Chris has been appointed by the board of directors of KMG Chemicals, a Houston-based global provider of specialty chemicals to select markets, to be the company’s new president and CEO. Chris had been serving as chairman of the board and interim CEO. Chris, who will remain chairman, says that as CEO he will address KMG’s goals of integration, operational efficiency and profitable growth.
Chris is an experienced executive in the chemicals industry and has been CEO of two chemical companies. As an operating partner of the global equity firm Advent International since 2011, he advises that firm on investment opportunities in the industrial sector, focusing on chemicals and materials.
Until his retirement in 2009, Chris was president and CEO of Chemical Lime Company, North America’s leading producer of calcium based (limestone) alkaline products with various industrial applications including the manufacture of steel, water treatment, flue gas desulphurization, and chemical production. Before joining Chemical Lime, he was president and CEO of OCI Chemical Corporation, a wholly-owned subsidiary of DC Chemical Co. Prior to joining OCI in 1990, Chris held various positions of responsibility in sales, marketing, business development, operations and general management.