Zünd America Announces New President to Take Over North American Operations
Manuel Merkt, president of Zünd America.
Zünd America Inc. (Oak Creek, Wis., USA) announced the recent appointment of Manuel Merkt as president of Zünd’s North American operations in Milwaukee. A German national, Merkt began his career in industrial engineering with an apprenticeship program at Hermle AG (Gosheim, Germany), a manufacturer of high-end machine tools. After earning engineering degrees from the University of Applied Sciences (Konstanz, Germany) and Coventry University in the UK, Merkt moved to Wisconsin in 2010 to support the Hermle USA team (Franklin, Wis ., USA) in various business and commercial fields. management functions and eventually assumed a leadership role as President and Chief Operating Officer (COO) in 2017.
During his 11 years with Hermle USA, Merkt is said to have developed exceptional leadership skills that are reflected in the company’s steady growth. His intimate knowledge of European and North American culture and business practices makes him an ideal candidate for the leadership role at Zünd America, according to the company. He understands that a sharp focus on customer needs is essential to Zünd’s continued success in the competitive markets on this side of the Atlantic. At the same time, he intends to continue to focus on growing the business through smart recruiting practices and continued workforce development.
Ultimately, Manuel’s goal is to continue moving Zünd America forward with long-term business development strategies, marketing initiatives, and best practices in sales and support services consistent with those that Zünd continues globally. Taking full advantage of Zünd America’s state-of-the-art Wisconsin headquarters, Merkt will strive to further enhance Zünd’s customer experience in sales, training and support.
Tyler Painter joins Wisk as CFO
Tyler Painter, CFO of Wisk Aero.
Advanced Air Mobility Society (AAM) Wisk Aero (Mountain View, CA, USA) announced on May 3 that Tyler Painter had joined the company as Chief Financial Officer (CFO). In his new role, Painter will lead Wisk’s finance, accounting, business development and information technology teams and be responsible for overseeing the company’s financial planning and objectives.
“I am delighted to welcome Tyler as Wisk’s new Chief Financial Officer,” said Gary Gysin, CEO of Wisk. “Tyler has a first-hand understanding of our industry and a strong track record in bringing new technologies and business models to market. His experience and expertise in small and large public ventures, capital raising and partnerships will further strengthen Wisk’s leadership in the industry as we continue our growth trajectory and move towards commercialization.
Painter brings decades of financial and operational management experience to Wisk, with a wide range of experience in private, public and Fortune 500 companies. Most recently, he served as Chief Financial Officer for Surf Air Mobility (Los Angeles , California, USA), a company focused on accelerating the adoption of electric regional air travel. Prior to Surf Air Mobility, Tyler was Chief Financial Officer of Fair Financial Corp. (Santa Monica) and spent ten years as CFO and COO of Solazyme (now TerraVia Holdings, San Francisco), a biotechnology company that developed and commercialized sustainable renewable oils and ingredients. , where he helped grow the company from its inception to its IPO and beyond. Earlier in his career, Tyler served as corporate treasurer and vice president of finance for Wind River Systems (Alameda), a global company providing software for intelligent systems with customers in the aerospace and defense industry, based in California.
“The world of mobility is changing rapidly, with consumers increasingly demanding more flexible and sustainable solutions,” says Painter. “With a culture built on Silicon Valley innovation and the discipline and expertise of a world-leading aerospace company, Wisk is well positioned to lead the advanced air mobility market, which is expected to generate significant growth opportunities for decades. I’m excited to join the Wisk team as we strive to transform the way people move from place to place.
Trelleborg appoints Quality Manager for ServicePLUS
Seth Grundmeier, Quality Manager Trelleborg ServicePLUS.
Trelleborg Sealing Solutions (Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA), a developer, manufacturer and supplier of precision seals, bearings and custom molded polymer components, has appointed Seth Grundmeier as ServicePLUS Quality Manager.
Located across the United States, each of Trelleborg’s ServicePLUS Centers is expected to provide a range of enhanced services that can simplify a customer’s value chain with solutions focused on engineering, manufacturing, chain management supply and the secondary market. This includes simplified inventory replenishment, component assembly, expedited delivery services, digital tools and more.
“We continue to increase the number of customers served by our ServicePLUS centers and the complexity of the assemblies these customers require,” notes Will Bacon, ServicePLUS Segment Manager, Trelleborg Sealing Solutions. “Seth will prepare and support each of our ServicePLUS centers to achieve IATF 16949 quality certification, to ensure alignment of all our centers and ensure that customers receive the same excellent service regardless of their location. I look forward to welcoming Seth to the team.
Grundmeier started his career at Pella Machine (Pella, Iowa, USA) as a quality and tooling manager. He held various positions as Application Engineer, Project Manager and Quality Manager at Cline Tool and Service (Newton, Iowa, USA). Most recently, he was a quality engineer at VB Seals (Ames, Iowa, USA) and was instrumental in obtaining ISO 9001:2015 and AS9120 certifications for the company.
New administrators join the ChemQuest group
Dr. Lan Deng, director of the ChemQuest group.
The ChemQuest Group (Cincinnati, Ohio, USA), a global business strategy and external technology development firm specializing and specializing in the specialty chemicals markets, announces the arrival of Lan Deng and Jason Woods as directors.
Dr. Deng joins ChemQuest with over 15 years of experience in the chemical industry, having held leadership positions at Dow Chemical, Sherwin Williams and PPG in R&D, product management and strategic planning. Most recently, she served as Global Technical Director for the automotive OEM business at PPG, where she oversaw global product development of all technologies including pre-treatment, E-coat, primer, basecoat, clearcoat as well as adhesives and sealants.
Dr. Deng earned a BE in Polymer Materials and Engineering from the University of Science and Technology of China (Anhui) and a Ph.D. degree in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley. She is co-author of six journal articles and holds 16 issued patents. Dr. Deng’s industry recognition includes the R&D 100 Awards and the EPA’s Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award.
She is also said to be very passionate about innovation, growth and job creation. As a technology leader, it wants to help accelerate the current growth trajectory. “Our company is at a point where the next wave of innovation is starting to gain momentum and accelerate. There are huge opportunities in healthcare, sustainable energy and digital transformation,” notes Dr. Deng. “Companies that can seize the opportunity to ride these waves will have lasting competitive advantages in the decades to come. 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 in so that our whole economy can benefit. ChemQuest can offer me the opportunity to do just that.
Jason Woods, director of the ChemQuest group.
On the other hand, Jason Woods brings 25 years of experience in the paint industry, having held leadership positions in R&D, operations and quality in a variety of customer segments. These include automotive OEMs, automotive refinishing, paint miscellaneous, protective, marine and architectural. Many of these roles also included international responsibilities in regions such as Asia, Europe and South America.
Woods studied chemistry and political science at Virginia Tech (Blacksburg) and began his career at PPG Industries (Cleveland, Ohio, USA). After a variety of roles, including an expatriate assignment in Japan, he moved on to Sherwin-Williams. Here he progressed through several leadership roles in various divisions. His last two positions were responsible for marketing North American architectural products and responsible for R&D for Latin American architectural programs.
Woods is particularly interested in helping clients understand the commercialization process, the stakeholders involved, and the practical steps associated with adapting a technology to a product. He is reported to be well versed in developing innovation portfolios, improving efficiency and developing the next generation of internal leaders.
“I’ve looked for a diversity of experiences throughout my career in the paint industry,” he says. “I value the opportunity to work with great people in a variety of functional areas, business segments and geographies. The more I learned about ChemQuest from my colleagues, the more excited I was about the breadth of opportunities available. I look forward to partnering with them and their clients to help design and implement strategies to drive innovation, commercialization, process efficiency and organizational development.”
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