2017 Advisory Board

  • Reg Adams

    Chief Executive Artikol

    After graduating in Chemistry & Economics from Birmingham University in July 1968, Reg Adams began his career at Amalgamated Metal and was later seconded to English China Clays (now Imerys), where he wrote his MBA thesis on company growth as part of the postgraduate degree awarded by Bath University. As an analyst, Reg compiled background data and reports supporting go/no-go investment decisions on projects associated with antimony, aluminium, cobalt, nickel, salt and chloralkalis. 

    During the 1970s, he was Managing Editor at British Sulphur Corporation, in charge of a range of journals and books on sulphuric acid and other industrial chemicals and raw materials. His own first book Titanium & Titanium Dioxide was published by Financial Times Business Books in May 1984. He has subsequently co-authored five other books and multiclient studies on TiO2. Over the years, he has written articles for many of the leading paint, paper, mining and chemical industry magazines. Reg Adams has been retained as an expert witness in matters of commercial litigation and has led or participated in a number of management consultancies, calling for expertise in TiO2 pigments, titanium and zirconium minerals. He has provided telephone consultancy services in these spheres of expertise for a number of private equity funds and other investors, usually in the form of 60-90 minute conference calls, arranged by McGraw-Hill, J.P.Morgan, et al. Reg Adams been a speaker or chairman at more than 40 specialist conferences around the world covering pigments or minerals, hosted by Smithers Rapra (and its predecessors, Pira and Intertech), Metal Bulletin, Vincentz, AJM/Informa and others.

    His company - Artikol (founded in 1977) - specialises in market intelligence and publishing on mining and chemicals. Drawing on Artikol’s extensive information database, Reg Adams compiles Focus on Pigments, launched by the Royal Society of Chemistry (of Cambridge, England) in July 1993 and nowadays published by Elsevier (of Amsterdam, Netherlands). The widely acclaimed TiO2 Worldwide Update – originally a joint venture between Artikol and IBMA and nowadays solely compiled and published by Artikol  - is now in its 24th year of publication. This independent bimonthly publication typically runs to 40-60 pages and provides comprehensive coverage of all the industry's news and developments, backed by detailed analysis and penetrating insight.

    A full list of the published works of Reg Adams and a full guide to Artikol's range of activities can be found on our website: http://www.artikol.com.

    • United Kingdom
  • Robert Gibney

    General Manager - Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales Iluka

    Robert Gibney is General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales for Iluka Resources, based in Raleigh, North Carolina, United States. 

    Mr. Gibney has over 30 years of pigment industry experience, having spent over 21 years with Tronox/Kerr-McGee Chemical in a wide variety of management positions, including Vice President Global Pigment Marketing, Vice President Investor Relations and Corporate Affairs, Senior Vice President Global Supply Chain and Chief Administrative Officer.

    Having joined Iluka on February 1, 2014, Mr. Gibney is focused on developing Iluka’s TiO2 feedstock sale strategies along with increasing the TiO2 expertise within the company.

  • Frank J. Mitsch

    Managing Director and Senior Analysts Wells Fargo Securities

    Frank J. Mitsch joined Wells Fargo in May 2011 as a managing director and senior analyst. Based in New York, Mitsch’s coverage includes the commodity, specialty, and agricultural chemicals sectors. He joined Wells Fargo Securities from BB&T Capital Markets and has covered the chemicals space for more than 15 years. Mitsch began his career as a chemicals consultant with Kline & Company, an international management consulting firm, where he advised both US and European clients.

    Mr. Mitsch received his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from the Stevens Institute of Technology, where he was a member of the record–setting lacrosse team.  He holds an MBA with a concentration in finance from M.S.U. 

    • USA
  • Peter O'Sullivan

    Global Sales Leader Chemours Titanium Technologies

    Peter began his career with DuPont in 1984 in an accounting role in the Chemicals and Pigments Department in Wilmington, DE.  Over the next seven years Peter had numerous business services roles including assignments at DuPont Titanium Technologies’ (DTT) manufacturing sites in New Johnsonville, TN, DeLisle, MS and Edge Moor, DE.  In 1991 Peter changed career direction by accepting an assignment in DTT's Minerals Business as a salesperson/product manager.  Over the next twelve years he held a series of assignments including: TiO2 sales in Texas, Marketing Services Manager for DTT, Business Manager for Mineral Products, and Global SAP Manager of Change.

    From 2002-2006 Peter was North America Sales Manager - Coatings.

    Peter was named Global Marketing Leader in March 2007.  As Global Marketing Leader he led an organization responsible for price and market strategy, product and offering design and management, demand planning, competitive intelligence and branding.  Pete and his organization are also accountable for sales competency development for the business. 

    In December 2013 Peter was named Global Sales Leader - DTT.  His global organization is accountable for establishing and executing key strategic initiatives at DTT’s largest key accounts around the world.  Peter continues to be accountable for DTT’s global functional marketing organizations.

    Peter is a graduate of the University of Delaware with degrees in Accounting and Finance. He lives in Wilmington, Delaware.

    • USA
  • Guy Parker

    Public Affairs Manager Titanium Dioxide Manufacturers Association (TDMA)

    Guy has been working in Brussels since 1999. He has held a number of positions in European organisations since completing an internship with the European Commission in 2000. After working with the EU Committee of the American Chamber of Commerce, he spent four years in SME support with the former Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry. This was followed by nearly nine years with FORATOM, the European representation for the nuclear energy industry. Since the beginning of 2015, Guy works at Cefic, the European Chemical Industry Council, firstly in energy policy and since September 2016, as Manager for Public Affairs under the Specialty Chemicals division.

  • Jean-Fran├žois Turgeon

    Executive Vice President Tronox

    Jean-Fran├žois Turgeon serves as Executive Vice President since joining Tronox on January 1, 2014. He oversees the combined business operations of the company’s Mineral Sands and Pigment & Electrolytic Divisions.

    Turgeon brings decades of experience in leadership positions in the global titanium dioxide business.  He joined Tronox from the Rio Tinto Group, where he served for more than 24 years, most recently in London as managing director of its $3 billion iron and titanium division.  In that role, he had oversight over international TiO2 operations in Canada, South Africa, and Madagascar, and regional sales offices in the Americas, Europe, Africa and the Middle East, and Asia and the Pacific.  Previously, he held several executive, mining operations, and chemical research engineering positions in Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide business unit.

    Turgeon holds a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from Universite Laval in Quebec City and a master’s degree in hydrometallurgy from McGill University in Montreal.

     

    • USA
  • Wu Zhonghui

    Founder and Managing Director Kcomber

    Mr. Wu has worked in the chemical industry as a senior government official, and he was a factory director before he founded Kcomber. With his strategic vision, extensive administration experience and solid knowledge, Mr. Wu has led Kcomber to become a leading data and Business Intelligence provider focused on China and the Asia Pacific Rim. Kcomber as a brand has been highly respected among international counterparts.

    In his early years in Kcomber, Mr. Wu led the company to build robust methodology in research that focuses on being accurate, complete and timely. In recent years, Mr. Wu has been leading Kcomber to integrate advanced technologies and consultancy capacities to provide a web based online database called ValoTracer, the largest data driven online platform in China suited for investors and corporations. With a decade’s development, Kcomber major brand, CCM, now runs 17 newsletters and 400 industry & product reports, monitors 2000 product prices, consumption, producers and import/export information, and provides tailored consultancy service upon demand.

    Mr.Wu is a Chinese market expert himself. He has been working closely with clients from crop protection and seed industry giants, helping multi-national companies to grow and expand in China’s world second largest market. He has been invited to speak in numerous forums and summits. Mr.Wu’s knowledge and leadership have been respected by executives of world leading corporations such as Monsanto and BASF.

    Mr. Wu earned a B.S degree in Polymers from Tianjin University in 1991 and a M.S. degree in high polymer from South China University of Technology in 1996. He and his wife have two sons.

    • China