StanChem Polymers Promotes Dr. Paul Stenson to CEO & Stephen McGuff to COO

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StanChem Polymers today announced that its Board of Directors has promoted Paul Stenson, Ph.D., to President & Chief Executive Officer and Steve McGuff to Chief Operating Officer, effective immediately.

Dr. Stenson holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from University College Dublin, Ireland and, prior to StanChem Polymers, held executive positions for Axalta, Ahlstrom, and Valspar. Mr. McGuff has degrees in both Chemical Engineering/Material Science and Business and previously served in executive functions at Reflexite Corporation and Mobil Chemical.

“Throughout their respective careers in specialty chemicals and during their time here at StanChem Polymers, Paul and Steve have proven to be forward-thinking and effective leaders. Leveraging their combined expertise across sales, chemistry, and operations, Paul and Steve have also proven to be a dynamic leadership duo – and we are excited and confident that Paul and Steve will lead StanChem Polymers into a new era of strategic growth," said Michael Foley, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Directors and Managing Director at the private equity firm Artemis Capital Partners, majority owner of StanChem Polymers.

“I am thrilled to assume this leadership role for a company with StanChem Polymers's rich legacy and bright future. Through significant investments in new products and new capacity, we have embarked on a path of relentless innovation -- across both our emulsion polymers and intumescent fire resistive coatings businesses. Our new executive structure will enable StanChem Polymers to only further expand our partnerships with world-class customers and achieve our ambitious goals for growth.” stated Paul Stenson, Ph.D., StanChem Polymers’s new Chief Executive Officer.

“StanChem Polymers has unique and continuously-improving process technology and we are investing heavily in our people, equipment, and technology to realize our vision of being the preferred partner to paint and coating OEMs and Albi channel partners alike. We are on our way.” stated Steve McGuff, StanChem’s Chief Operating Officer.

About StanChem Polymers:

Founded in 1968 and based in East Berlin, Connecticut, StanChem Polymers specializes in the development and manufacture of water-based emulsion polymers for coatings, adhesives, sealants, and elastomer applications. Albi Protective Coatings, a wholly-owned product line of StanChem Polymers, develops and supplies a range of industry-leading intumescent coatings for fire-resistive and other mission-critical applications.

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