Pilot Chemical unveils revitalized strategy; COO Mike named president

Pilot Chemical unveils revitalized strategy; COO Mike named president

5:32 AM, 15th March 2019
Pilot Chemical-Mike Clark
Mike Clark.

CINCINNATI, US: Pilot Chemical Corp has launched a revitalized strategy designed to increase growth and innovation and put a deeper focus on its employees and customers. Mike Clark, currently chief operating officer of the company will oversee implementation of the strategy as the corporation’s new president. He will also retain his position as COO and continue to report to Pam Butcher, CEO.

The new strategy invests millions in the development and commercialization of new products and technologies over the next four years. It also builds a strong cultural foundation through a companywide, comprehensive Change Management program, which will be supported by formal Change Management training.

Key organizational changes include:

Strategy and Change Management emphasis: Glynn Goertzen, president of Pilot’s Liquid Minerals Group subsidiary and Pilot’s vice president of Corporate Development, will lead the launch and execution of the Change Management program along with ensuring strategic alignment across all functions. Bill Rohrer, who has been named director – Strategy and Project Management, will support Goertzen.

People-first commitment: Catherine Ochterski has been named vice president of Human Resources. In this role, she will deepen the company’s focus on recruiting, training, retaining and empowering employees.

Investment in manufacturing: Mike Bizzarro has been named director of Manufacturing, in addition to his current role as the manager of the Middletown, Ohio, manufacturing site. He will support plant managers and promote the implementation of best practices across Pilot’s five manufacturing facilities and continue to report to Chris Leedy, vice president of Manufacturing and Engineering.

Digitalization roadmap: David Waizmann has assumed the role of director – Digitalization. He will oversee the development and execution of a comprehensive digitalization road map, to include exploring more robust use of data analytics to strengthen market focus.

Information Technology to support the transformation: Mark Moser has been named director – Information Technology. He will oversee the upgrading of Pilot’s IT infrastructure companywide.

The comprehensive changes come as Pilot also begins expansion of its Middletown plant to include a small-scale production facility to test and validate technology before commercialization. The company has more than 300 employees across seven U.S. locations.

As part of this effort to make Pilot more responsive to its customers, as well as nimbler and more leading-edge, the senior leadership team has been reorganized to align against the new strategy. Various leaders will take on new roles based on the “structure follows strategy” best practice. No jobs have been eliminated in the initiative.

“Mike brings fresh eyes and experience with turning strategy into operational and financial success. He is a strong leader who brings a good line of sight to Pilot’s vision while managing the ongoing operation of our business,” said Butcher.

“Under Pam’s trusted leadership, we have achieved significant success and built a strategy that increases investment in our plants, spurs innovation and motivates our employees to accelerate growth. This will allow us to continue to focus on what’s right for our customers, employees and communities and to ensure our long-term sustainability,” added Paul Morrisroe, chairman.

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