Fitz Chem Announces the Retirement of Don Deihs, President

Itasca, Illinois – September 3, 2019 – Fitz Chem LLC announces the planned retirement of Don Deihs, effective September 30th. Deihs has successfully led the organization for the last 15 years and transformed relationships with Suppliers to drive a focused selling effort that consistently delivered growth rates exceeding the specialty chemical distribution market while building the reputation of Fitz Chem as a “Customer Centered Distributor.” His financial acumen and market awareness culminated in the successful sale of Fitz Chem to Nagase Group in 2017, which preserved the company’s go-to-market approach and effective Team resulting in immediate accretion to Nagase in North America.

“I congratulate Don on his retirement – he has been an important business partner to Nagase and a good friend. Moreover, I am also pleased that Don will continue as an advisor to both the Nagase Holdings of America Advisory Board and Fitz Chem on strategic matters, and I look forward to his contribution on the recently named Prinova Board of Directors, assisting us with our latest North American acquisition”, stated Ryuichi Uchida, Chief Executive Officer of Nagase Americas.

“I am also pleased to announce that as part of our planned succession, Mark Miller, currently Vice President - CARE, will ascend to the presidency on October 1st. Mark has over 32 years of experience in the process industries of steel and chemicals and has successfully led businesses on the producer and distribution side. I’m confident in his ability to lead Fitz Chem’s overall growth in the Performance Chemicals and Life & HealthCare Segments as we seek to expand our product line representation while adding services to our business,” added Uchida.

In addition, Fitz Chem further announces that Mark Dailey will join as Director, CARE, replacing Mark Miller. Dailey has substantial experience in the industry at leading Distribution companies and a strong background guiding the transformation of personal care ingredients producers. “I’m very proud to have Mark Dailey join and lead our CARE Team as we continue to evolve our business”, exclaimed Miller. “His technical knowledge and past leadership will certainly build our presence in the Personal Care, HI&I and OTC Pharma segments.”

About Fitz Chem, NAGASE Group

Fitz Chem is a customer focused distributor of specialty chemicals in the Central United States. Fitz Chem provides impeccable customer service paired with the expertise of industry leading product managers. Founded in 1985, Fitz Chem has the capability to help you with everyday supply needs as well as more challenging technical and formulation requirements. The core industries served are adhesives, construction, graphic arts, home and personal care, institutional and industrial cleaning, paint and coatings, plastics and rubber.

Globally, Fitz Chem is a member of the NAGASE Group, a leader in innovative solutions for the chemicals, plastics, electronics, life sciences and automotive markets. Founded in 1832, NAGASE encompasses over $6.4 billion in annual revenue and over 6,000 employees worldwide. For more information visit

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