The Pilot Chemical Co. recently made two important changes to its board of directors, appointing veteran attorney John R. Brantley as a director and naming 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,” says Pilot Chairman Paul Morrisroe.

Brantley has come to know and respect Morrisroe, as well as Pilot’s board of directors and management, over the past 13 years, he says. “The Pilot organization is a unique blend of active, engaged ownership, and professional, innovative management,” he adds. “Serving as a board member will allow me to work with the Pilot team in a new and different way.”

Pilot chief executive officer, president, and board member Pam Butcher explains how Brantley’s professional background is a strategic fit for the company: “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.”

Pilot’s board will also have its first director emeritus in Bob Cellura, who has served on the Board since 2006. 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 says. “We are all very pleased to have that continuing relationship.”

These appointments continue what has been a time of transition at Pilot. The company named Mike Clark its chief operating officer just weeks ago.