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PUM One on One: Randall S. Dearth, President and Chief Executive Officer Calgon Carbon Corporation -- Talks Diversity and Creating a more Inclusive Corporate Climate. 

Randall S. Dearth
President and Chief Executive Officer
Randy Dearth joined Calgon Carbon Corporation in August 2012, accepting the role of President and CEO after having served on the Board of Directors since 2007. In May 2014, Randy began serving as Chairman of the Calgon Carbon Board of Directors.
 
Prior to joining Calgon Carbon, Randy served as the President and CEO of LANXESS Corporation for eight years. LANXESS is an international chemical manufacturer that was spun out of the Bayer Group. From 2002 until the carve-out of LANXESS, he was the President and CEO of Bayer Chemicals Corporation. Randy started his career with Bayer in 1988 and held various positions within the company including sales, marketing, product management and applications development. From 1993 through 1997 Randy worked at Bayer’s headquarters in Germany where he was responsible for market development in Europe and Asia for the Coatings Division.
 
Randy sits on the boards of the American Chemistry Council (ACC), the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, and the Stepan Company. Randy is a trustee with the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh and Hiram College. In 2018, Randy was asked to co-chair the Advanced Leadership Initiative (TALI), a Pittsburgh regional initiative that addresses corporate diversity at the highest levels. 
 
Randy has been recognized as an emerging top CEO with a Pittsburgh Business Times Diamond Award. He has also won a PRSA Renaissance Award as the CEO Communicator of the Year, and Junior Achievement’s 2011 Entrepreneur of the Year Award. In 2013 he was recognized with the Community College of Allegheny County’s Legends in Leadership Award for his work in the community. In 2015, Randy was named the Person of Vision by the Blind and Vision Rehabilitation Services of Pittsburgh. In February of 2018, Randy served as the King of the Mardi Gras Gala, benefiting the Epilepsy Foundation of Pittsburgh. 
 
Randy holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Hiram College, and a master’s degree in polymer science and engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

 

PUM: Mr. Dearth, you believe we do a lot of things right in Pittsburgh, our Hospitals, Universities, Self-Driving Cars, Manufacturing, Sports Teams…. but when it comes to DIVERSITY you feel we need to do better. Why is there such a huge gap when it comes to creating a better diverse corporate climate in this city?

Mr. Dearth: I can’t speak as to why there is a gap, but I can say that the challenge of creating diverse corporate climates has been prevalent for as long as I’ve been working; whether it be in Pittsburgh, Michigan, or Germany, there has always seemed to be a lack of diversity leadership.  

PUM: What do you feel will happen without diversity at a leadership level? Why is it so difficult for corporations to understand the importance of creating a diverse environment? 

Mr. Dearth: Without diversity at a leadership level, I feel innovation will stagnate. If you have colleagues from diverse ethnic backgrounds, generations, genders, races and religions you have more creative energy to harness. In business you are looking for consensus, but you don’t want opinions that always mirror each other and that’s what happens if everyone in the Boardroom has had the same life experience. Diverse perspectives lead to better decisions.

PUM: Pittsburgh-based Calgon Carbon Corp. was officially acquired by Kuraray Co. Ltd., a Japanese manufacturing conglomerate in March 2018. Kuraray acquired Calgon Carbon (NYSE: CCC) for $1.1 billion. Looking at diversity from a global perspective, based on that acquisition what are your thoughts about the importance the role of diversity plays globally? 

Mr. Dearth: The need for diverse leaders doesn’t end when you leave Allegheny County, or quite frankly, the U.S. If you are looking to do business globally, not just internationally, but globally - meaning, you have a desire to understand and succeed in all of the markets where you do business, you will realize that in every region you operate, you will benefit from leveraging diverse talent. 

(Pictured: Greg Spencer, President & CEO Randall Insustries; Evan Frazier, Founding Director of TALI & Sr. VP,  Community Affairs Highmark Health; Randall Dearth, President & CEO Calgon Carbon Corp., photo by Brian Cook) 

PUM: Tell us more about why you are serving as an Advisory Board Co-Chair and corporate partner for The Advanced Leadership Initiative. You are also interested in being the first in line for the talent pool coming out of TALI pipeline!     

Mr. Dearth: For starters, I’m thrilled to be a Board Co-Chair and corporate partner for TALI. When Evan was first discussing TALI, in the very infancy stages of the program, I knew it was something special, and I knew I wanted to be involved.  The most successful companies are the ones who value diversity and inclusion. I’m here because twenty four percent (24%) of this region’s population is African American and ONLY ONE TENTH OF ONE PERCENT have executive leadership roles. That’s a problem for me, and it should be a problem for anyone who wants progress. In business I want a diverse workforce with common goals, and I want to get out of their way and let them lead and innovate. 

The Advanced Leadership Initiative is a new regional Initiative to address corporate diversity at the highest levels by investing in African American executive talent. A key component of the Initiative is an eight-module executive education program offered at Carnegie Mellon University's Tepper School of Business to build the talent pipeline-To Learn More About The Advanced Leadership Initiative Click Here  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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