An Experienced Team Dedicated to Quality, Service and Innovation

Senior Leadership Team

Rudi Lenz

President and Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Lenz has 30 years of financial and general management experience working in multiple cultures across a broad range of industries, including aerospace, automotive, specialty chemicals, fibers, plastics and advanced materials.

In 1976, Mr. Lenz began his career in accounting and tax with the German Internal Revenue Service. In 1980, he joined Garrett Corporation as an accounting manager in Frankfurt, Germany. He was promoted to Controller and then promoted through a series of financial and accounting positions, ultimately leading the financial and administrative functions as CFO of Garrett GmbH.

Following the acquisitions that formed AlliedSignal Corporation, Mr. Lenz became the CFO for AlliedSignal Germany’s aerospace, automotive, specialty chemicals, plastics, and engineered materials businesses. He then was promoted to the position of Vice President, Finance — Aerospace Services, AlliedSignal, in Phoenix, Arizona.

In 1997, Mr. Lenz joined Fairchild Dornier Corporation as Executive Vice President and CFO. He was promoted to President and CEO of Fairchild Aircraft in January 2001 and resigned in February 2002 to join Sun Chemical.

Educated in Germany, Mr. Lenz earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance & Taxes from the University of Edenkoben. He earned a Master’s degree in Business & Administration from the University of Wiesbaden.

John L. McKeown

Chief Administration Officer and Senior Vice President

As the Chief Administration Officer and Senior Vice President, Mr. McKeown is responsible for:

  • Human Resources Department
  • Legal Department, including EH&S and Risk Management
  • Information Technology
  • Corporate Audit
  • North America Customer Services

John has served as a senior leadership team member for the last seven years and has an in-depth understanding of how the Sun Chemical organization works. In addition, John holds an Honours degree in Law from the University of Warwick in the U.K.

Kevin Michaelson

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Felipe Mellado

Chief Marketing Officer and Board Member

Russell Schwartz

Chief Technology Officer

Fernando Tavara

President, Sun Chemical Latin America

Myron Petruch

President, Performance Pigments

Jeffrey Shaw Vice President Global Operations

Jeffrey Shaw

Chief Supply Chain, Quality & Business Improvement Officer

Brian Panczyk

Vice President, Manufacturing & Engineering

Robert Fitzka

Group Managing Director, Central Region, Europe

Greg Hayes

Group Managing Director, Northern Region, Europe and Africa

Carlo Musso

Group Managing Director, Southern Region, Europe and Middle East

James R. Van Horn

Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary

Mehran Yazdani

President, Advanced Materials

Luca Graziadei

Vice President, Strategic Planning

Chris Parrilli

President, North American Inks