ChemQuest Appoints Two New Directors
Global business strategy and external specialty chemicals technology development firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. recently announced that it has appointed Dr. Lan Deng and Jason Woods as Directors in an emailed press release.
According to the release, Deng has previously served leadership roles at Dow Chemical, Sherwin-Williams and PPG across R&D, product management and strategic planning for over 15 years.
Most recently, ChemQuest reports, she has served as the global technical director for automotive OEM business at PPG, overseeing the global product development of technologies such as pretreatment, E-coat, primer, basecoat, clearcoat, adhesives and sealants.
Deng earned her B.E. degree in polymer materials and engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China, and her Ph.D. in chemistry is from the University of California, Berkely. Co-author of six journal articles, she also earns 16 granted patents and has earned R&D 100 Awards and the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
ChemQuest says that Deng is passionate about innovation, growth and job creation, and she wants to help accelerate the current growth trajectory as a technology leader.
“Our society is at a point when the next innovation wave is starting to pick up and accelerate. There are tremendous opportunities in health care, sustainable energy and digital transformation. The companies that can seize the opportunity to ride these waves will have long-lasting competitive advantages in the decades to come,” said Deng.
“As a technology leader, I want to help more companies, public or private, to catch and ride these waves; I also want to help the capital market find the right growth opportunity to invest so that our whole economy can benefit. ChemQuest can provide me an opportunity to do just that. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues and clients to create sustainable innovation and growth for the society.”
“We are fortunate to have someone with Dr. Deng’s depth of experience and capabilities join our team. Her passion for innovation, growth and job creation, and her strength in partnering with customers to create mutual value will help both ChemQuest and our clients to create win-win.” stated Dan Murad, ChemQuest CEO.
Woods reportedly joins ChemQuest with 25 years in the paint industry, serving leadership roles in R&D, operations and quality in various customer segments such as automotive OEM, automotive refinish, paint sundries, protective and marine, and architectural. Additionally, these responsibilities were international in the Asia, Europe and South America regions.
Woods studied chemistry and political science at Virginia Tech and began his career at PPG Industries in Cleveland, Ohio. Afterwards, he held a variety of roles, including an expatriate assignment in Japan, before transitioning to Sherwin-Williams.
Prior to his new position at ChemQuest, Woods was reportedly responsible for commercialization of North American architectural products and R&D for Latin America architectural programs. (Above: Jason Woods)
Prior to his new position at ChemQuest, Woods was reportedly responsible for commercialization of North American architectural products and R&D for Latin America architectural programs.
Woods said that he is particularly interested in helping clients understand the processes of commercialization, the stakeholders involved and the practical steps associated with adapting technology to a product. He is also reportedly well-versed in developing innovation portfolio, improving efficiencies and developing the next generation of internal leaders.
“I've sought a diversity of experiences throughout my career in the paint industry. I value the opportunity to work with great people in a variety of functional areas, business segments and geographies,” said Woods.
“The more I learned about ChemQuest from my colleagues, the more excited I was at the breadth of opportunities available. I am looking forward to partnering with them and their clients to help design and implement strategies to aid in innovation, commercialization, process efficiencies and organizational development.”
“We are fortunate to have someone with Jason’s depth of experience and capabilities join our team as our industry evolves into its new post-Covid normal. Jason’s international experience, along with his deep understanding of end-use markets and client considerations will be of great value to our team,” stated Murad.