KINGSPORT, TN— Betty DeVinney, senior vice president for human resources and communications and public affairs at Eastman Chemical Company is retiring in June and will be replaced by Norris Sneed, currently vice president of organization effectiveness in the company’s human resources, communications and public affairs organization.
DeVinney began her career with Eastman in 1973 in the sales and treasurer’s division. In 1983, she joined the human resources division where she worked in compensation and staffing. She was appointed manager of corporate relations in 1995, and was named vice president, communications and public affairs in 1998. She assumed her current position January 1, 2002.
“Betty has made valuable contributions to Eastman on many fronts,” said Brian Ferguson, chairman and CEO. “She has always been a strong advocate for employees. I personally have appreciated her unyielding good nature and her ability to help us work through tough issues with optimism and to constantly look for ways to meet our objectives. And, of course, she has been an outstanding representative for Eastman at the regional and national levels.”
Sneed joined Eastman in 1979 as a chemical engineer in the company’s Carolina operations. In 1997, he was transferred to the company’s headquarters in Kingsport, to serve as the assistant to the CEO. Following a year spent at the Sloan School of Management at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Sneed returned to Eastman, serving as managing director for the company’s Argentina operations. In 2001, he was named to his current position.