Daubert Chemical promotes Mike Duncan to President, CEO

CHICAGO — Daubert Chemical Company Inc. recently announced a series of key promotions and new hires within the company, including the role of president and 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 throughout his tenure over the past seven years,” said Matthew McGinnis, vice president of commercial development. “Under his leadership, we’ve grown our automotive coatings business through the launch of Nox-Rust 1290HP and other products, and launched a new, innovative coating, Nox-Rust ChipShield, designed to provide enhanced durability versus road debris as well as corrosive conditions. On behalf of the rest of the leadership team here at Daubert Chemical, we are delighted to congratulate Matt Puz on his upcoming retirement, as well as to celebrate Mike’s promotion into the role of president and CEO. The insight and expertise Mike brings to the table will continue to usher in a new era of innovation at Daubert.”

Duncan brings more than 30 years of industry experience to the role – and 10 of those years have been spent with Daubert as the vice president of technology. Duncan 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. 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 Chemical Company that also includes:

  • Dr. Aaron Sanders was hired for the role of vice president of technology. Sanders brings over 20 years of experience to Daubert, and most recently held the title of R&D director - Oilfield Solutions at Stepan Company. Sanders 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 the vice president of manufacturing, succeeded Mark Pawelski as vice president of operations. Merchen will cover all of Daubert's manufacturing areas 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,” said 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.”

 

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