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Eastman Chemical Company Names Williams Senior Vice President.

KINGSPORT, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 8, 1996--Eastman Chemical Company has named Darryl K. Williams senior vice president, technology management, effective May 1.

In his new assignment, Williams will replace James W. Giggey, who will retire May 1.

Williams, 53, joined Eastman in 1965 as a chemical engineer and was transferred in 1974 to Carolina Eastman Division in Columbia, S.C., where he served as polyester manufacturing superintendent. He returned in 1986 to Kingsport, where his assignments included superintendent, Polymer Chemicals Division, and general manager, Polyester Plastics Packaging business.

Williams joined Eastman Kodak Company in 1990 as manager of strategic planning for consumer color film. He returned to Eastman Chemical Company in 1992 as president of Eastman Chemical Japan Ltd. in Tokyo, became vice president, Asia Pacific regional support services in 1993 and vice president, Asia Pacific Sales in 1994.

A native of Maryville, Tenn., Williams received a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from Vanderbilt University in 1964 and a master's degree in the same field from the University of Tennessee in 1965. Williams was a Sloan Fellow at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a master's degree in management in 1990. He and his wife, Karen, are the parents of two sons.

Giggey, a Boston native, received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Northeastern University. He joined Eastman in 1991 as senior vice president of worldwide business support after a 36-year career with DuPont Chemical Company. His experience with DuPont included positions as vice president of corporate plans and vice president of Latin American operations. Giggey was named a vice president of Eastman Kodak Company in 1992 and a senior vice president of Eastman Chemical Company in 1994.

Giggey has served as chairman of the Kingsport Joint Economic Development Commission and as a member of the executive team and board of directors of Tennessee Tomorrow.

Giggey said, "Our five-year excursion to Eastman and the South has been a wonderful journey and experience. Both Eastman and the Kingsport community possess a `caring' characteristic that has convinced my wife, Connie, and myself that we have been here all our lives."

CONTACT: Eastman Chemical Company, Kingsport

Tom Dickens, 423/229-3149
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