Effective August 1, 2008, Mark Costa has been named Senior Vice President, Polymers Business Group and Chief Marketing Officer for Eastman Chemical Company. Prior to being named to this position, Costa was Senior Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Marketing. Costa received a bachelor's degree in economics and pre-medicine from the University of California at Berkley, where he was elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Society. He received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Since joining Eastman in 2006, Costa has led the company’s corporate strategy and marketing efforts. He has been instrumental in developing Eastman’s new industrial gasification business as well as other significant business development efforts. Before coming to Eastman, Costa was a senior partner within Monitor Group's integrated North American and global client service networks. He joined Monitor in 1988 and his experience included corporate and business unit strategies, asset portfolio strategies, innovation and marketing, and channel strategies across a wide range of industries, including specialty and commodity chemicals, electricity, natural gas and truck/auto manufacturing. In particular, he led Monitor's practice in energy and chemicals.