Chief Technology & Sustainability Officer
Steve Crawford is executive vice president and chief technology and sustainability officer for Eastman Chemical Company. In addition to serving as CTO, Steve provides executive leadership for Eastman Sustainability, Global Product Stewardship and Regulatory Affairs. He also has direct responsibility for the Asia Pacific and EMEA Technology organizations.
Steve is a native of Kingsport, Tennessee. He holds a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering from the University of Tennessee. He joined Eastman in 1987. He has held several leadership positions of increasing responsibility in both Manufacturing Operations and Technology. Prior to the CTO position, he held positions of vice- president of R&D for the Advanced Materials group and vice president of R&D for Eastman’s Additives and Functional Products Business group.
Steve is a member of the American Chemical Society and the Industrial Research Institute. He is on the Board of Directors of both Launch Tennessee (Tennessee Technology Development Corporation) and the Eastman Credit Union. He is also on the University of Tennessee’s Chemical and Bio-molecular Engineering Board of Advisors, as well as UT’s External Advisory Board for Research.