The Management Board introduces themselves.

Jan C. Behnke

President & CEO

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
2020-2022ELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Vice President Commercial & Technology
Since 2023President Division ELANTAS

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

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

Mark Grisham

Head of Safety & Regulatory Affairs

 Bachelor of Science, Engineering Physics – Murray State University
 Master of Science, Occupational Safety and Health – Murray State University
Professional career:
1988 - 2014 United States Enrichment Corporation
Environmental Safety and Health Section Supervisor/Radiological Protection Manager Designee
2014 - 2020Eastman Chemical
Health Safety Environment and Security Manager
2020 - 2021Afton Chemical
Sr. Health Safety Environment and Security Specialist/Area 2 Health Safety Environment and Security Manager
2021 - PresentELANTAS PDG
Head of Safety and Regulatory Affairs

Kristy Johnson

Vice President Commercial & Technology

 Bachelor of Science, Marian University, Indianapolis 
 Master of Business Administration, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Professional career:
2006 - 2011Eli Lilly & Company
Sales Representative
2011 - 2012Philips Healthcare
Field Marketing Manager
2012-2013Baxter Healthcare
Product Manager

Mead Johnson Nutrition
Retail Marketing Manager
Brand Manager


Express Scripts
Director, Clinical & Specialty Innovation
Director, Product Management
Director, Strategic Planning & Analysis

2020-2023Air Products & Chemicals
Global Commercial Leader, OEM Channel-Membrane Solutions
Global Commercial Operations & Marketing Leader, Membrane Solutions
2023-PresentELANTAS PDG, Inc.
Vice President, Commercial & Technology 

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