Stacey McKinney
Vice President, Technical Services
Koppers Inc.

“A culture of innovation defines successful manufacturing. We are fully supported in developing and refining our processes to deliver quality products safely and reliably. It is rewarding to have spent my entire career with teammates worldwide who contribute their unique gifts of creativity, inspiration and perspective as we innovate together.”

As Vice President, Technical Services, Stacey leads the global testing laboratory network at Koppers Inc., an integrated global provider of treated wood products, wood treatment chemicals and carbon compounds. She was part of a team that developed a new process to treat railroad ties for longer life and increased safety in just 18 months—a remarkably fast accomplishment in her industry. Stacey’s commitment to continuous improvement is evident through her ongoing research efforts, which include studying the lifecycle of railroad ties and ways to convert them into reusable carbon products and energy. In addition to her commitment to reducing carbon emissions, Stacey led an initiative that allowed Koppers to reduce wastewater permit exceedances by 98 percent over a five-year period. Stacey also lead the development of a quality management system that is successfully utilized at Koppers locations worldwide. 

As a member of the executive committee of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA), Stacey increased active female membership in the AWPA over a five-year period. Through strong, intelligent and energetic leadership, Stacey continually engages the next generation of female talent in meaningful ways. Among her team, she is highly respected for leading with optimism and a consistent focus on working in a safe, environmentally-responsible manner. 

Beyond leading Koppers' global research and development activities, Stacey is a tireless supporter of her community. She has volunteered for her parish's Faith Formation program, the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank and the American Heart Association, among other organizations. By introducing Koppers to the New Castle School District’s Cultivating and Nurturing Excellent Students (CANES) program, Stacey helped provide learning opportunities for hundreds of economically disadvantaged elementary students. She also connected students to science through the development of a new outdoor learning area and greenhouse. Stacey was recognized with the district’s Pride and Promise award for demonstrating the power of an intelligent, strong, confident woman to influence young lives.    

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