Veronica M. (Ronee) Hagen
Retired President & Chief Executive Officer, Polymer Group, Inc.
Ronee Hagen is a 35 year executive veteran of global operational management and commercial business leadership. She retired from Polymer Group Inc. in 2013 after serving as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2007. PGI is the leading global producer and marketer of specialty materials with over $2.8 billion in revenues.In 2011, Polymer Group Inc. was sold to Blackstone and currently operates as a Blackstone portfolio company.
Prior to PGI, Hagen was the President and CEO of Sappi Fine Paper, a $1.4 billion dollar division of the South African based global leader, Sappi Limited. Prior to Sappi Fine Paper, Hagen was a Vice President of Alcoa and the Chief Customer Officer. Prior to that role, Hagen was the Business Unit President of Alcoa Engineered Products with full profit and loss accountability for twenty-one operating plants and multiple sales offices.
Prior to Alcoa, Hagen owned and operated Metal Sales Associates, a privately-owned business that sold ferrous and nonferrous metals, as well as metal processing and fabricating equipment. She sold her business in 1996 and joined Alumax as Executive Vice President. In 1998 she became part of Alcoa with Alcoa’s acquisition of Alumax.
Hagen has served on public company boards for over fifteen years. She is currently the Lead Director of the Southern Company and also sits on the Compensation committee and Operations and Nuclear committee. She also serves on the board of Newmont Mining and PGI.
Hagen is also a member of a number of organizations including the Committee of 200, Women Corporate Directors, and NACD. She is a past member of the boards of the Boston Ballet, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the Economic Clubs of Chicago and Charlotte.
Hagen graduated from the University of Southern California earning a degree in International Relations. She has also participated in Executive Education programs in finance from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an executive leadership program at Harvard University. She is married to Dr. David Hagen and has two grown sons.