Eastman’s Cari Parker announces retirement; Mark Bogle named successor

Hank Hayes • Nov 7, 2019 at 5:30 PM

KINGSPORT — Eastman has announced Cari Parker, vice president and Tennessee Operations site leader, will retire in 2020. Mark Bogle, vice president and site leader of Eastman’s Texas Operations, will succeed Parker as the Tennessee Operations site leader, effective April 1, 2020.

The Tennessee Operations site is based in Kingsport.

“It’s with mixed emotions that we share Cari’s decision to retire after an exceptional nearly 35-year career with Eastman,” said Mark Cox, senior vice president and chief manufacturing officer. “We appreciate her insightful leadership and the incredible talents she has brought to our team during her time with us.”

Parker began her Eastman career in 1985 as a student and has worked in areas of increasing responsibility across the company, including Texas City and Longview, Texas along with Kingsport since starting full-time in 1987. She and her husband, also an Eastman retiree, will remain in the Tri-Cities area. Parker plans to continue her active role in the local community, volunteering her time with organizations such as Big Brothers Big Sisters where she has served for three decades.

Bogle will transition into the Tennessee Operations site leader role during coming months and will relocate with his wife from Longview, Texas to the Tri-Cities region prior to April.

A Tulsa, Oklahoma native, Bogle holds a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. He joined Eastman in 1981 as a process improvement engineer at the Longview, Texas site. He has worked in a variety of global operations and site management assignments with Eastman, in the Asia Pacific and North America regions.

“Mark’s no stranger to (Tennessee Operations). He’s a familiar face at our site and has led many teams and large projects here already,” said Cox. “He has a solid reputation for being an exceptional leader who exemplifies Eastman’s core values. Mark values people and community, and we’re excited to have him in this role.”

Andrew Coggins, currently director of Eastman’s Fibers operations at Eastman's Kingsport site, will succeed Bogle as vice president and Texas Operations site leader. Coggins and Bogle will transition over the next several months as Coggins relocates to Texas.

Eastman is a Kingsport-based global specialty materials company that produces a broad range of products found in items people use every day.