Hiram College

Randall Dearth, ’86 is proof positive that the lessons learned at Hiram lead to success. Dearth, Chief Executive Officer of Lanxess Corp., a Pittsburgh-based life sciences and high-performance materials manufacturer in Pittsburgh, was the subject of a recent cover story in “Smart Business- Pittsburgh Magazine.”

Dearth won praise from the magazine for the way he inspired loyalty and confidence in the 14,000 employees of Lanxess before and after he orchestrated the Pittsburgh firm’s transition from a division of the German chemical giant Bayer, to finding a new niche as an independent company in 2004.

“Smart Business”  credited Dearth’s belief that a CEO had to communicate with employees at every level and be visible and accountable for Lanxess’ success since the spinoff.