CINCINNATI — The ChemQuest Group has hired one of its longstanding clients, Robert J. (Bud) Equi, as a Director to support clientele who are assessing new technology, process and market opportunities. Equi has over 40 years of experience in global business management, business development and technology management within industrial B2B markets, including all aspects of innovation-driven business development. His work experience, spanning the Americas, Eastern Asia, and Western Europe, has culminated in many successful strategic growth opportunities and has also included facilitating problem solving teams, work on due diligence activities, change management, and integration activities.

After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering from the University of Massachusetts in 1979, Equi launched his specialty chemicals career at Rohm & Haas Co., starting in sales and subsequently in the role of Market Manager, Specialty Additives. In the interim, he completed an MBA in industrial marketing and finance at the University of Chicago.

In 1991, as Johnson Polymer's Americas Region Coatings Marketing Manager, Equi targeted attractive specialty segments, delivering new differentiated product launches that led to increased sales among major regional accounts. Subsequent roles included Americas Marketing Group Leader for Printing & Packaging and Global Business Director for Coatings, culminating in his responsibilities as Vice President of New Business Development, which he had through 2002, when he left Johnson Polymer to join allnex, where he worked from 2002 to 2019. During his tenure at allnex, Equi contributed through a number of technical management, marketing and business development roles.

"As a repeat client of ChemQuest's on a variety of projects over the past 30-years, I have always been impressed with the team's deep knowledge and ability to deliver quality solutions that consistently added tangible value," said Equi. "The addition of ChemQuest Technology Institute's expertise and application capabilities has distinguished the practice from its peers. It is a pleasure to now be able to work alongside ChemQuest colleagues delivering this world class service to clients across the coatings and specialty chemicals value chain."

According to ChemQuest CEO Dan Murad, "We warmly welcome Bud Equi as Director whose decades-long experience will aid ChemQuest clients in developing profitable, seamless solutions to inherent specialty chemicals' complexities to include business strategy, sophisticated application research, commercial and operational efficiencies, and growth objectives (both organic and inorganic)."

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