Mr. William Foreman is the Director of Corporate Communications and Government Affairs at Orion Engineered Carbons, a specialty chemicals company with operations in nine countries. He oversees brand strategy, media relations, internal communications, social media, crisis communication and issues management at Orion, which has its headquarters in Luxembourg and principle executive offices in Houston.
Before beginning his career in corporate communications, Mr. Foreman worked as a journalist for The Associated Press for 15 years. He began his AP career as a newsman in Kansas City before becoming an editor on the International Desk in New York. A Mandarin speaker, Mr. Foreman was eventually posted to Greater China, where for a decade he served as a bureau chief in Taiwan, Hong Kong and mainland China. In Guangzhou, he opened a news bureau and was the only Western journalist based in the southern city, also known as Canton. Frequently, Mr. Foreman was sent on special assignments to cover a variety of stories, including terrorism in Pakistan, the tsunami disaster in Indonesia, nuclear tests in North Korea, the second intifada in Israel and the mining boom in western Australia.
Mr. Foreman earned bachelor’s degrees in philosophy and English at the University of Kansas. He was awarded a Knight-Wallace Fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he studied Korean and crisis management. He is married to Young Hae Foreman and has two daughters: Hanna, a researcher focused on Korean and Indian affairs at the Brookings Institution, and Abigail, a student at the Rhode Island School of Design.