J. Brian Ferguson
2009 Honorary Alumni
Mr. J. Brian Ferguson was raised in Phoenix, Ariz., and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering. In 1977, Ferguson began his career with Eastman Chemical Company at its Longview, Texas, plant. In 1989, he transferred to the Kingsport, Tenn., corporate office where he served in business and strategic planning assignments. In 1996, Ferguson relocated to Hong Kong where he served as managing director for business development in Greater China, then moved to Singapore to take on responsibilities for all Eastman Chemical Company operations in the Asia Pacific region. Ferguson retired on May 7, 2009 as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Eastman and was touted for successfully leading the company to restored financial health.
Ferguson is involved in his community, as well. He is currently Chairman of the Executive Committee for the American Chemistry Council and will be Chairman of its Board in 2010. Ferguson is also a member of the ETSU Foundation and Board of Directors. Ferguson has served on a variety of boards during his career, including the Board of Directors of Florida Power and Light.
Ferguson has been married for 34 years to his wife, Teri, and they have two sons and two grandsons.