Itasca, Illinois – October 9, 2019 Fitz Chem, NAGASE Group has appointed Tom Downing to a newly developed role as Director of New Supplier Development. In this new role, Tom will evaluate new suppliers to identify strategic matches for Fitz Chem’s product portfolio, manage select Fitz Chem suppliers, and oversee management of proprietary Fitz Chem produced products.
Tom has a very dynamic background, having served as Fitz Chem’s Director of Sales-North for the past three years. Prior to joining Fitz Chem, Tom has had extensive experience in leadership roles in both manufacturing and distribution management. “Tom will play a critical role in Fitz Chem-Nagase Group’s strategy to expand our sales model in both geography and product portfolio width. His understanding of the distribution market and competitive manufacturing landscape make him a key asset in our approach to this strategy”, stated Robert Milano, Fitz Chem-Nagase Group’s Director of Supplier Management.
Concurrent with this appointment, Fitz Chem-Nagase Group has announced the appointment of Ian Giloth to the position as Director of Sales-North to continue the positive momentum of leadership and growth in Industrial Chemicals. Giloth recently served as Sr. Manager – Marketing & Sales, Base Chemicals for Sasol Chemicals North America and before that was a Sr. Account Manager – Performance Urethane Polyols at Monument Chemical, LLC. Prior to Ian’s chemical manufacturing career, he had an extensive background in distribution with Univar and Chemcentral occupying several key sales management roles and culminating with his final position in Business Development, where he was responsible for key supplier negotiations & relationships.
Altogether Giloth brings more than 20 years of manufacturing and distribution experience with a unique approach in accelerating revenue growth and building high-performing teams to drive long-term success. “We are thrilled to have Ian onboard as the newest member of our leadership team,” says Al Bernhardt, Vice President of Industrial Chemicals. “His broad experience in the chemical industry in sales and supplier management coupled with his extensive background in distribution with Chemcentral and Univar, Ian is an excellent leadership fit for Fitz Chem-Nagase Group as we progress our specialty selling approach in the marketplace”.
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 FitzChem.com.