA, a division of Hubei Xingfa Chemicals Ltd, a global leader in specialty phosphates manufacturing. He also served as vice president of business operations at ANGUS Chemical Company, which was carved-out from The Dow Chemical Company (NYSE: DOW). Bryan previously spent over a decade in various management roles at Dow AgroSciences and later, Dow Chemical, one of the world’s largest chemical manufacturers. He is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt and holds a bachelor’s degree in business management and marketing from Anderson University.

Ryan Kavalauskas

Chief Financial Officer

Ryan Kavalauskas previously served as vice president of financial planning and analysis for Ascent Chemicals. Prior to Ascent, he was the CFO and Treasurer of Clearon Corp., serving alongside Bryan Kitchen, who was president, CEO and chairman at the time. Ryan also led the FP&A and treasury activities for Advancion Chemical Company, a carve-out from Dow that was also led by Bryan Kitchen during Ryan’s tenure.

John W. Johnson

President of Ascent Tubular

John W. “Wes” Johnson is a results-oriented executive bringing over 20 years of leadership experience across a variety of global industrial-focused companies. Most recently, he served as the senior vice president and global general manager of Corrpro, a subsidiary of Aegion Corporation that offers total corrosion solutions to the energy, Department of Defense, municipal, and marine markets. Prior to Corrpro, Wes held senior-level roles at several notable oil and gas companies, including Shawcor, Weatherford International (Nasdaq: WFRD), Energy Alloys, and National Oilwell Varco (NYSE: NOV). Wes has two Bachelor of Science degrees from Lamar University with the latter in Industrial Engineering and is an alumnus of The Wharton School’s Advanced Management Program. He currently serves on the advisory board for the state of Texas’ Midstream Science and Management Center. Wes is also a U.S. Army veteran.