Koppers names new vice president of external affairs

Kevin Washington is responsible for managing relationships with federal, state, and local government agencies.
Kevin Washington Koppers
Kevin Washington

Koppers Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koppers Holdings Inc. has appointed Kevin Washington as vice president of external affairs.

In his new role, Washington is responsible for managing relationships with federal, state, and local government agencies, leading the company’s legislative and regulatory public policy strategy, and engaging with local community and industry stakeholders. 

In addition, he will oversee and advance corporate communications objectives, which include brand management, internal and external communications, and corporate giving.  

Washington most recently served as head of government affairs at Illinois Tool Works Inc. He joins Koppers with more than 20 years of experience in developing and implementing coordinated advocacy strategies in close collaboration with federal, state, and international policymakers and officials. 

“I’m excited to welcome Kevin to the Koppers leadership team,” said President and CEO Leroy Ball. “There are a number of projects currently in motion at Koppers that will benefit from Kevin’s rich experience, and I’m certain that he will make an immediate positive impact. Adding Kevin deepens our credibility in the work we do every day interfacing with key civic and governmental decision-makers, as well as our neighbors in the communities where we operate.”

Washington will be a member of the Koppers Leadership Council, reporting directly to Ball. He will maintain offices in Washington, D.C. and Pittsburgh, while also spending time traveling to Koppers locations.  

“I am honored and very excited to join Koppers during such a dynamic time for critical manufacturing,” Washington said. “The company’s commitment to People, Planet, and Performance aligns well with the priorities of our communities and stakeholders – and will help position the organization for great future success. I am humbled to become part of such a talented leadership team and contribute to advancing the Koppers story.”  

Koppers, with corporate headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pa., is an integrated global provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals, and carbon compounds.