Leadership Team

Randall S. Dearth

President and Chief Executive Officer

Randy Dearth is President and Chief Executive Officer of GCP Applied Technologies. Mr. Dearth joined GCP in 2018, serving as President and Chief Operating Officer. In this role he was responsible for all commercial, manufacturing and supply chain operations, as well as the Company’s environment, health and safety program. He also serves as a member of the GCP Board of Directors.

From 2012 to 2018, Randy was President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Calgon Carbon Corporation, a NYSE-listed company that manufactures and markets products that remove contaminants from liquids and gases. Early in 2018, Calgon Carbon was acquired by Kuraray Co. Ltd. Randy also served for eight years as President and Chief Executive Officer of LANXESS Corporation (North America), a producer that develops and markets chemical intermediates, additives, specialty chemicals, and plastics. He was also President and Chief Executive Officer of Bayer Chemicals Corporation (North America) and held a number of global marketing roles with Bayer, both in the United States and Germany.

Randy holds a Master’s Degree in Polymer Science and Engineering from Case Western Reserve University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Hiram College.

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.

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.

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.

James Thompson

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

James Thompson leads GCP’s global legal team and oversees all aspects of legal strategy, corporate governance, compliance, commercial transactions, intellectual property, and government relations. Prior to joining GCP in April 2019, James was Avon Products’ Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics and Compliance Officer. 

Before joining Avon, he spent nine years at Chiquita Brands International, Inc. as Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary. Prior to that, he was Group Vice President and General Counsel to McLeodUSA. James also served as Director, International Legal to Alticor Inc., the parent company of Amway Corporation. He began his career as an attorney at Jones Day where he gained significant experience working on domestic and international antitrust and corporate law matters. 

James received his Juris Doctor from the University of Michigan Law School and a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan.