BRANTFORD, Ontario - GreenMantra™ Technologies, a producer of high-value waxes and other specialty materials from recycled plastics, announced three key additions to its senior leadership group designed to drive its ongoing growth strategy.
Kousay Said, a chemical industry veteran with expertise in leading both technology startups and established global chemical businesses, has been named President and Chief Executive Officer.
Ryan L’Abbe, experienced in operations, business management and business expansion strategies across multiple industries, has been named Vice President, Operations.
Domenic Di Mondo, an inorganic chemist with expertise in polymer chemistry, catalysis and conversion of waste materials to higher value products, has been promoted to Technical Director.
Both L’Abbe and Di Mondo report to Said and will serve as members of the company’s executive leadership team.
“I am pleased to have the opportunity to lead GreenMantra Technologies through its next phase of accelerated growth, as we scale up our new manufacturing plant and continue to add product offerings,” Said commented. “I am equally gratified to have Ryan and Domenic on our executive team. Each brings a wealth of business experience and technical expertise that will strengthen our ability to balance growth, quality, profitability and the needs of our customers and the marketplace.”
Said joins GreenMantra from Sirrus Inc., a manufacturer of high-performance monomers, where he served as Chief Commercial Officer. He previously was an independent advisor to private equity firms and companies in the chemical, oil and gas, renewable energy, building materials and telecom industries. His career includes 18 years as a senior executive at Dow Chemical Co., where he served in commercial leadership roles in that company’s automotive, building solutions and solar businesses.
L’Abbe comes to GreenMantra from Ice River Springs, where he served as Vice President and General Manager of its Blue Mountain Plastics Division and as a member of the company’s executive committee. He has an extensive background in the beverage, recycling and automotive sectors, with expertise in both operations and human resources management. He previously served in management roles at Labatt Breweries and Ford Motor Co.
Di Mondo has been with GreenMantra since its formation in 2010, serving as Research and Development Manager and overseeing the scale-up of the company’s proprietary catalytic technology from the lab to the company’s pilot facility and on through commercialization. He is an inorganic synthetic chemist with specialization in high-temperature and pressure catalysis. Prior to joining GreenMantra, Di Mondo worked to develop and evaluate new technologies for transforming sugar alcohols derived from biomass into higher value fine chemicals.
GreenMantra Technologies utilizes a proprietary catalytic system and patented process to cost-effectively transform recycled plastics into high-value waxes, greases, lubricants and other specialty chemicals. These materials have a broad range of applications in the coatings, plastics, adhesives, roofing and paving industries. GreenMantra’s first-generation products include custom wax formulations and drop-in replacement waxes that are used in the production of roofing shingles, rubber, coatings, asphalt and plastic color masterbatch. Other markets include engineered wood, plastics extrusion, hot melt adhesives, textiles, inks, cabling, drilling fluid and lubricants.
GreenMantra is finalizing construction of a new, state-of-the-art modular manufacturing plant in Brantford, Ontario. Upon completion later this spring, the plant will significantly expand the company’s production capacity for existing and new products, while demonstrating on a commercial scale the small-plant footprint and modular capability of its technology.