Daubert Announces New President and CEO Among New Hires

Daubert Chemical Company Inc. (Chicago, Illinois, USA), a leading provider of specialty coatings, lubricants, and adhesives, announced a series of promotions and new hires, including the role of president and chief executive officer (CEO). Dr. Mike Duncan, previously executive vice president of technology at Daubert, will succeed Matt Puz as president and CEO. 

“Matt Puz has played an indispensable role in Daubert’s success over the past seven years,” says Matthew McGinnis, vice president of commercial development. “Under his leadership, we’ve grown our automotive coatings business by launching products, including Nox-Rust 1290HP and a new, innovative coating, Nox-Rust ChipShield, providing enhanced durability versus road debris and corrosive conditions. On behalf of the leadership team, we are delighted to congratulate Matt Puz on his upcoming retirement and to celebrate Mike’s promotion to president and CEO. Mike’s insight and expertise will continue to usher in a new era of innovation at Daubert.” 

Duncan brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the role, including 10 years at Daubert as the vice president of technology. He began his career at Keil Chemical, and has held leadership roles at companies such as D-A Stuart Company, Castrol, and Fuchs Lubricants. Duncan holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Illinois Chicago, and brings a rich background of chemical and additives to his new role. An active supporter of industry organizations, Duncan held the role of president of STLE in 2019-2020. 

Duncan’s promotion to president and CEO leads a series of personnel moves for Daubert that also includes the following: 

  • Dr. Aaron Sanders, hired for the role of vice president of technology. Sanders bring more than 20 years of experience to Daubert, most recently as R&D director – oilfield solutions at Stephan Company. He holds a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. 
  • Mark Pawelski is retiring from his role as executive vice president of operations. Pawelski devoted 44 years of service to Daubert and will continue to consult for special projects. 
  • Greg Merchen, formerly vice president of manufacturing, succeeds Pawelski as vice president of operations. Merchen will cover all manufacturing areas for Daubert as well as customer service and engineering. He holds a degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. 

“It’s an exciting time for Daubert,” says Puz. “As we welcome new leaders into the fold and continue our tradition of meeting customer needs with high-quality products and service, the next generation of Daubert solutions is sure to exceed expectations.” 

Source: Daubert Chemical Company Inc., www.daubertchemical.com