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2009Present

Deputy General Manager

IFOCA

IFOCA is an Institute dedicated to initial education and vocational training in plastics and rubbers.The DGM is in charge of business relationships and staff management. He ensures high-level contacts with universities and government ministries and agencies.He holds peculiar missions to expand the Institute exposure and to grow customers' and partners' portfolios.

20062008

Director of Development

Prosytec (acquired by Tremco-Illbrück)

Sales: 25M€, 65 employees including 7 people-R&D team (2 engineers, 5 technicians)

Sets policies for and Manage all R&D, Technical Support, and Business Development activities for Insulating Glass and Construction Divisions. Has for objectives to allow the company to adapt permanently its products, its processes and its services, and to create new ones to meet the needs of its customers and its markets. Organizes and proceeds to the active scientific and technical intelligence. Member of the Executive Committee, and reporting directly to the General Manager of the company,participates in the elaboration of the strategic orientations and of the Business Plan. 

20002005

Technical Manager, Engineered Elastomers

Rhodia Silicones Inc. (acquired by BlueStar Silicones), Engineered Elastomers Business Unit

Sales: $10 million, 45 employees

2003-2005 / R&D Manager, Engineered Elastomers

Manages the NA R&D team (8 people), including Technical Service and Manufacturing Support. Manages the projects pipeline and ensured alignment with domestic and global strategic objectives. Provided Regulatory Affairs support to Human Care side of the business.

2000-2003 / Market Development Manager, Engineered Elastomers

Facilitates the technical and technological integration process of newly acquired Human Care business (short- and long-term silicone implants) with European teams. Contributes to the Engineered Elastomers strategic planning. Implements key corporate projects in North America (dental impression materials, SPF-roof coating, gels for external prostheses, concrete molding, rapid prototyping, etc.) accounting for about $5 million in sales (2004 figures).

19971999

Innovation Manager, Silicones Technologies

Rhodia Silicones Inc. (acquired by BlueStar Silicones), North America Headquarters

Sales: $60 million, 100 employees.R&D Budget: $1,2 million

Reorganizes and coaches the North American technical community (4 locations, 25 people including 2 managers). Operates the technical and technological liaison with the corporate R&D teams. Fosters the Silicones Technologies internally and outside Rhodia Group (Procter & Gamble, Colgate-Palmolive, Tremco/RPM, Akzo Coatings, DuPont Automotive, etc.).

19881996

Construction Laboratory Manager & R&D Project Leader

Rhône-Poulenc Silicones, Applications Department

R&D Budget: 400K€, 7 people-team

Manages a technical team (7 people) dedicated to sealants & caulks (sealing, waterproofing), and structural sealants (Structural Glazing, Insulating Glass) development for the Building Industry. Participates to the Building Industry standardization and regulatory activity (SFJF, BNTEC, ISO). Pilots a strategic innovation project (water-based silicone technology, RHODALIS™) that led to 600 metric tons per annum of current production.

19831988

R&D Engineer – Engineering Plastics Laboratory

Rhône-Poulenc Recherches, Materials Department

Oversees a polymer processing laboratory (4 engineers, 4 technicians) devoted to injection molding, extrusion processes, and new polymer entities (polymer blends, liquid-crystal polymers) design.

Education

19801982

Charles Sadron Institute/EAHP

1982: Engineer's Degree in Polymer Science & Technology

1981: Master’s Degree in Polymer Science & Technology

SPF Roofing System

Dental Impression Materials

IGU Manufacture Monitoring

Awards –

2003: Spirit of Rhodia Award (Dental Impression Materials). 1997: Rhodia Innovation Award (RHODALIS™ Waterbased Silicone Technology).

1982: Professor Hinchberger Award (Charles Sadron Institute Award).

COMPETENCIES, SKILLS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Engineering Elastomers & Plastics

  1. Long and solid experience in Silicones technology (physico-chemistry, performances, applications).
  2. Long and solid experience in Polyurethanes technology for sealants and adhesives.
  3. Design and production of polymer blends and self-reinforced plastics (LCPs).
  4. Good practice and understanding of Reactive Processing.

R&D Management in Industrial Environment

  1. Strategic orientation and decision-making on R&D projects and R&D policy before Management Committee.
  2. R&D team management in France and in the US (resources, competencies, operational organization, reporting, etc.). Preparation and implementation of annual R&D programs worth about $15 million at any given time, and providing the business with a NPI sales ratio close to 25%. Design of specifications’ requirements. Design of industrial development plans (process sheets, QA, validation criteria) and commercialization packages (data sheets, MSDS, benchmarking studies, sales documentation).
  3. Management of Tech Service/Support (organization, customer relationships, competencies network, red-carpet services, emergency planning), and New Product Introduction activities.

Technical Project Management

  1. In-depth knowledge and long practice of Stage/Gate management process and monitoring according to MS Project tool.
  2. Direct management of several highly strategic projects, domestically and worldwide: 2K-PU glazing sealant for aluminum widow frame, dental materials, RHODALIS™ Technology for the Building Industry (sealants & coatings), precipitated silica for tires reinforcement, which total sales exceed today $10 million.

Market Development & Intelligence

  1. Growth and development strategies based on market studies (data mining, business intelligence, market segmentation, analysis of customers’ portfolio) and technology and competition benchmarking.
  2. Identification of prospects and strategic approach. Design of communication tools dedicated to targeted markets and customers (PPT presentations, samples, prototypes, comparative studies, etc.).
  3. Contractual negotiation of partnerships and commercial agreements. Technical support to partners during NPI process.

Regulation, Standardization

  1. Good practice of several professional organizations and official bodies (SFJF, BNTEC, ISO), which role is to elaborate technical standards and regulations for the Building Industry..
  2. In-depth knowledge of the ISO 9001 Quality System and its R&D and industrial implementation (100+ internal audit performed). Good understanding and practice of cGMP in industrial environment of production of materials for healthcare biomedical usage.
  3. Good knowledge and practice of European REACH Regulation on Chemical Substances.

INTRODUCTION

A Seasoned Professional with a strong Technical Development Background

(R&D, Project Management, New Product Introduction)

Chemistry & Specialty Chemicals

Significant International Experience (United States)

- Skills Set -

Engineering Elastomers & Plastics

R&D Management in industrial environment (Design, Tech Support)

Project Management

Market Development & Intelligence

Standardization (Building Industry, ISO 9001)& Regulatory Affairs (Medical Devices, REACH)

Professional Training

 – 1990 : ISO 9001 Quality System & Quality System Auditing (AFAQ). 1992 : Project Management. 1998: Leadership Training for Managers (Dale Carnegie). 2008: ISO 9001 Quality System & Quality System Auditing (Méquapro Conseil).