ChemQuest Taps New Director
Global business strategy and external specialty chemicals technology development firm The ChemQuest Group Inc. has recently appointed Carla McBain, Ph.D., as a Director. In this role, McBain will support clients in the company’s Business Strategy & Transformation, M&A Advisory Services and Technology Development pillars.
According to an emailed release from ChemQuest, McBain has experience in the development of numerous specialty materials, including polymers for various applications, latex copolymers and prototype paint formulations. She is also well-versed in emulsion and colloid methodology, computer modeling and statistical experimental design, and global regulatory compliance requirements.
She has reportedly held numerous roles of increasing responsibility with organizations such as ICI-Glidden and OMNOVA Solutions. Most recently, she served as vice president of Innovations Functional Solutions for Synthomer PLC.
ChemQuest reports that, during her 35-year career, McBain has served as a positive change agent in innovation management, developing and commercializing numerous products in a variety of applications and end-use sectors. She has also worked on both buy- and sell-side merger and acquisition analysis initiatives.
“Carla has had a stellar career, developing knowledge and leadership experience for global innovation teams. Her outstanding expertise will translate to exceptional support for our clients across many types of projects,” said Daniel Murad, ChemQuest CEO.
McBain reportedly holds four U.S. patents, is the recipient of numerous technical innovation and development awards and has served as a lecturer at Kent State University and the University of Eastern Michigan.
Additionally, she serves as a senior fellow at the University of Akron Research Foundation and is active in numerous professional organizations, including the American Chemical Society, the Federated Coatings Society Cleveland, the American Coatings Association, and the Greater Akron Polymer Industry Advisory Council.
“I am delighted to join The ChemQuest Group. Dan and the ChemQuest team offer clients impressive resources to create innovative sustainable solutions for the chemical industry. I am ready to apply my expertise and skills to help our clients succeed,” McBain said.
McBain holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, a master’s in organic chemistry from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in polymer science from the University of Akron. She is also a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.