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Product Development Manager

Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
January 19, 2018

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BS Chemistry, MBA Business & Technology Management and MS Material Science and Engineering leading innovation and technology development – ‘Concept to Commercialization’ expert. More than twenty years’ experience in developing strategic new product formulation, processing, extending life time reliability, validation and commercialization directing Quality, Tech Service, Business Development and Manufacturing scale up operations. Developed and managed evolving technologies, its marketing and resources in NA, EU, Australia and AP creating the new and different in product development, and commercialization for diverse range of products and applications for emerging markets. Efficient in motivating multiple resources to get things done, foresees and plans around obstacles, has broad interest and knowledge managing global portfolio. Effectively handles financials and stakeholder relations while performing full lifecycle management of complex technology and product development projects. Overcomes technical challenges and provides innovative solutions creating opportunities for business growth. Holds eight patents and has successfully contributed hands-on from inception to commercialization and market launch of 37 products. Expertise spans:

Polymers and Coatings Carbon and Graphite Glass and Ceramics Composites Product Positioning Stage Gate Process NBD NPD Regulatory Compliance Supply Chain Logistics Risk Management Strategic Planning & Execution TQM P&L Marketing Six Sigma Value Mapping Training/Mentoring Team Facilitation EH&S

Value Offered Visionary Leadership and Business Principles

Known as a completely hands-on, can-do dynamic innovative leader, energizes multiple teams in product and technology development, marketing and commercialization, driving toward strategic futuristic goals

Ability to operate with confidence, conviction, and command skills to effectively engage with challenge, and work with senior leaders and work teams to influence strategically at all levels

Integrating cross-functional initiatives between R&D, Manufacturing, Quality, Marketing, BU’s and customers to build a strategy in product development, capturing new market, satisfied customers and business growth

Built and maintain a comprehensive network of customers, professional talents, industry/academic institutions for external collaboration and technology hybridization by active representation at industry Seminars & Trade Shows.

Market and Industry Served

Automotive, Aerospace, Aluminum, Steel, Renewable Energy (Wind and Solar), Energy Storage (L-Ion), Electronics, Plastics/Polymer, Composites, Telecom, Lighting, Railroad, Utility, Military-Defense, Biomedical Device, Recreational Sports, Construction, Appliance, Oil and Gas, Petrochemical, Fine Chemical, Food and more


rofessional History

2015 to Present: Westinghouse Plasma Corp., PA – A $32B international Material Processing and Energy Company

Chief Scientist, Innovation and Product Development - Global Technical Operations – Reports to CEO and Chairman

Provide visionary leadership and administration in leading R&D of innovative material recycling technology of various e-waste glass and ceramics; its commercialization operation and new products/application development generating sustainable material technology model. Successfully manage multiple strategic global projects in concept to prototype, simulation studies, engineering design drawing and pilot scale manufacturing operations all geared to a high-volume production in various geographic locations.

Driving scientific discovery for strategic impact while addressing the rapidly changing demands of our current and future global customers. Responsible for creating and developing strategic technology platforms that create a plurality of new commercial products and processes which deliver transformational customer value.

Leading the vision and R&D of innovative advanced glass material development, its processing, recycling to reuse, new application development and commercialization strategy.

Create, plan and direct technology platforms, projects and personnel in the discovery and delivery of products and processes that create new growth opportunities, generally beyond today’s core business. Manage the New Domains R&D project portfolio for depth of impact and speed. Plan budget and talent requirements to deliver these new domains. Work collaboratively to design new products, modify existing design, improve production techniques and cost reductions

Promote sustainable material technology development globally reducing dependency on raw material and energy saving

2012 to 2015: Koppers Inc., Pittsburgh, PA- A $2B global coal tar, fine Chemicals and specialty carbon and graphite Materials Company

Senior Director of Global Technical Operations – Innovation and Product Development – Reported to SVP, DL CEO

Developed and managed global technology organization with capability and capacity supporting technical marketing and business growth strategies in NA, EU, Australia and AP. Led cross functional global engineering, R&D, Quality, Customer tech service, Analytical labs and specialty products research and testing team to innovate and develop new product, new application & process creating a road map that leads to competitive advantage and business growth. Responsible to deliver new product introduction, commercial launch, plant quality, identify alternate raw material, customer technical service, EH&S, ISO, EPA compliance, monitor and compliance on waste water discharge, technical marketing and budget including overall technical

people & resource management and global technical operations. Rapid response to customer complaints with appropriate follow-up to rectify the concern. Remained abreast of the technical advancements, market trends and IP.

Renamed and developed Global Technology Center of Excellence in NA with project management to support technology development for all 4 global regions, increasing visibility and branding of Koppers technical strength in the market place.

Prioritized commercial development portfolio based on the short and long term market demand and forecast.

Managed entire operation of Phthalate Anhydride plasticizer production operation widely used in plastics

Initiated a customer intimacy program, ‘VOC’ Voice of Customer, meeting with key leadership and peers at current and prospective customers building relationship and establishing an understanding of customer/market performance needs to develop differentiated product and value strategy.

Developed and commercialized water soluble polymer blend for wood treatment and spray coated acrylic adhesives to grow MOF in porous graphite for RT storage of H2.

Envisioned, developed, and deployed an GQM structure and customer feedback system that provided real-time insight into customer satisfaction, quality and CAPA leading to a 75% reduction in quality issues

Collaborated with regional product managers to review/plan mid to long term global business growth aligning with product management and operations to maximize sales and profitability.

Routinely collaborate with global BU’s to determine and prioritize opportunities and review commercial projects

2010 to 2012: Graftech Int’l Holding Inc., Parma, OH - a $1B producer of natural and synthetic carbon and graphite products

Manager, New Product and Application Development - Engineered Material - Reported to VP R&D

Led application engineering, CTS and R&D team to formulate innovative new applications and products, built customer intimacy and growth based on the company’s strategic portfolio. Responsible to deliver successful NPD projects achieving business growth. Provide direction, advice and guide toward the technical solution and ensuring quality, EH&S, MSDS and regulatory compliance. Managed NBD pipeline, commercialization, R&D budget and IP portfolio. 3 IP awarded.

Re-engineered carbon products, production, and packaging utilizing acrylic, epoxy, polyurethane, and silicone coatings & PSA, creating new revenue channel over $1.5MM annually, driven by sales to Apple, LG, Samsung and other Asian OEM

Actively participated trade shows/industry events globally showcasing competitive advantage of the company’s products.

Developed new business/customers/applications to ensure long term sustainability of the chemical business.

Revolutionized an acrylic coating process increasing 900% production output, >97% yield, 900% profit increase

2009 to 2010: United Solar Ovonic, Auburn Hills, MI - The world’s largest producer of flexible Solar Panels

Innovation Manager, Thin Film Photovoltaic Technology Development & Commercialization – Reported to VP R&D

Drove a critical role managing product development, packaging, reliability, and commercialization of solar cell modules for the world’s largest producer of flexible solar panels, with authority over engineering, production, R&D and commercialization teams.

Led cross functional engineering, R&D and production teams formulating various cell packaging coatings, optical grade acrylic moisture vapor barrier coatings and adhesives/PSA, enhancing cell reliability certified by UL a 30-year warranty

Reduced production cycles by 30% through a series of continuous improvements, lowered commercialization costs.

Cross functional collaboration to develop value stream aping for sales and marketing initiative.

2006 to 2009: Dow Corning Corporation, Midland, MI - Global leader of Silicone Polymer & Silicon Semiconductor Technology

Project Leader Asia Pacific Operations – NPD, NAD Commercialization and Business Dev. - Reported to VP Global BU

Led all phases of product/materials development, encompassing concept, prototyping, testing, scale-up production, and commercial launch of various adhesives following stage gate process. Managed R&D laboratory operations, Budget and staff in the NA and Asia-Pacific region and remained primary interface with Sr. leadership and customers. Developed NPD pipeline in collaboration with marketing and Global Business Teams. Visited customers globally ensuring customer satisfaction, building loyalty and trust, capturing next business opportunities. 3 IP awarded.

Negotiated supply agreement for HCL used in production of silicon carbide and semiconductor BU

Formulated cured and high temperature thermoset products using various reactive silicone resin systems, resulting in many fast-formulated products serving power generation, paper, electronics, automotive and packaging industries.

Mentored team in China, Taiwan, and Korea on Lean Manufacturing principles and expedited commercialization strategy

Defined marketing plans, developed business strategies and determined developmental activities to grow business

2001 to 2006: Bergquist Company, Chanhassen, MN - A global supplier of Thermal Interface thermoset material

Sr. Scientist, R&D/ Product Development and Commercialization – Reported to Director R&D

Directed all formulation in NPD, NAD, and scale up, commercial coating operations for OEM and ODM products achieving a multiple new product lines worth $150 MM+ in sales. Managed NPD & Commercialized product portfolio, prioritized projects based on stage gate value, urgency, potential market size and $ value of the customer account. 2 IP awarded.

Expanded the company’s high volume coating and fabrication capabilities through negotiations with overseas contract manufacturing organizations, that reduced operational cost and increased margin by 30%

Positioned the company as an industry leader through the development of innovative material technologies (PS, PS-Acrylate, butadiene, NS, anhydride & others) that were incorporated into commercial products in the automotive, semiconductor, consumer electronics, touch screen, membrane switch and power generation industries.

1999 to 2001: 3M Pharmaceuticals, St. Paul, MN – One of 36 technology platforms innovating breakthrough in health care

Clinical Research Scientist – Pulmonary R&D/ Inhalation Drug, FDA Clinical Trial Leader – Reported to Manager Clinical Trial

Led NPD team charged with validating product designs in a Phase IV clinical study supporting Proventil HFA® and QVAR® drug products and actuator device for 3M novel, high quality, inhaled and transdermal drug delivery products commercialization

Architected clinical study protocol; coordinated the study, collected and reviewed test results, prepared final report for submission to the FDA, resulted approval for market launch.

1997 to 1999: 3M Adhesives, Aerospace Group, St. Paul, MN

R&D Formulation Scientist - Reported to Chief Scientist Adhesives Department

Collaborated with cross functional teams with hands on research and development of high performing structural acrylic, epoxy and acrylic emulsion based adhesive systems through polymer synthesis with low VOC and using these modified polymers to formulate structural adhesives, run various ASTM testing to validate adhesive strength on specific substrates as well as ran aging test for product reliability certification, introduced new products leading new market growth.

1996 to 1997: 3M Electronics Materials Research Lab, St. Paul, MN

R&D Formulation Chemist – Reported to Sr. Technical leader, end front Technology Incubator

Led a group of 4 tech aide in advanced and fast track new polymeric encapsulant, elastomers and adhesives formulation/ product development for Electronics industry market

Developed several Polymeric material technology solutions (polyol, epoxy, acrylic, polyester, Silicone, vinyl ester, PU, phenolics and UV systems) for semiconductor, polyimide multilayer flex circuit, lighting and -BGA packaging

Formulated hundreds of Silicone, Epoxy, Acrylic latex, Polyol, vinyl, polyester and its hybrid combination thereof formulations that are heat, moisture or UV curable, resulting in several elastomeric and products with multiple technical solutions to meet or exceed market requirements for electronic and lighting encapsulation and dielectric sealant application. Recognized one of the fastest formulator and well-coordinated multitasking lab personnel.

Education & Professional Affiliations

MS, Material Science and Engineering (Additive 3D Manuf. & Material Sustainability) – Case Western Reserve University

MBA, Business and Technology Management – University of Phoenix

BS, Chemistry (ACS Certified); Minors: Mathematics, Physics and Electronics – Winona State University

Focused on Composite Materials, Polymer Science, Polymer Processing, extensive Material Testing, Quality and Performance Analysis

Training: CRM, SPIN, Value Creation, Lab Safety, NPD, Stage Gate, Six Sigma, PSM, Leadership Excellence, and more

Member: American Carbon Society, American Chemical Society, Society of Plastic Engineers, IRI, ARPA-E, and more.



8 awarded, few in process, many remained as trade secret.

An addendum of Patents, Publications, Seminars, Professional Development, and Technical Skill is available upon request.

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