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 Expert  725987

Expert in International Business Management, Fine & Specialty Chemicals, Organometallics


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North Carolina (NC)
USA
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He is a senior executive with more than thirty years of international experience in the chemical and related industries. For eighteen years he held various management positions in fine and specialty chemicals and plastics for the Elf Aquitaine Group, including over three years as European General Manager of the bio/fine division of M&T Chemicals (later the CECA subsidiary of Elf Atochem) and two years as Director of Technology for Akishima Chemical (Elf Atochem Japan) in Tokyo. He served as CEO of Syrgis Performance Products, LLC, a privately held $50 million diversified group of specialty chemical companies.
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business management

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new product development management

For eighteen years he held various management positions in fine and specialty chemicals and plastics for the Elf Aquitaine Group.
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business operations

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marketing

He managed fine and specialty chemical businesses which supplied additives for the plastics industry.
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chemical intermediate

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fine chemical production

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fine organic synthesis

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organometallic compound

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trade show

He helped the owner of a small, privately held, fine and research chemical business to formulate a 5-year development plan and exit strategy.
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corporate strategic planning

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new product development

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strategic planning

He assisted a large multinational company, with a very favorable raw material position in fine inorganic chemicals, to quantify the market size and growth potential for supplying a new range of chemical intermediates for pharmaceutical synthesis, electronics and high performance materials.
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fine chemical

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fine chemical intermediate

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fine chemical marketing

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market research

He assisted a new high tech startup corporation to validate their estimates of market opportunity and potential prior to their filing for an IPO.
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market assessment

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market potential

He assisted an Asian chemical company who was seeking to expand their presence in the North American market by preparing and carrying out a marketing communications program designed to raise their visibility in their key target markets.
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marketing communications

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public relations


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Localities:
Expert may consult nationally and internationally, and is also local to the following cities: Charlotte, North Carolina;  Asheville, North Carolina;  Gastonia, North Carolina;  Knoxville, Tennessee;  Johnson City, Tennessee;  and Greenville, South Carolina.

Education:
Year   Degree   Subject   Institution   Honors
1970   Ph.D.   Organometallic Chemistry   MIT  
1966   BSc   Inorganic Chemistry   Case Institute of Technology   High Honors

Work History:
Years   Employer   Title   Responsibilities

1997 to

 

(Undisclosed)

 

Managing Director

 

Co-founder and principal strategist for a private consulting firm specializing in fine and specialty chemicals, additives for plastics and international business management.

2005 to 2007

 

Syrgis Performance Products, LLC

 

CEO

 

CEO of an integrated, specialty chemicals group with three site locations and annual sales of ~$50 million specializing in sanitizers, oil field chemicals and UV absorbers.

2000 to 2003

 

Ozark Fluorine Specialties

 

Director of Business Development

 

Responsible for the strategic development of the Fluorine Specialties business including strategic planning, marketing, product licensing, joint ventures, new business development and technology acquisition.

1981 to 2000

 

Elf Atochem Group

 

various including General Manager

 

Managed the worldwide inorganic fluorine specialties business including P&L responsibility, marketing, product licensing, joint ventures technology acquisition prior to and during the divestiture process. Other prior business management included agrichemicals, plastic additives, fine chemicals and industrial products.


Career Accomplishments:
Associations/Societies

He has served as a consultant to the U.S. State Department Council for International Exchange of Scholars and is a member of the American Chemical Society and both the Robert Boyle Society and the Bolton Society of the Chemical Heritage Foundation.

Licenses/Certifications

He holds Certificate #918 from the Association of Consulting Chemists and Chemical Engineers.

Professional Appointments

He served as a Grants Officer for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Awards/Recognition

Prior to his industrial career he was Professor of Chemistry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Minnesota, and Senior Fulbright Visiting Professor at Moscow State University (USSR).


Publications:
Publications and Patents Summary

He is the author of over forty papers and one book in the field of fine chemicals and plastics.

Selected Publications and Publishers  
 - Marcel-Dekker  
 - Ionic Liquids as Green Solvents: Progress and Prospects  

Government Experience:
Years   Agency   Role  
1975 to 1976   Environmental Protection Agency   Grants Officer  

Consulting Services:
Selected Consulting Examples:
  • He assisted a large multinational company, with a very favorable raw material position in fine inorganic chemicals, to quantify the market size and growth potential for supplying a new range of chemical intermediates for pharmaceutical synthesis, electronics and high performance materials.
  • He helped a private equity investment firm making an acquisition in specialty chemicals as part of their due diligence team to provide an analysis of the value of the technology being acquired, future market potentials, and possible synergy with their other investments.
  • He aided an Asian chemical company who was seeking to expand their presence in the North American market by preparing and carrying out a marketing communications program designed to raise their visibility in their key target markets.
  • For the senior management team of a large international European based chemical company, which had just made an acquisition in specialty chemicals in North America, he provided a tutorial on the background technology, business structure, and market impact of the acquired business.
  • A small high-tech startup with a patented new technology in surface modification was seeking potential applications for their capabilities. He surveyed several possibilities, helped them select the most promising, and connected them with innovative companies in that field who were willing to test their technology. For the same client he also carried out a cost analysis for scaling up production of their product and identified several potential partnering manufacturers.
Recent Client Requests:
  • Expert for consulting on Biocide and commercial business application.
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Expert Witness:
Expert Witness Experience Summary:
Provided technical and marketing information for a federal anti-dumping action. Provided market analysis included in an IPO filing on the London Stock Exchange
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International Experience:
Years   Country / Region   Summary
1989 to 1992   Western Europe   For the Bio and Fine Division (Industrial Specialties), CECA, S.A., Paris, France, he directed European operations with P&L responsibility for an annual turnover of 200 million FF (35 million USD), involving over 180 employees.
1993 to 1994   Tokyo, Japan   As Technical Director for Akishima Chemical Industries, Tokyo, Japan, with sales of 2.5 billion Yen (24 million USD), he was responsible for worldwide technology transfer of plastic additive products and their commercial development within Elf Atochem Japan.
1995 to 1996   Paris, France   As Business Manager for Elf Atochem Agri, S.A., Plaisir, France, with sales of 380 million FF (75 million USD), he was responsible for the development and international expansion of pre-harvest products.
1966 to 1966   Moscow, USSR   He was Senior Fulbright Professor at Moscow State University (USSR), lecturing in the Chemistry Department and conducting research in collaboration with director of the NMR Laboratory.

Language Skills:
Foreign Language   Description
French   He is fluent in French and has negotiated business contracts in excess of $1 million in French.
Russian   Conversational level

Additional Skills and Services:
Training/Seminars

America's Energy Needs-This talk describes the imbalance between consumption and production and offers suggestions for policy changes.

Opportunities for Ionic Liquid Commercialization- This presentation discusses the developing opportunity in terms of products, markets, regulations, and suppliers


 

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