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

Expert ID: 725987 North Carolina, 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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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 - Greenville, South Carolina

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Education

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

Work History

Years Employer Title Department Responsibilities
Years: 1997 to Present Employer: Undisclosed Title: Managing Director Department: Responsibilities: Co-founder and principal strategist for a private consulting firm specializing in fine and specialty chemicals, additives for plastics and international business management.
Years: 2005 to 2007 Employer: Syrgis Performance Products, LLC Title: CEO Department: Responsibilities: 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.
Years: 2000 to 2003 Employer: Ozark Fluorine Specialties Title: Director of Business Development Department: Responsibilities: Responsible for the strategic development of the Fluorine Specialties business including strategic planning, marketing, product licensing, joint ventures, new business development and technology acquisition.
Years: 1981 to 2000 Employer: Elf Atochem Group Title: various including General Manager Department: Responsibilities: 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.

Government Experience

Years Agency Role Description
Years: 1975 to 1976 Agency: Environmental Protection Agency Role: Grants Officer Description:

International Experience

Years Country / Region Summary
Years: 1989 to 1992 Country / Region: Western Europe Summary: 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.
Years: 1993 to 1994 Country / Region: Tokyo, Japan Summary: 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.
Years: 1995 to 1996 Country / Region: Paris, France Summary: 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.
Years: 1966 to 1966 Country / Region: Moscow, USSR Summary: 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.

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

Additional Experience

Expert Witness Experience
Provided technical and marketing information for a federal anti-dumping action.
Provided market analysis included in an IPO filing on the London Stock Exchange
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

Language Skills

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

Fields of Expertise

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