Leadership Team

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Gregory E. Poling

President and Chief Executive Officer

Greg Poling is the President and Chief Executive Officer of GCP Applied Technologies. Prior to assuming leadership of the company, Mr. Poling served as President and Chief Operating Officer of W. R. Grace & Co., the company from which GCP separated in 2016.​ At Grace, which he joined in 1977, Mr. Poling held positions in sales, ma​rketing, business development and general management across all of Grace's business segments, culminating in his role as COO, which he held from 2011-2016.

Mr. Poling holds a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Denison University. He has completed the MIT Sloan School of Management Executive Program as well as the Babson College Entrepreneurial Management Program.

Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Foamex Innovations, a privately-held producer of foam products for the healthcare, electronics, industrial, and transportation industries. He currently serves as a member of the GCP Board of Directors.

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Karen Ethier

Vice President, Environment, Health, Safety and Quality

Karen Ethier is responsible for GCP Applied Technologies worldwide environment, health and safety activities.  This includes all aspects of product stewardship and quality systems.  She is responsible for the health and safety of GCP’s 2800+ employees in 40 countries, as well as ensuring the safe and compliant operation of 65 manufacturing plants and technical sites around the world.

Prior to GCP, Karen was Vice President of Environment, Health, and Safety for W.R. Grace & Co. She was with Grace for 12 years in several positions of increasing responsibility.

Prior to joining Grace, Karen spent 17 years in consulting roles with PricewaterhouseCoopers and TRC Environmental Corporation, providing management consulting services to improve their clients’ environment, health, and safety management systems, as well as providing technical expertise in air, soil, and groundwater testing and remediation. She has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Operations Technology from Northeastern University.

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Dean Freeman

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Dean Freeman leads GCP's global finance and information technology functions, serving as an integral member of the company's leadership team.

Dean joined GCP in September 2015 to help lead the transition and separation of the company prior to its public launch in January 2016.  He has strong experience leading financial operations for public companies and a solid track record of creating value for shareholders while providing world class service for customers of global businesses.

He previously was Interim President and Chief Executive Officer for Watts Water Technologies (NYSE: WTS), a global company serving the commercial and residential building industries, after serving as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. He also held senior finance and treasury roles with Flowserve Corporation and Stanley Works Corporation, where he led its European financial organisation. Prior experience included financial executive and management positions with United Technologies Corporation and SPX Corporation.

A U.S. Army veteran, Dean earned a Bachelor's Degree in Finance from the University of Connecticut, a Master's Degree in Business Administration from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and completed the Executive Management Programme at the University of Virginia.

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John “Jack​” Kapples

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

John “Jack” Kapples leads the law department and oversees all aspects of corporate governance, compliance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations for GCP Applied Technologies Inc.  Jack’s strong legal leadership helps create important growth opportunities. He has a proven record of managing large, complex, global businesses.

Jack contributes extensive legal and public company governance experience to the leadership team of GCP Applied Technologies. He began his career with a full-service law firm in Boston before moving to several senior level corporate roles. Previously, he was Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Covidien plc (now Medtronic), an $11 billion medical device company. Also, he served as Vice President, Assistant General Counsel and Secretary of the Raytheon Company, a $20 billion global high-technology company focused on defence and other government markets.

Jack earned a Bachelor of Arts from Georgetown University, and his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C.  He is a member of the Massachusetts Bar.


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Kevin Holland

Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer

Kevin Holland leads GCP’s global human resources organisation, overseeing all aspects of corporate and international HR functions for approximately 3,000 employees operating across six continents. He is responsible for developing our people, hiring new talent, and creating leading-edge management programmes to grow the company, as well as building GCP’s high-performance, innovative culture.

Prior to joining GCP in 2017, Kevin spent over 20 years in human resources leadership positions within large global organisations. Most recently, he held the role of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resource Officer for BrightStar Corporation, a $12 billion mobile technology services company. Formerly, he held positions as Chief People Officer at Chiquita Brands International and the Coors Brewing Company, as well as senior human resource roles at FedEx Kinko’s, Gateway and Abbott Laboratories.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Rhode Island. A U.S. Army veteran, he served for 5 years in the United States and Germany, achieving the rank of Captain.

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Naren B. Srinivasan

Vice President, Strategy and Corporate Development

Naren Srinivasan leads GCP's global strategy and corporate development activities as well as communications and custom applications functions in Cambridge, MA.

Naren comes to GCP from The Hertz Corporation (NYSE: HTZ), where he was Senior Vice President, Global Strategy & Corporate Development.  He also held senior strategy and corporate development roles at Meadwestvaco Corporation.  His previous private equity experience includes UBS Investment Bank; Five Arrows Capital; Evercore Partners; and Dillon, Read & Co.

Naren received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Finance from the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School of Business and School of Arts & Sciences. He earned his MBA from the Columbia Business School in New York.