Key Advisory Members

Paul Miller
Paul Miller

Partner, ChemAdvice®, GmbH, Kelkheim, Germany
More than 30 years of experience in executive positions of the industrial chemicals and plastics industry.


Head of the Management Board (CEO) of Bakelite AG, Iserlohn
-Accompanied the change of company ownership
-Management of the disposal of Bakelite AG to Private Equity Investor
-Responsible for restructuring
-Functional responsibilities including sites, Personnel, Resins Business, Purchasing, Strategy
-Responsible for the M&A driven growth strategy

Witco GmbH, Managing Director Resins following acquisition of Schering AG Ind. Chemicals Division

Schering AG, Industrial Chemicals Division
Director of the Sales and Business Unit, including R&D, Applications and Production
-Responsible for all international business activities, primarily in Asia with extensive presence in Asia
-Responsible to build up a new market for Organometallics and Resins in Columbus, Ohio/USA

Board Member, Dynea, Oy, Helsinki, Finland since February 2011

Paul is Member of the Steering Board of Plastics Europe and Member of the Board of Chemical Employer’s Association Westfalen-Lippe ( “Arbeiteberverband” )

• St.Joseph’s College , London
• Bachelor of Science , Salford University , Salford , Great Britain

Frank W. Harris
Frank Harris

President & Chief Executive Officer, Akron Polymer Systems, Co-founder of APS in 2002

Dr. Harris is internationally known for his work in condensation polymerization and has been an expert in his field for over 30 years. He has carried out extensive research on polyimides and polybenzimidazoles. One of the products he co-developed (an optically compensation film) has generated more than $ 1 billion in sales.

He had joined University of Akron in 1983 as a Professor and was promoted to Distinguished Professor of Polymer Science and Biomedical Engineering in 1994. Until recently he has served as Director of The Maurice Morton Institute of Polymer Science at the University and was an American Editor of the International Journal, POLYMER. In 2008 Dr. Harris retired from the University to devote his attention to running APS as President and CEO.

Prior to starting APS , Dr. Harris founded Daychem Laboratories in Dayton , Ohio , Ballard Advanced Materials in Vancouver , Canada and Boca Advanced Materials in Cincinnati , Ohio . He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Brady Corporation in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Dr. Harris studied at Iowa University and has authored more than 40 patents and 225 referred publications. He has also served as an expert witness in numerous patent litigations.

Ken McMahon

Senior Vice President and Head of Business Unit, Performance Intermediates, Lonza AG, Switzerland

Mr McMahon has been working in various Sales, Marketing and Operations Management positions with Lonza since 1984. Lonza is a leading global diversified Life Science and Material Company with annual revenues of $ 2.85 billion. Prior to his current role at Lonza, Ken was one of the major contributors in implementing Lonza‘s China strategy and spent 5 years in China building and operating Lonza’s first production site at Guangzhou, China. Ken has extensive global experience in business and operation management and worked on various strategic projects including re-structuring and turn-around for Lonza’s various businesses. Ken has been playing an active role in the geographical expansion of Lonza’s Performance Intermediates business including capital investment, Joint Venture (JV), and Partnership.

Ken Studied Chemistry and Chemical Engineering at University of Sydney, Australia and MBA from the University of Chicago. Ken lives with his family in Basel, Switzerland and enjoys mountain climbing and skiing in the Swiss Alps.

James G. Schleck

President and CEO of Cyalume Specialty Products
Bound Brooke, New Jersey

Mr. Schleck is currently President and CEO of Cyalume Specialty Products, a developer of specialty Chemicals for pharmaceutical, cosmetic, nutritional and aerospace products. Mr. Schleck is also active investor / director with other enterprises such as:

  • National Metal Finishing’s Corporation – manufacturing of chill rolls for plastic films extrusion
  • Amerigen Pharmaceuticals Ltd – Generic Pharmaceuticals
  • China Development Group- Consultation for China –centric industrial business
  • Omni Tech Ningbo Innovations – Consumer Product manufacturer
  • Eikos Corporation – a nanotechnology company

Mr. Schleck is a graduate of West Point and served 4 years active duty . He also has an MBA from Columbia Business School.

Deepak C. Mehta
Deepak Mehta

Vice Chairman & Managing Director, Deepak Nitrite, Ltd, Mumbai, India

Mr. D.C Mehta is at the helm of affair at Deepak Nitrite Ltd for the past 34 years. Deepak Nitrite Ltd, is a leading manufacturer and exporter of inorganic and organic chemicals, as well as fine & specialty chemicals. Deepak Nitrite is an acknowledged market leader in his chosen field , with end-user industries that include agro-chemicals, dyestuffs, paints, cosmetics, pigments, inks ,rubbers, whiteners, pharmaceuticals and fuel additives.

Mr. Mehta is a visionary industrialist and expanded Deepak Nitrite to a Global Company. Today Deepak Nitrite is operating in 20 different countries. He is an active member of the Indian Chemical Council and also adorned the position of member of “Task Force on Chemical Industries” constituted by the government of India with an objective to put forward a strategy for increasing competitiveness for the Indian chemical Industry.

The Deepak Group has been contributing towards social causes for over two decades through Deepak Foundation. As Managing Trustee he actively participates and guides the Foundations’ various activities, which stretches from Integrated Community Development Programs to Women Health, Care and Employment programs.

Mr D. C Mehta is a Science Graduate from the University of Bombay, India

Richard E. Lyon
Richard Lyon

Program Manager, Fire Research Program -U.S Department of Transportation, Federal Aviation Administration ( FAA ), Atlantic City, Airport, NJ 08405, USA

Richard Lyon has conducted and managed long –range research effort in advanced fire-safe materials for use in commercial aircraft interiors under FAA charter since 1993. Prior to joining FAA Dr. Lyon had been in polymer composite group at University of California , Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, Livermore, California. Dr. Lyon had pioneered low heat release material development for aircraft interiors and he is the inventor of Microscale Combustion Calorimeter, which has been commercialized and widely used for screening of fire resistance materials. Dr. Lyon received various FAA Technology Transfer awards and published 150 papers, proceedings and book chapters on polymer science, engineering and combustion. Dr. Lyon acts as Advisory Board , Fire and Material Journal , Associate Member , U.S –Japan National Research Panel on Fire Research and Safely , Founder and past Chairman, Interagency Working Group on Fire and Materials, Industrial Advisory Board University of Massachusetts ( Amherst ) , Advisory Council , Drexel University , Philadelphia, Reviewer for NSF , NIST/ ATP and several leading Journals.

Dr . Lyon studied Polymer Science & Engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

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