Curt Espeland, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Eastman Chemical Co., has been named the 2011 CFO of the Year by IHS Chemical Week.
This award was established in 2001 to recognize and honor the best in the chemical industry for financial leadership. It is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution through vision and leadership, corporate reporting and performance, social responsibility, innovation, and global competitiveness. The winner is selected by a survey of analysts in the chemical industry and Chemical Week editors.
Espeland graduated with distinction from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree of business administration in accounting in 1986, and in 2002, he received an MBA with honors from the University of Chicago’s Graduate School of Business. He completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School in 2008. Since joining Eastman in 1996, Espeland has held multiple corporate and business finance positions and was appointed to his current position in 2008.