Antonios Grigoriou, President & CEO
Antonios Grigoriou [Tony] was elected in 2011 as President and CEO of SDC Technologies with a focus on continuing SDC’s Technology leadership and growing the company’s global market base for high-performance coating systems.
Tony joined SDC Technologies in 2003, having previously worked for Borden Chemical, Blagden Chemical and BP Chemicals and has extensive global business experience in managing Commodity and Specialty Chemicals businesses.
Tony holds a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, a Postgraduate Diploma in Marketing and an MBA with Distinction from Cardiff Business School, Wales. He is a Chartered Chemist via the Royal Society of Chemistry and a Chartered Marketer via the Chartered Institute of Marketing.
Richard Chang, Chief Operating Officer & General Manager
Richard Chang is the Chief Operating Officer for SDC Technologies, Inc. and General Manager of FSI Coating Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC. Richard has global responsibility for sales, technical support, marketing, operations, EHS, supply chain, purchasing and customer care. In addition, as a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Richard focuses on developing and executing SDC’s global corporate strategy.
Prior to joining SDC and FSI, Richard held several Director level positions at Valspar Corporation as Director of Business Development, Operations, Quality and Technology. An 18 year veteran of the specialty chemicals industry, Richard has delivered significant revenue and operating profit growth in a wide variety of global markets and industries.
Richard holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and an Executive MBA (with honors and distinction) from Southern Methodist University (Cox) in Dallas, TX.
Yutaka Yamamoto, Chief Financial Officer
Yutaka Yamamoto is Chief Financial Officer of SDC Technologies and is responsible for global financial reporting, compliance, human resources and information technology for the company. In addition, he is a member of the Executive Leadership Team and actively participates in developing and executing corporate-wide business strategies.
Prior to joining SDC and for the past 23 years Yutaka held various positions within Mitsui Chemicals, Inc. including five years as the Director of Accounting for Mitsui Chemicals America in New York.
Yutaka received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from University of Tokyo, Japan.
Sapna Blackburn, Vice-President Technology
Dr. Sapna Blackburn is the Vice President of Technology for SDC Technologies, with responsibility for Product Development, Technology Platform Development, Analytical/Technical Services and Quality Control. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Sapna participates in the development and execution of SDC’s global corporate strategies.
Sapna joined SDC Technologies in April 2010 from SABIC Innovative Plastics (formerly GE Plastics) where she held the position of Global Film Technology Manager for the Specialty Film and Sheet Business Unit. A 13 year veteran of the thermoplastics industry, Sapna has delivered a wide array of material solutions for Consumer, Electronic/Electrical and Automotive markets and authored over 20 US and international patent publications.
Sapna holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Chemical Plant Engineering from the University of Mumbai, Mumbai, India; a Master of Science in Polymer Science and Engineering and a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering from the Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA. Sapna is a GE certified Six Sigma Blackbelt.
Loh Boon Chye, President of SDC Technologies, Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Loh Boon Chye is President of SDC Technologies, Asia-Pacific. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing all operations including manufacturing, shipping and logistics, customer care, sales and quality assurance for the Asia Pacific region. As an active member of the Executive Leadership Team, Loh Boon Chye leads SDC’s Asia Pacific operations strategy.
Boon Chye joined SDC Technologies in October 2014. Prior to joining SDC, Boon Chye was a Board Director of Mitsui Chemicals Asia Pacific (MCAP) where he oversaw the project planning and supply chain teams at MCAP which support the feasibility studies and implementation of Mitsui Chemicals Inc.’s (MCI) investment projects, as well as the petrochemical feedstock procurement and end-product logistics requirements of MCI’s affiliates, in Singapore and the SEA region. A seasoned professional, Boon Chye has held previous positions as the Director at the Singapore Economic Development Board (EDB), the leading government agency for planning and executing strategies to enhance Singapore’s position as a global business center. During his 9-year tenure there, Boon Chye spearheaded Singapore’s development and investment promotion in the energy, petrochemicals, and specialty chemicals industry cluster.
Boon Chye has a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
César Collazo, Managing Director Europe
César Collazo is Managing Director for SDC Technologies Europe. In this role, César is responsible for championing the company’s European growth and expansion.
César joined SDC in March 2007 from Wacker Chemie GmbH, where he held the position of General Manager for the Spanish and Portuguese market. In addition he was responsible Key Account Manager for a worldwide active account throughout all business units. Prior to that he was Business Development Manager for Wacker Chemie GmbH within the automotive industry for the German market.
Within this field he holds a patent related to binders for non-woven binders. César holds a German Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry as Catalytic Systems.
John Quinn, Vice-President & General Manager
John Quinn is the Vice President and General Manager of LTI Coating Technologies, LLC (LTI). John is responsible for Product Development, Sales and Marketing Strategies for LTI’s sustainable coating products, focused on rapid UV- cure and solvent-free environmentally friendly technologies. Before joining SDC in 2014, John was President of LTI since 1996. Prior to that, he was Director of European Operations for ADAC Laboratories, the world leader in nuclear medicine diagnostic imaging systems. John is active in a number of industry and business associations including Vistage and The Vision Council, where he served as Chairman of the Anti-Reflective Committee for 5 years.
John received his undergraduate degree in Economics from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Stanford.
Karl Davenport, Vice-President Operations
Karl Davenport is the Vice President of Operations for SDC Technologies, with responsibility for the development and implementation of the global strategic operations plan. As a member of the Executive Leadership Team, Karl participates in the advancement and execution of SDC’s global facilities infrastructure, safety, quality, and supply chain operations. He has more than 25 years of experience in the coatings industry.
Karl joined SDC Technologies in 2011 as the Operations Director and was most recently the Director of Global Operations at SDC. Previously Karl worked for The Valspar Corporation and Lilly Industries for 20+ years where he held various coatings formulation, quality control, project management and operations positions for new coatings factories in Ireland and China . He was Assistant Operations Director in Canada and finally Plant Manager at Ellis Paint Company in Los Angeles, California just prior to joining SDC.
Karl holds a Bachelor of Science in Polymers and Coating Technology from Eastern Michigan University and completed the Program for Management Development at the University of North Carolina.