SUMMARY: +Over 40 years experience in R & D, product & process development, business development, sales & marketing, technical service, and introduction & commercialization of new products. +Consulting Experience since 1992. +Expertise in plastics, polymers, elastomers, composites, halogen & zero-halogen flame retardants, foams, compounding, packaging & specialty products. +Excellent interpersonal, leadership and team skills and written & oral communication. +Capable of handling versatile assignments. +Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering. +Active in professional organizations and numerous contacts in plastics, paper & chemical industries. +Published 13 papers in professional journals and presented over 75 papers at regional, national and international professional conferences. Also moderated and organized some conferences. +Listed in "Who's Who in Plastics” and “International Who’s Who of Entrepreneurs”. +Developed several new proprietary inventions, over 75 patents applied, 32 granted so far, resulting in commercializing numerous value-added products to meet specific customer needs and in new annual business of over $2.5 billion. +Developed products and marketed products for applications in packaging, automotive, appliance, defense, medical device, building materials, material handling, plastics compounding and other industries. + Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers.
EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND: +McIntire Entrepreneurial Executive Institute now "The Virginia Management Program" (University of Virginia's Darden School of Business) +Ph.D. in Chemistry / Polymer Science & Engineering (Inter-departmental Program), The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN. GPA 3.85/4.00. On Dean's list for 7 quarters. +Bachelor of Science in Chemistry (major) and Physics (minor) at The University of Bombay, Bombay, India. First Class with Honors. Ranking in top 1%. Won V. G. Sathaye Prize.
INDUSTRIAL WORK EXPERIENCE: 2011-2019, Vertellus, Global Commercial Development Director, Plastics, Parsippany, NJ. Responsible for global commercial development for sales and marketing of ZeMac®, Topanol® CA-SF, bio-based plasticizers and other Vertellus specialty products into the plastics industry with responsibility for product development and positioning, business development, product introduction, marketing, intellectual property, supervision of technical and application development projects, etc. for applications such as reactive additives for glass & mineral sizing, plasticizers for PVC and bio-polymers, chain extenders and branching agents for polyamides, polyurethanes and other engineering plastics, size regulators for microencapsulation, etc. Quadrupled sales of ZeMac by increasing customers globally and developing new applications.
2007 – 2008, Crane Plastics Siding LLC, Innovations Director, Columbus, OH. Directed all R&D, intellectual property, long term strategic planning, business development & stage gate process in the building materials industry with PVC, polyolefins, EPS, PU, concrete & stone products for exterior applications. 3 patent applications filed.
2002 – 2006, PolyOne Corp., Technology Leader, TPVs & Reactive Polymers, Avon Lake, OH. Led Product Development, Technical Service, Market Development and Plant Support for filled & reinforced polyolefins, moisture-crosslinkable silane-grafted polyolefins, TPEs, TPVs and halogen & zero halogen FR & non-FR wire & cable compounds. Developed many new reactive processed alloys, blends, and composite compounds for new application resulting in profitable new annual sales of $50 million. Doubled sales for 4 product lines to over $100 million annually and turned around profitability. Filed 8 patent applications for new value-added compounds, resulting in new annual sales of over $150 million.
2001 – 2002, FiberTech Polymers, Inc., Chief Technology Officer &Senior VP, Newport Beach, CA.Carried out product development, marketing, business development, and customer technical service for this startup plastics compounding business.Developed and marketed proprietary cellulose fiber polyolefin master batch additive for injection molding, profile & sheet extrusion and thermoforming.
1995 - 2001, International Paper, Tuxedo, NY & Loveland, OH. Project Manager. Initiated and developed applications for technology of cellulose & wood fiber-reinforced polymer / plastic composites for various applications. Demonstrated technical & commercial feasibility for two applications in housing & construction and several applications in packaging with a total profit value greater than $500 million /year. Manager, Applied Polymer Science. Led technical group to initiate, execute and commercialize projects that provide value related to the use of polymers and coatings in packaging and other markets. Provided technical expertise in the area of polymers, films and advanced packaging materials. Initiated several new projects in the areas of fillers, blends, composites, release, sealing & adhesion, co-extrusion, innovative designs for expanding existing products and entering new markets. Applied for 26 patents, commercialized $25 million in new products, mostly in packaging, housing & construction, non-wovens & release liner markets.
1986 - 1992, BP Chemicals, Hackettstown, NJ. Business & General Manager, POLYBOND Products (now part of Crompton Corp.-Uniroyal Chemicals). Developed & implemented strategic plan to grow specialty business 9 times in 6 years. Introduced 10 new products to increase market share in specialty polymers market niche from 17% to 70% in 1986-92. Personally handled international sales & marketing and global new business development. Supervised technical, commercial and other staff. Provided technical leadership and directed new product/process development, R&D, product introduction, strategic direction and planning, HSEQ, technical service, patents & licensing, capital improvements, QC/QA, worldwide marketing, sales and distribution and other functions for this small business unit. Products are produced by reactive grafting process and are used by compounders and end-users in automotive, appliance, carpeting, business machines, diaper, housing & construction, medical devices, business machines and packaging industries to significantly enhance performance of compounded alloys, blends and composites and as adhesives for polymers and metals. Developed new business by developing new applications and new markets. Handled purchasing negotiations and sales contracts with customers. Duties included P & L responsibility, budget preparation and monthly financial reporting for this specialty polymer product line. Technical & Development Manager, Automotive and Specialty Products Group. Instrumental in selling off the TPR® business along with 4 new inventions for a premium and reorganized staff after spin-off after improving quality and doubled plant production rate of thermoplastic elastomer product line dramatically in 6 months in 1988. Directed the R & D, product development, plant support and product marketing activities of a team to take thermoplastic elastomers & grafted products to commercialization. Developed many new TPO & TPE products (non-crosslinked & partially cured) to customer specifications for automotive, gasket, defense, diaper and halogen-free wire and cable applications by compounding. Provided technical service to customers.
1984 - 1986, Air Products and Chemicals, Allentown, PA, Senior Principal Applications Engineer & Project Leader, Developed a proprietary PVOH-based copolymer oxygen barrier for flexible & rigid food packaging market & demonstrated its technical & commercial feasibility. Purchased, installed & operated a multi-layer co-extrusion & thermoforming pilot plant unit.
1979 - 1984, Chemplex Co. (now part of Lyondell-Basell), Rolling Meadows, IL, Research Scientist. Conducted new product development, scale-up, technical service and application development in polyethylene and Plexar® (polyolefin-based specialty extrudable adhesive product line) as tie-layers in multi-layer co-extrusion blown & cast film and sheet. Developed many new high margin products for FDA compliant applications.
1968-1974, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre. Bombay, India, Scientific Officer. Conducted R&D on the use of Gamma, EB& other high energy radiation in modifying POM, polyesters, styrenics and other polymers and developing wood-polymer composites, bamboo-polymer composites, concrete-polymer composites, bagasse-flyash polymer composites.
MANAGEMENT TRAINING COURSES: + Effective Public Speaking, Written Communications & Problem Solving (all Arthur Anderson). + Leadership Workshop (TAPPI). + Improving Managerial Skills of the New or Prospective Manager (AMA). + Executive Introduction to Managing for Consistency (Tennessee Associates). + Towards Tomorrow's Senior Business Managers' Course, Effective Negotiating Skills and Strategies, Positive Power and Influence, Leadership Development, Negotiating To Yes, Consumer Focus Planning, Statistical Design of Experiments, Consumer-Focused New Product Development, Design for Six Sigma, Introduction to SAP, Miller-Heiman Strategic Selling, Targeted Selection: Interviewing, Salesforce, and Customer Centric Selling & Marketing (all Corporate).
PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES: Patent, Papers and Presentations: + Over 75 patent applications filed, 32 granted so far resulting in over $2.5 billion of new annual business. + Several technical and commercial papers published in Journal of Polymer Science, Journal of Radiation Curing, Journal of Applied Polymer Science, Polymer Letters, TAPPI Journal, Engineering Plastics, Plastics Engineering, Journal of Thermoplastic Composite Materials and others. + Presented over 75 technical and marketing papers and moderated sessions at many national and international conferences such as SPE ANTEC, SPI Adhesives Conference, SPI Composites Conference, TAPPI Polymer Laminations and Coatings Conference, COMPALLOY, RECYCLE, RAPRA, FUTUREPAK, IUPAC Specialty Polymer conference in Singapore, NPE Conference, International Polymers & Rubber Conference in Dusseldorf, Germany and Polymer Processing Society International Conference. + Organized COMPALLOY'93 Conference, 'Introduction to High Barrier Packaging' Training Course and many sessions at TAPPI PLC, SPE, Pack Alimentaire'93 and other professional conferences.
Professional Associations: + Member of the American Chemical Society (ACS), its Polymer Chemistry, Rubber & Polymer Materials Divisions. Attended & presented papers at several national & regional meetings. + Senior Member & Fellow of the Society of Plastics Engineers (SPE): Chairman, Polymer Materials Division of the SPE Chicago Section, 1979-81; on Board of Directors, Plastics Analysis Division of the SPE Chicago Section, 1981-84; on Board of Directors, national SPE Thermoplastic Elastomer Division, 1987-89; Moderated sessions at ANTEC'87, presented papers at several ANTECs and RETECs; Currently Councilor of Polymer Modifiers & Additives Division to National SPE. + Member of TAPPI; co-founder, Technical Program Chairman and Chairman of High Barrier Packaging Committee of TAPPI Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division, 1984-89. Attended annual conferences of the TAPPI PLC Division since 1980. Developed and moderated several sessions at PLC conferences. Organized & moderated a panel discussion at 1985 conference. Organized & lectured at 1st "Introduction to High Barrier Packaging" training course, 1990. Currently Division Scholarship Coordinator & Member of Division Council for PLACE Division. Winner of 1999 TAPPI Polymers, Laminations and Coatings Division Leadership & Service Award & the Andreas Ahlbrandt prize. Various Consutling Organizations: + Invited Member, Market Forum, Innotech, 1996 to 2004. + Invited Member, Voice-of-Market Expert Forum, Paragon Development, 2001 to 2015. + Invited Expert, Zintro, 2004 onwards. + Invited Member, Society of Industry Leaders, Vista Research - Standards & Poor's, 2005 to 2011. + Invited Member, Expert Member, Gerson Lehrman Group (GLG) Councils, 2006 onwards. + Invited Expert, DeMatteo Monness, 2007 onwards. + Invited Member, Coleman Research Group, Executive Forum Member, 2007 onwards. + Invited Expert, Guidepoint Global, 2007 to 2011. + Invited Expert, CECON, 2007 onwards. + Invited Expert, Reuters, 2008 onwards. + Invited Expert, Cognolink, 2008 to 2011. + Invited Expert, ORC Experts (formerly known as Intota), 2009 onwards. + Invited Expert, Maven, 2019 onwards. + Invited Expert, Atheneum Partners, 2019 onwards. + Invited Expert, Expert Connect Litigation Support, 2019 onwards. + Invited Expert, Thomson Reuters Expert Witness Services, Round Table Group, 2019 onwards. + Invited Expert, Primary Insight, LLC, 2019 onwards.
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