Jonathan S. LockVice President, Corporate Development and Investor Relations
Helping to chart Chemours’ growth trajectory, Jonathan is focused on enhancing the company’s strengths and working with its business leaders to develop long-term strategic objectives. Interacting with Chemours’ shareholders, Jonathan offers a transparent view into the company’s current and future growth plans.
Jonathan has shaped Chemours inorganic growth strategy intending to focus and enhance the competitive advantages of the company’s key businesses – Titanium Technologies, Thermal & Specialized Solutions, and Advanced Performance Materials. He also serves as Chemours’ voice on Wall Street and works on protecting the company against enterprise risks.
Q: How does your background help you chart a course for Chemours’ inorganic growth strategy?
A: I have spent the last several decades of my career helping companies plan and execute inorganic growth strategies across a wide variety of industries, most recently in the materials and industrial sectors. The one thing that successful acquirers have in common is a strong and stable core. You can’t build a house without a strong foundation – it’s the same thing for companies that are looking to grow through M&A. Investing in the foundation is something we’ve done such a great job of here at Chemours and I believe we have all the right ingredients in place to build out our portfolio. Chemours is one of the most exciting places I've worked and I’m eager to continue to unlock the full potential of our portfolio and people.
Q: What excites you about Chemours’ future?
A: The world is at a crossroads – customers need and demand more from their providers, technology continues to advance at a rapid pace, and globally government, industries, and communities are working to solve climate change. Chemours is uniquely positioned to power progress – whether that’s ensuring Titanium Dioxide gets to customers during some of the most logistically trying times brought on by the pandemic, making the next generation of technologies possible through our advanced materials, or delivering the low global warming potential refrigerants that will help meet climate goals. We have put ourselves in a position to really drive higher revenue, earnings and free cash flow growth.
That said, it all starts with our people, which is why I’m so optimistic about our ability to deliver. We have a group of talented, passionate employees who have demonstrated time and again that we can overcome any challenge.
Q: If you were to share one piece of advice what would it be?
A: Lead with compassion – you will be surprised at what your teams are capable of if you lead with compassion and treat them like family. The Chemours workplace is a community where I want people to bring their whole self to work and to not be shy about who they are. The more open and honest we can be with those we work with, the more I see an environment of comradery develop. That kind of open, honest, and caring community helps to maximize everyone’s success.
Q: What’s one thing people might be surprised to learn about you?
A: I was a coxswain during my freshman year at Northwestern. It was an amazing experience and I learned a lot about myself and the limits of human performance through that year.
Jonathan S. Lock joined Chemours in 2018 as Vice President of Corporate Development and Investor Relations. He is instrumental in helping to shape and drive Chemours’ trajectory and growth, considering both long-term strategic objectives and how to best manage enterprise risk. As Chemours’ voice on Wall Street, Jonathan gives investors a transparent view into the course charted for the company.
Jonathan also serves as the executive sponsor for Chemours’ Pride Employee Resource Group. The group is charged with promoting an inclusive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, and ally (LGBTQIA+) employees, as well as educating non LGBTQIA+ employees on important topics to ensure a safe and supportive workplace.
Before joining Chemours, Jonathan led corporate strategy and investor relations for SunCoke Energy and its Master Limited Partnership, SunCoke Energy Partners, where he helped the company expand and grow following its spin-out from Sunoco. Jonathan also led the industrials practice at Marakon Associates where he helped global Fortune 500 companies find growth opportunities and manage portfolio issues. He started his career at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture) as a member of the Technology R&D group.
Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering from Northwestern University where he was a Ford and Baxter Scholar, before earning his MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management and a Juris Doctor from the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law. He currently serves on the advisory board of Northwestern’s Department of Biomedical Engineering.
In his spare time, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his four children and snowboarding.