Barry Arkles, Ph.D., President
Responsibilities include general corporate development and strategic product innovation. Dr. Arkles has over 30 years of experience as an organometallic chemist and materials scientist. Prior to the founding of Gelest, Inc., he was a co-founder of Petrarch Systems, Inc., the predecessor company of Sivento America. Dr. Arkles received his doctorate from Temple University.
Kevin King, Vice President Operations
Responsible for site production and management, Mr. King has over 20 years of experience in silane and silicone production and manufacturing. Previously he was Production Manager of Petrarch Systems. He is a
founder of Gelest, Inc. and a graduate of Ursinus College.
Jack M. Platt, CPA, Vice President Finance
Responsible for finance and strategic planning of Gelest, Inc., Mr. Platt has worked for over 25 years as a Certified Public Accountant in taxation and finance. He is a graduate of Marietta College.
Gerald L. Larson, Ph.D., Vice President Research Products
Responsible for new product development and applications. Dr. Larson has over 35 years of experience in organosilicon chemistry including 16 years as Professor of Chemistry at the University of Puerto Rico. He has authored or co-authored more than 100 papers on silicon chemistry. He received his doctorate from University of California at Davis.
Joel M. Zazyczny, Vice President Silanes, Silicones & Metal Organics
Responsibilities include product management, marketing, technical service and business development for the Silanes and Metal-Organics product lines. Mr. Zazyczny has over 20 years of experience in silicon chemistry, surface modification and industrial minerals applications development, including key technical, commercial and executive positions with Hüls America, Polar Minerals & Imerys Performance Minerals. He received his B.S. in chemistry and B.A. in English Communications from Cabrini College and an M.S. in chemistry from St. Joseph’s University.
Craig Smith, NAFTA Sales Manager
Craig joined the Gelest staff in 2005. He is responsible for sales of all product lines and key account management in NAFTA. Craig has 20 years of Specialty Chemical experience with Hüls America and Degussa Corporation. He holds a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Delaware and has completed a CIBE at the Columbia University School of Business.
Mike Armstrong, Marketing Director, Gelest Ltd
Mike is responsible for the sales and marketing development of commercial quantities of Gelest products in Europe. He has 30 years of commercial experience throughout Europe in various sectors of the chemical industry, including markets for silanes and organometallics. He has a BSc in materials technology and speaks fluent German and French.