COVINGTON, KY—Ashland has named Martha Johnson as vice president, communications and corporate affairs. She will report to chairman and chief executive Jim O’Brien and succeeds J. Dan Lacy who will retire in the New Year after 28 years of service.
Johnson will lead a team that is responsible for all aspects of Ashland’s internal and external communications, community relations, corporate philanthropy and event coordination. She also will serve as a member of Ashland’s operating committee.
Johnson joined Ashland in 1987 as supervisor of employee publications. She was promoted through various communications positions of increasing responsibility and in 2002 was named vice president, divisional communications, and director, corporate communications.
Lacy has accepted the position of vice president, institutional affairs, with The College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. He had been serving as a volunteer member of the college’s business advisory board. He has been vice president of corporate communications at Ashland since 1986. He assumed his current post as vice president of corporate affairs in 1998.