CINCINNATI – Pilot Chemical Co., Cincinnati, Ohio, made two important changes to its board of directors. The company elected veteran attorney John R. Brantley as a Director and named longtime Director Bob Cellura as its first Director Emeritus.

As a partner in the Houston office of international law firm Bracewell LLP, Brantley advises public and private companies on mergers and acquisitions, securities, and corporate governance. He has provided legal counsel to Pilot Chemical for more than 13 years.

 “John has developed an in-depth knowledge of the company’s heritage, the business objectives, and the strategy for continued growth and success,” said Paul Morrisroe, Pilot Chairman. “His contributions to the board will be highly valued.”

Brantley’s professional background is a strategic fit for Pilot, said Pam Butcher, CEO, President and board member. “In addition to his significant experience advising companies in the chemical, oil and gas, and banking industries, John will bring strength in corporate governance to the board,” said Butcher. “I look forward to his transition to the board and his contributions going forward.”

Pilot’s board of directors also will have its first Director Emeritus as Cellura, who has served on the board since 2006, takes on the role. Cellura joined the board upon his retirement from Pilot, where he served in executive roles for more than 20 years. Prior to joining Pilot, he held key roles with DuPont and Union Carbide.

“Bob will continue to be a resource to the board by providing valuable insights and comments based upon his long history with the chemical industry, Pilot and Pilot’s board of directors,” Morrisroe said. “We are all very pleased to have that continuing relationship.”