Michelman invests in regulatory and environmental, health and safety (EH&S) expertise

Michelman hires two new associates to lead its global teams

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Jon Hunter (Left) director, Global Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), Michelman; and Sonia Razzaque (Right) vice president, Regulatory Compliance and Product Stewardship, Michelman.

Michelman has hired two new associates to lead EH&S and regulatory compliance and product stewardship. Michelman remains committed to its triple bottom line of people, planet, and profit, and the safety and well-being of its global associates is its top priority. Additionally, Michelman is focused on being at the forefront of planet-positive change by advocating for and anticipating the impact of regulatory policy changes on its stakeholders.

Michelman’s new associates

Jon Hunter is Michelman’s new director, Global Environmental Health & Safety (EH&S), responsible for global EH&S strategic leadership, oversight, and team development. Jon has recently been at Harsco Corporation as North American EH&S director and Global Environmental director. He has over 20 years of experience leading and managing EH&S at Harsco, Eaton Corporation, Honeywell, and Delphi.

Sonia Razzaque has been tapped as the new vice president of Regulatory Compliance and Product Stewardship. She will lead the company’s global regulatory team to assure integration between product regulatory compliance, product stewardship, product management, and supply chain. She joins Michelman from Celanese, where she was the senior director Global Product Stewardship. Sonia has spent most of her 20+ year career in regulatory compliance and product stewardship, including leadership roles at Nexeo Solutions, Huntsman Corporation, Americas Styrenics LLC, and The Dow Chemical Company. 

Explains Jason Wise, Michelman’s chief financial and risk officer, “Our industry’s acceleration in safety, environmental, and product regulations continues to create a level of uncertainty throughout the entire value chain. Jon and Sonia will lead our global teams to anticipate these changes and understand their impact on our associates, customers, suppliers, and other stakeholders. We’re privileged and excited to welcome them to the Michelman team.”

Michelman is a global developer and manufacturer of environmentally friendly advanced materials for industry, offering solutions for the coatings, printing and packaging, and industrial manufacturing markets. The company’s surface additives and polymeric binders are used by leading manufacturers around the world to enhance performance attributes and add value in applications including wood and floor care products, metal and industrial coatings, paints, varnishes, inks, fibers, and composites. Michelman is also well-known as an innovator in the development of barrier and functional coatings, as well as digital printing-press primers that are used in the production of consumer and industrial packaging, paper products, labels, and commercially printed materials. Michelman serves its customers with production facilities in North America, Europe, and Asia, product development and technical service centers in several major global markets, and a worldwide team of highly trained business development personnel.

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