ITASCA, IL – Fitz Chem LLC announced the planned retirement of Don Deihs, effective Sept. 30, 2019. Deihs has successfully led the organization for the last 15 years. His financial acumen and market awareness culminated in the successful sale of Fitz Chem to Nagase Group in 2017, which preserved the company’s go-to-market approach and effective team, resulting in immediate accretion to Nagase in North America.

“I congratulate Don on his retirement. He has been an important business partner to Nagase and a good friend. Moreover, I am also pleased that Don will continue as an advisor to both the Nagase Holdings of America Advisory Board and Fitz Chem on strategic matters, and I look forward to his contribution on the recently named Prinova Board of Directors, assisting us with our latest North American acquisition,” said Ryuichi Uchida, Chief Executive Officer of Nagase Americas.

“I am also pleased to announce that as part of our planned succession, Mark Miller, currently Vice President - CARE, will ascend to the presidency on October 1st. Mark has over 32 years of experience in the process industries of steel and chemicals and has successfully led businesses on the producer and distribution side. I’m confident in his ability to lead Fitz Chem’s overall growth in the performance chemicals and life and healthcare segments as we seek to expand our product line representation while adding services to our business,” added Uchida.

Fitz Chem also announced that Mark Dailey will join the company as Director, CARE, replacing Miller. Dailey has experience leading distribution companies and a strong background guiding the transformation of personal care ingredients producers. “I’m very proud to have Mark Dailey join and lead our CARE team as we continue to evolve our business,” said Miller. “His technical knowledge and past leadership will certainly build our presence in the personal care, HI&I and OTC pharma segments.”