The Management Board introduces themselves.

Ravindra Kumar

President and CEO

1992 - 1996Studied chemical technology at Harcourt Butler Technological Institute, Kanpur, India
Professional career:
July 1996 - September 2002Asian Paints
Sales and key account management serving automotive industry
October 2002 - June 2008Huntsman Polyurethanes India
Various commercial positions serving Automotive, Home appliance, Construction, Footwear and Furniture industries in India
July 2008 - December 2008BASF
Business Manager Specialty Foams - Asia Pacific 
January 2009 - January 2012Huntsman Polyurethanes India
Commercial leadership position for India Sub-Continent market
February 2012 - November 2013Huntsman Polyurethanes Europe
Automotive Platform Manager - EAIME region
January 2014 - July 2019ELANTAS Beck India 
Managing Director
August 2019 - December 2019ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Managing Director
Since January 2020ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
President and CEO

Jim McMillin

Vice President Finance & CFO

BSBA Accounting, The Ohio State University
Professional career:
1979 - 1985Ernst & Young (CPA) Audit Practice
Focused on audits primarily in the manufacturing sector, started career in the St. Louis office, followed by the Oklahoma City office.
1986 - 2002Blue Circle Industries PLC (LaFarge SA)
Various financial positions in the North American Headquarters (Atlanta), at both the Corporate & Division levels, serving the building materials industry.
Three year posting to Malaysia, focusing on regional business integration of building materials acquisitions.
2002 - 2005Sensient Technologies
Various financial positions in the Division HG, serving both the global food & ink technology markets.
Since June 2005ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Vice President Finance & CFO

Jan C. Behnke

Vice President Commercial & Technology

1989Industrie- und Handelskammer
1994Bachelor of Science, University of Mainz
2005Master of Business Administration, University of Texas
Professional career:
1989 - 1994Hoechst AG
Product Manager Acetyls
Product Manager Phosphorous Products
1994 - 2004Celanese
Global Market Manager Acrylic Monomers
Product Manager, Chemical Products Europe
Country Manager Italy & Greece
Product Manager Oxygenated Solvents
2004 - 2019The Dow Chemical Company
Sr. Corporate Director Digital Transformation
Global Business Director Industrial Solutions
Sr. Corporate Director Commercial Excellence & Channel Management
Global Business Director Amines & Chealants
Since 2020ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Vice President Commercial & Technology

Susanne McHale

Vice President Operations

1983Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering - Missouri University of Science and Technology
Professional career:
1983 - 1985ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
R&D Chemist / Pilot Plant Intern
1985 - 1992ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Pilot Plant Manager
1992 - 1998ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Process Engineering Manager
1998 - 2004ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Production, Maintenance and Process Engineering Manager
Since 2004ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Director of Operations

Eric McLaughlin

Director of Purchasing

1997Bachelor of Science, Quinnipiac University
Professional career:
1997 - 1999ICI Klea
Sales Manager, North East and Midwest
1999 - 2015Lucite International
Procurement Director, Raw Materials and Logistics
2015 - 2016Ring Container Technologies
Purchasing Manager, North America
2016 - 2020Future FuelChemical Company
Purchasing Manager, Direct Materials and Logistics
Since Nov 2020ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Director of Purchasing

Jeff Pattison

Director Human Resources

 Bachelor of Science in Management, Missouri State University
 Senior Professional in Human Resources Designation
Professional career:
2001 - 2006 Anheuser-Busch, St. Louis
HR Generalist
2006 - 2013Apria Healthcare, St. Louis
Manager/Director of Human Resources
2013 - 2018Store Supply Warehouse, St. Louis
Director Human Resources
2018 - 2020LMI Aerospace, St. Louis
Director Human Resources
Since June 2020ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Present Director Human Resources

Rick Youngs

Manager - Site Operations

1981-1985Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering, Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania
Professional career:
1985 - 1986U.S. Bureau of Mines, Avondale, MD
Research Chemist
1986 - 2010AVX Corporation, Olean, NY
Various positions including Process Engineer, Quality Engineer and Quality Manager.  ASQ Certified Six Sigma Black Belt
2010 - 2012Dresser Rand Corporation, Wellsville, NY
Quality Manager
2012 - 2017Cytec / Solvay Corporation, Olean, NY
Quality Manager.  ASQ Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence
Since June 2017ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Manager - Site Operations

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