2018 Expert Speakers

The following industry experts spoke at the TiO2 World Summit  2018:

  • Reg Adams

    Chief Executive Artikol

    After graduating in Chemistry & Economics from Birmingham University, 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. At British Sulphur (now CRU) during the 1970s, he edited a range of publications on industrial chemicals and fertiliser raw materials. His first book Titanium & Titanium Dioxide (ISBN 0903199793) was published by Financial Times Business Books in May 1984. His seventh and most recent book Titanium Minerals: Global Industry, Market & Outlook (ISBN 9781910922088) was published by Roskill in August 2016. Reg Adams has also been retained as an expert witness in matters of commercial litigation or investment scrutiny and he has been commissioned as a speaker at more than 60 international conferences, including each of the TiO2 conferences hosted by Smithers (and predecessor companies) since 1992. He has also chaired a number of conference sessions. 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 and edits the monthly bulletin Focus on Pigments and the quarterly TiO2 Worldwide Update. For further details, see http://www.artikol.com.

    • United Kingdom
  • Steven R. Aubuchon, Ph.D.

    Product Specialist W.L. Gore & Associates

    Steve Aubuchon is a Product Specialist for W.L. Gore & Associates, managing the global chemicals dry filtration segment.  He joined Gore in 2017, with an extensive background in product management, business development and technical sales.  Steve earned a Ph.D. in physical chemistry from Duke University and a B.S. in chemistry from St. Louis University. 

    In addition to his commitment at Gore, Steve is an affiliated faculty member in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Delaware.  He actively collaborates with a variety of academic research groups in polymer science and materials characterization applications.

  • Sebastian Babilon, M.Sc.

    M. Sc. Laboratory of Lighting Technology, Technical University of Darmstadt

    Sebastian Babilon received an M.Sc. degree in physics from the Technische Universität Darmstadt, Germany (2014). Since then he has been working at the Laboratory of Lighting Technology in Darmstadt as a research assistant and doctoral candidate. His current work is focused on memory related colorperception and the spectral optimization of multi-channel LED luminaires for improved observer preference.

  • Doreen Becker

    Global Insight & Innovation Senior Manager Ampacet

    Doreen Becker, Global Insight and Innovation Senior Manager at Ampacet, has more than 20 years of experience in the technical application of color in plastics and insight development for brand owners and their products. Becker holds a B.S. in Analytical Chemistry from King's College and an M.F.A. from New School University - Parsons in New York. She has more than 10 international patents and has written and presented papers globally.

    Becker has written her first book entitled, "Color Trends & Selection for Product Design" published by Elsevier in June 2016.

  • Nic Bilham

    Research Associate Satarla Ltd.

    Nic’s first degree was in History and Philosophy of Science (University of Cambridge), and he has an MSc in Science and Technology Policy (SPRU, University of Sussex).  Nic worked at the Geological Society of London from 1997 to 2018 in a variety of roles, most recently as Director of Policy and Communications.  With his team he was responsible for the Society’s education, policy and media activities, links with other organisations in the UK and internationally, development of the Society’s science programme, and strategic planning. 

    Nic is now based at the University of Exeter, where he is researching responsible sourcing and certification of minerals.  He is an Executive Council member of the International Association for Promoting Geoethics (IAPG), and a trustee of Geology for Global Development (GfGD).

  • William Clarke

    Reporter Industrial Minerals

    William Clarke is a Reporter for Industrial Minerals.

  • Gerry Colamarino

    Managing Director TiPMC Solutions

    Gerry Colamarino is currently the Managing Director of TiPMC Solutions LLC, specializing in consulting activities within the TiO2 value chain, including feedstock, pigment, metals, and chemicals. He has over 20 years of international experience within the chemical, mining, and energy industries, having had multiple professional and leadership positions within DuPont Titanium Technologies, the world’s largest TiO2 producer, as well as Iluka Resources, a leading producer of titanium feedstocks and zircon, and Bloom Energy’s Strategic Materials organization.  Gerry’s experiences include business management positions for DuPont’s Minerals, Titanium Intermediates, and Electrical Insulation Systems businesses. He has led multiple business development efforts, including the high growth DuPont Titanium Tetrachloride, expanding the business in 9 countries and including a landmark agreement with Allegheny Technologies, supplying TiCl4 to its Utah Titanium Sponge facility, resulting in over $300M of new revenues.  As the Product Manager for Titanium for Iluka Resources, he led the program to create new products, optimizing existing resources and mineral processes, leading to two new products and Millions USD new sales. He has led numerous strategic initiatives and studies, creating the business plan for Bloom Energy’s Strategic Materials, the roadmap and commercial structure for new beneficiation technology, and product development and launch for multiple businesses.  He has multiple accomplishments in operations optimization and project management, including significant cost and working capital improvements while managing DTT’s complex feedstock supply chain.

    Gerry is best known for his unique ability to combine creativity and strong strategic thinking with a practical, disciplined approach, gained from multiple experiences combined with functional expertise in a variety of areas.  He has broad international experience, having conducted business in over 20 countries. His industry knowledge expands beyond the titanium value chain, having consulted with a number of DuPont’s current and former businesses in product management and sourcing.  He has an extensive alternative energy background, serving as DuPont’s lead for alternative energy sourcing, and working on international marketing opportunities for Bloom Energy, one of Silicon Valley’s hottest alternative energy companies, focused on cutting edge fuel cell technology.

    Gerry resides outside of Wilmington, DE in Landenberg, PA, with his wife, Lee, and his two children, Anna and Jack.  He is active in his community, coaching multiple athletic teams and serves on his parish leadership council. He enjoys travel and golf, and all opportunities to combine both interests.


  • Bill Eibon

    Founder, Chief Scientist Adawe Material Science LTD

    Bill Eibon has been a leader in technology, industrial design and manufacturing of polymeric and coatings systems for over 35 years.  He held a wide range of senior leadership and change agent roles during his three-decade career at PPG Industries.  His commercial and operational experiences include Global Technical Director of waterborne coatings, color science, process engineering.  He has been a thought leader for industrial color design, digital color assets and coatings technology for the global Automotive OEM industry.  He has been actively scouting and developing disruptive technologies for the past 5 years. 

    Bill retired from PPG in February 2019.  He is currently Founder and Chief Scientist at Adawe Material Science LTD where he focuses on collaborative technology and business development initiatives between start up and established entities.  He serves as technical and executive advisor for several material science companies

    He joined HygraTek LLC. as Vice President of Commercialization in Q1 2019.  HygraTek is a specialty coatings company specializing in reactive surfaces. 

    He holds a BSc. Chemistry degree from Baldwin Wallace University, and has a passion for collaborative development & commercialization of leading-edge technologies.

    • USA
  • Ivar S. Fossum

    CEO Nordic Mining ASA

    Mr. Fossum holds a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Science and Technology in Trondheim, Norway (NTNU). He has previously held various managerial and commercial positions within the Norwegian oil and gas industry and the fertilizer industry.

    • Mr. Fossum has served 3 years as General Manager of Norsk Hydro East Africa Ltd. in Nairobi, Kenya.
    • Mr. Fossum has served as CEO for Nordic Mining ASA since 2006.
  • Louis Gallois

    Business Development Manager Orano TN

    In his current role, Louis has spent 2 Years as Business Development Manager for Orano TN - Business Line Transport Projects & Operations – Development of new class 7 transport solution for material within nuclear cycle from the mines up to the nuclear plants and for the transport of class 7 materials not wihtin nulcear cycle (Monasite, Bastnasite, Tantalite, Cobalt-60,…) worldwide (Africa, Oceania, Asia, South America, Europe, North America, Canada)

    Additional experience includes:

    • 3 Years as Project Manager for Orano TN - Business Line Transport Projects & Operations – In charge of class 7 transport within nuclear cycle from the mines up to the nuclear plants (African mines, delivery of of the French fuel to the nuclear plants,..)
    • 2 Years as Scheduling Manager – AREVA - Large Project – Member of the offer team to sale nuclear plants
    • 2 Years as R&D Engineer - ArcelorMittal – Long Carbon Europe - Development of new structural solutions in Steel for building
  • Robert Gibney

    General Manager Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Sales Iluka Resources

    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.

    [Gibney_Robert] 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.

  • Bruce Griffin

    Senior Vice President Strategic Development Lomon Billions

    Bruce Griffin joined Lomon Billions in 2017 as Senior Vice President Strategic Development. His role is to lead the company’s domestic and international expansion in feedstock, pigment and titanium metal. Bruce is an experienced executive with international experience in mining, oil and gas, chemicals and agribusiness.

    Prior to Lomon Billions, Bruce was CEO of TZMI (2014 to 2016) and World Titanium Resources (2011 to 2013) and held a number of positions over seven years at BHP Billiton including four years as Vice President Titanium where he was responsible for BHP Billiton’s titanium business, including the Richards Bay Minerals joint venture with Rio Tinto and the Corridor Sands and Tigen projects in Mozambique.

    His career started at Shell working as an engineer and economist in New Zealand, Venezuela and the Netherlands. Bruce has also worked as a consultant for Bain and Company and as a senior executive at GrainCorp in Australia. Bruce holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical and Process Engineering, a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and an MBA.

  • Dr. Alexander Haunschild

    Managing Director & Senior VP Global Pigments BASF Colors & Effects GmbH

    Dr. Alexander Haunschild holds a doctorate degree in chemistry and spent his entire career in different business responsibilities serving the coatings industry. Soon after he started his professional career with BASF in Ludwigshafen in the late 1990s, he got promoted to General Manager for one of BASF’s subsidiaries in Japan. Following several international positions in Business Management, he took over the European Automotive OEM Coatings Solutions business of BASF Coatings in Münster in 2011.

    Being passionate about ever new ways to make a difference in the market and support customers’ growth ambitions, the Chief Executive lately took responsibility to newly set-up BASF’s global pigments business. To strengthen the global market leader position, he established BASF Colors & Effects as BASF’s independent daughter company solely focused on pigments in 2016.

    With production facilities on all continents, his business serves more than 5,000 customers in the coatings, cosmetics, printing, plastics and agro industries globally.

  • Max Lewis

    President Cymax LLC

    Max Lewis began his career in Ponca City, Oklahoma, as a Research Engineer with Conoco Inc. in their Chemicals Division.  However, Conoco Inc. was subsequently acquired by DuPont, and in 1987, Max transferred to DuPont’s Johnsonville, Tennessee TiO2 plant where he was responsible for pigment finishing technology and product quality.  He later transferred to Wilmington, Delaware where he was responsible for DuPont’s TiO2 product development and sales technical service functions for the coatings segment.  Max subsequently assumed a marketing role at DuPont, where he led the global TiO2 market assessment and planning process which analyzed DuPont’s competitive position in the market place and proposed guidelines for achieving greater growth of TiO2 pigment into international markets. 

    Max left his marketing management position at DuPont and joined Sherwin-Williams as Director of Applied Research but was soon thereafter appointed Vice President – R&D supporting the long-term research, new product development, and product commercialization efforts for the domestic US divisions serving the architectural market segments which distributed product through paint stores, retailers, dealers, home centers, and big box outlets.  In January 2008, Max was appointed Vice President – Global Innovation for The Sherwin-Williams Company responsible for corporate TiO2 development ventures and for leveraging the company’s research & development, manufacturing technology, and technical service capabilities into international markets.   

    Max retired from The Sherwin-Williams Company in 2014 and assumed an entrepreneurial role for the University of Akron Research Foundation commercializing innovative technologies.  In addition, Max started accepting TiO2 consulting assignments for selected TiO2 manufacturers and end-users relating to new product development, process improvement, and product quality.  

    Max served as President of the Board of Directors of the Paint Research Association (PRA) located in London, UK until its merger with Pera International in 2009.  He subsequently served on Pera International’s board until the end of 2017.  While working for Sherwin-Williams, Max was as a member of the Ohio Polymer Strategy Council and on the Board of Advisors for the Ohio BioProducts Innovation Council (OBIC).  Max still serves on the Advancement Council for the College of Business at the University of Akron.   

    Max earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Chemical Engineering from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he graduated Valedictorian of the College of Engineering and Technology.   Max later earned an MBA degree from Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma. 

  • Robert J. McCunney, MD, MPH, MS

    Practicing Physician and Research Scientist Harvard Medical School, Chair of Scientific Advisory Group

    Dr. McCunney is an internist who is also board certified in occupational and environmental medicine. He is a practicing physician in the Pulmonary Division of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston and a member of the Harvard Medical School faculty. His clinical and research practice focuses on occupational and environmental illnesses. He is also a research scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where he participates in epidemiological research of occupational and environmental health hazards and co-teaches a course in public health and epidemiology. He is also a visiting research professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he regularly lectures and where he serves as a member of the residency advisory committee (RAC) of the occupational and environmental medicine residency program.

    Dr. McCunney received a BS in chemical engineering from Drexel University, a MS in environmental health from the University of Minnesota, an MD from the Thomas Jefferson University Medical School and an MPH from the Harvard School of Public Health. He completed training in internal medicine at Northwestern University Medical Center in Chicago.

    Dr. McCunney is past president of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (ACOEM), the world’s largest professional organization of physicians specializing in occupational and environmental medicine. He has edited five textbooks and over 110 peer-reviewed published articles and book chapters. He is the Editor of all three editions of the textbook, A Practical Approach to Occupational and Environmental Medicine. He has received awards from international, national and regional medical societies over his career for his work in occupational and environmental medicine.

  • Frank J. Mitsch

    Senior Managing Director Fermium Research

    Frank recently formed Fermium Research in conjunction with Analyst Hub after spending the previous 7+ years with Wells Fargo Securities. Based in New York, Mitsch’s coverage includes commodity, specialty, and agricultural chemicals.  He joined Wells Fargo Securities from BB&T Capital Markets and has covered the chemicals space for more than 20 years. Mitsch began his career as a chemicals consultant with Kline & Company, living in both the US and Europe, and then went on to work with Betz Laboratories, a specialty chemicals company.   

    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
  • Michael H. Ober, PhD

    Global Product Regulatory Leader The Chemours Company

    Michael Ober obtained a PhD in Organic Chemistry in 2005 from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

    He began his career at DuPont in R&D focusing on the development of novel additives for paints and coatings and transitioned to The Chemours Company in 2015.  During his time with Chemours he has worked in new product development within the Titanium Technologies business and more recently taken on a new role as Global Product Regulatory Leader and member of the TDMA.

  • Tara Ocenar

    Product Development & Innovation Manager at the Canadian Innovation Center The Estee Lauder Companies

    Tara Ocenar began her journey with Estee Lauder Companies in 2004.  Tara's creativity and background focuses on product development, colour theory, nuances of pigments, dimensional pearls and the art of shade matching. Tara has developed skills to actively listen to multiple trends sources and multiple social media platforms to identify how macro trends transition into the beauty space.

  • Karen Schultz

    Materials Engineer Boeing Research & Technology

    Karen Schultz is a Materials Engineer for Boeing Research & Technology in Seattle, Washington, where she has focused on developing next generation coating and sealant technologies. Key projects have included the development of accelerated cure polyurethane coatings and surface preparation techniques for finishing thermoplastic composites, as well as test methodologies for rapid assessment of coating durability. Prior to joining Boeing, Karen worked for Johnson & Johnson, in the areas of pharmaceutical and medical device formulation development, and later joined Semprus BioSciences, where she led the Polymer Characterization and Analytical Sciences group. Karen has a BS in Chemistry from Valparaiso University and a PhD in Materials Chemistry from the University of Minnesota.

  • Dr. Christopher Seubert

    Research Engineer Ford Research and Innovation Center

    Dr. Seubert received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his M.S./Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, all in Materials Science and Engineering.  He is a Research Engineer working in the Paint Research Group at Ford’s Research and Innovation Center.  He has worked at Ford for the last 17 years and has explored a range of topics including UV/EB cure, scratch and mar, weathering and durability, and most recently, the measurement and modeling of paint colors.  

  • Reinhard Surmann

    Sales Manager Specialty Chemical HAVER & BOECKER USA

    Reinhard Surmann joined HAVER & BOECKER in 1984 and became part of the Chemical Business Unit in 1992. Today, his role consists of leading the Specialty Chemical Group globally. His focus is on new packaging innovations for all powdery chemical products. In that role, he follows the Pigment and Titanium Dioxide business globally with key markets in Asia, Europe and the Americas.

  • Dr. Karin Tynelius

    Market Analyst Industry Consultant

    During the past five years, Karin has been based in London, UK, working in the sales team as the market analyst for TiO2 feedstock producer TiZir.  TiZir produce TiO2 ores at the GCO mine in Senegal and TiO2 slag at TTI’s smelter in Tyssedal, Norway.

    Karin brings a wide range of experiences from the mining, metallurgical and chemical industry.  She started her career at Sandvik Steel in Sweden before moving to the United States to pursue her doctoral degree. She then worked in research for Rio Tinto Alcan in Canada before moving to France where she joined Air Liquide.  In 1999, Karin joined the French mining and metallurgical company Eramet in Paris, France, where she held various positions in technical development before joining TiZir.

    This background has given Karin a substantial know-how in the management of process and product development. Karin believes the raw materials industry enters an exciting era with increasing pressure for the industry to achieve sustainable growth in global markets, and she is happy to be able to contribute to the TiO2 Summit.

    Karin received her MS degree in Metallurgy and Materials Engineering from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm in 1988, Sweden, and her PhD from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA, USA in 1992.

  • Ken Walker

    Senior Staff Scientist Sherwin-Williams

    Ken joined the Sherwin-Williams Co in 1988 and is currently a staff scientist at the companies Breen Technology Center in Cleveland, Ohio.  His research at Sherwin-Williams is focused mainly on white hide, materials that contribute to opacity and the measurement of light scattering efficiency in coatings.  Prior to joining SW, Ken also worked 7 years as a materials scientist with the Diamond Shamrock Corp.

    While at Sherwin-Williams Ken has worked on the development of a number of materials used in coatings including foam control agents, anti-corrosive pigments, flame retardants and pigments.  He has received a number of corporate technical achievement and cost savings awards, including twice being recognized with the Percy Neyman award, the company’s highest technical achievement award.

    Ken has been granted seven US patents, the most recent dealing with the use of opacifying pigment clusters in low sheen paint compositions.  He is also the author of a number of publications and presentations.  In 2007 he was presented the Kitts-Kingley Award for best presentation at the International Wire and Cable Symposium.  In 2010 he was recognized with the Jack Spergel Memorial Award for Outstanding technical paper at the same conference. 

    Ken is a graduate of Boston University with a Ph.D. in physical chemistry.  He also holds a Master’s Degree in inorganic chemistry.