Avantor Performance Materials

Avantor™ Performance Materials Names Richard White Executive Vice President of Operations

editor, 18 September 2012

Center Valley, PA (USA) – September 18, 2012 – Avantor™ Performance Materials, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-performance chemistries, announces the appointment of Richard White as executive vice president of operations.

White will be responsible for Avantor’s global manufacturing, enterprise resource planning, quality assurance, supply chain, and environmental health and safety (EHS) operations.

He has more than 25 years of experience in global manufacturing, plant management, quality assurance, supply chain management, EHS, and other aspects of industrial operations – especially in the chemicals and materials industry.

Most recently, he served as chief operating officer for the Solar division at STR Holdings, Inc., a solar encapsulate manufacturing company based in Connecticut. Prior to joining STR, White was the vice president of manufacturing and supply chain at Vertellus Specialties, Inc., a global specialty chemical company. His career in the chemical industry also includes work at E.I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, Honeywell International and Celanese Corporation. White holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Mississippi State University.

“Richard has a proven track record of leading productivity improvements, as well as quality and safety enhancements in global operations,” said John Steitz, president and CEO of Avantor, which is owned by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital. “At Avantor, we view our global manufacturing capability as a key strength, and optimizing our global operations footprint is a critical component of the company’s success going forward. We’re pleased at the opportunity to have someone with Richard’s industry expertise leading those operations as we work toward our objective of becoming a global leader in performance materials,” said Steitz.

“Richard has a proven track record of leading productivity improvements, as well as quality and safety enhancements in global operations,” said John Steitz, president and CEO of Avantor, which is owned by an affiliate of New Mountain Capital. “At Avantor, we view our global manufacturing capability as a key strength, and optimizing our global operations footprint is a critical component of the company’s success going forward. We’re pleased at the opportunity to have someone with Richard’s industry expertise leading those operations as we work toward our objective of becoming a global leader in performance materials,” said Steitz.

“Richard brings a wealth of operational experience to Avantor,” said Matt Holt, managing director of New Mountain Capital. “As Avantor continues to pursue its goals and growth strategy, his operational and manufacturing background will play a key role in that effort.”

“Avantor has a proud history in manufacturing high-quality and high-purity products,” White said. “I’m eager to join the company and its team of employees to help continue their initiatives and work toward expanded operations, especially in new markets and regions around the world,” he said. .

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