Management

The Management Board introduces themselves.

Ravindra Kumar

President and CEO

Education:
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

Education:
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

Education:
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

Director of Operations

Education:
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

Education:
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

Education:
 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

Education:
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