LION ELASTOMERS LEADERSHIP
stands strong with cross-disciplined, industry-experienced leaders dedicated to quality, environmental sustainability, customer partnership and product development.
JESSE ZERINGUE, Chief Executive Officer & President
Jesse has been with the Lion organization since its inception and has over 30 years of experience with the collective copolymer companies in the EPDM/SBR industries. Prior to Lion's previous acquisition of the SBR business from DSM, Jesse held various positions in key global EPDM and SBR businesses within DSM in the areas of manufacturing, marketing and sales, supply chain and business management. Jesse holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Nicholls State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Louisiana State University.
NEIL JURKOVIC, Chief Financial Officer
Neil was Division Financial Reporting Manager at Olin Corporation before assuming the role of CFO in 2013. Neil has over 20 years of financial leadership experience, earning both a CPA and CMA. Neil holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics from the United States Naval Academy, a Master of Business Administration degree from Chapman University and is a veteran of the United States Navy.
DAVID WARD, Chief Technology Officer and Vice President, Research & Development
Dave has more than 30 years of experience developing new industrial catalysts and processes. He has led new product development teams in various technologies for the last 25 years, including olefin polymerization, specialty chemical production, biochemical transformation and biorefining. Dave earned his Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry degree from the University of Waterloo in Canada.
MARK WILSON, Vice President, EPDM
Mark has been with the Lion organization since its inception in 2005 and has been with the copolymer organization for nearly 30 years. Mark has held positions as Maintenance Manager of Analysis and Scheduling, SBR Product Manager, and Supply Chain/Optimization Manager. Mark holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
BOBBY RIKHOFF, Vice President, SBR
Bobby has over 20 years in manufacturing and business enterprise experience, and initially started with the copolymer organization in 1995. Bobby has held varying manufacturing and corporate positions, including Plant Manager, Corporate Quality and Optimization Manager and Operations Vice President. Bobby holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering degree from Louisiana State University.
JEFF JORDAN, Vice President, Purchasing
Jeff has been with the Lion organization since its inception in 2005 and has been in the petrochemical manufacturing industry for nearly 30 years. Jeff has had purchasing responsibilities over three manufacturing sites for the past 12 years, and has held positions with increasing responsibility in marketing and sales, supply chain and business management prior to his purchasing roles. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Louisiana State University.
YUKA KIMOTO, Vice President, Corporate & Business Development
Yuka has over 20 years of experience in business strategy and corporate development work. Prioir to joining Lion, she worked as an investment banker at Mitsubishi UFJ Securities' New York office focusing on M&A transactions for energy, chemical and industrial sectors. She also worked as a consultant at Accenture's Tokyo office on numerous international projects. Yuka holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics from Osaka University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth.
GURKAN SUNAL, Plant Manager - Geismar, Louisiana
Gurkan has over 15 years of manufacturing experience in the chemical/petrochemical industry with the companies of Kordsa Global, Ford Otosan and Insa Nylon. Gurkan's previous roles included Plant Manager, Production and Utilities Manager and Technical Engineer. He is a six sigma black belt and has trained on Lean Production. Gurkan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering and a Master of Science degree in Polymer Science and Technology from ITU in Istanbul. He participated in the Executive Master of Business Administration program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
TONY WISENBAKER , Plant Manager - Port Neches, Texas
Tony has over 25 years of manufacturing experience in the petrochemical industry with the companies of DuPont, Imperial Chemical Industries, Ineos Acrylics, Lucite International, Huntsman Chemical and TPC Group. Tony's previous jobs include Plant Manager at two of TPC Group facilities, as well as Plant Manager for a Lucite International facility. Tony holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Lamar University.
KEITH GORDON, Director, Environmental, Health & Safety
Managing the Environmental, Health & Safety, and Security programs at multiple chemical manufacturing facilities before taking on his current role in 2011, Keith has almost 25 years of technical and leadership experience in the EH&S field. Keith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Management Systems from Louisiana State University, a Master of Science degree in Engineering from the University of New Orleans and is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps. He is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Environmental Engineering and a Certified Safety Professional (CSP).
TRUDY LORD, Director, Human Resources
Trudy has nearly 20 years of experience in the field of Human Resources, working in the industrial and healthcare industries. Prior to on boarding with Lion, she worked as the Senior Human Resource Business Partner for Ashland, Inc. Trudy holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Lamar University and a Master’s Degree from the University of Houston.