Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer
Kissam was elected Chief Executive Officer of Albemarle Corporation, effective September 2011.
He was elected to the company’s Board of Directors effective November 2, 2011, and named Chairman of the Board in November 2016.
Kissam joined Albemarle in September 2003 as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary and served as Senior Vice President, Manufacturing and Law, and Corporate Secretary from January 2008 until his promotion to President in March 2010.
Prior to joining Albemarle, Kissam served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Merisant Company, a manufacturer of artificial sweetners, including Equal and Canderel. The company was formed from Monsanto Company’s tabletop sweetner business. Prior to Merisant, Kissam served as Associate General Counsel of Monsanto Company, a multinational agrochemical and agricultural biotechnology corporation.
Kissam graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The Citadel in 1986 and magna cum laude from the University Of South Carolina School Of Law in 1989.