Frank Bergonzi
CEO and President, Americas

Frank has over 34 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry. Previously, he was CEO and President of KODA Distribution Group. Prior to that, he was Director, Corporate Distribution at  BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical producers. Prior to BASF, Frank held numerous key management positions with Fortune 100 Companies, including Dow Chemical, Witco Corporation, OSi Specialties and Union Carbide. He is a former Board Member of the NACD, and served as Chairman of the Supplier Advisory Panel, in addition to his role as a Board Trustee of the Chemical Education Fund. 

Frank has been named to the Azelis Board of Directors. He is also an active member in the Chemical Club of New England (CCNE), Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), American Coatings Association (ACA), and Drug, Chemical and Associated Trade (DCAT). Frank has a BS in Chemical Engineering from The University of Connecticut.

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Terry Moriarty
Chief Financial Officer, Americas

Terry began his career with Ernst and Young (formerly Arthur Young & Co.) as a CPA performing accounting, auditing and tax services. After 8 years with Ernst, he joined PepsiCo, where he spent 11 years in various roles, including Director of Corporate Audit, Controller and CFO of their FLA bottling operation. Subsequent to PepsiCo, Terry spent 9 years as CFO/President of $300M Hoyts Cinemas Corp. His most recent role was as CFO of United Site Services (USS), a $200M construction services firm. Terry graduated from Boston College with a BS in Accounting and is a CPA.

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Holly Daley
Managing Director, Chemical Industries / Rubber & Plastics Additives / Lubricants & Metal Working Fluids / Food & Health

Holly Daley has over 20 years of experience in Chemical Distribution. Holly began her career in GE’s Technical Sales Program (Houston, TX) after several years Holly joined Monson Companies. Holly’s experience and career flourished with Monson as it transitioned via acquisition from a commodity distributor to a specialty chemical distributor. As Senior VP of Specialties for the past 8 years, Holly spent a great deal of her time shaping Monson’s position in the specialties space and worked closely with key Supplier Partners. Additionally, Holly was responsible for Monson’s small Life Sciences Business Unit. In February 2017, Holly returned to run Marcor and the newly formed Food and Health Market Segment.  Previously from December 2014 to December 2015, Holly was  Executive VP/General Manager of Marcor.   Holly has a BS from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.

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Steve Burt
Managing Director, Specialty Agri/Horti

Steve has 30 years of experience in the Agricultural and Specialty chemical business. He started his career in the UK and has held various sales and management positions in Europe and the US before joining SPP from Bayer CropScience in 2007. During his career Steve has been involved in several industry associations, including the National Pest Management Association (NPMA) and Responsible Industry for a Sound Environment (RISE). Steve has an MBA from Trinity College and a BSc in Agriculture.

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Dan Gruber
Managing Director, CASE

Dan Gruber has 27 years experience in the chemical distribution industry. For 12 years Dan was President of GMZ Inc. before being appointed Managing Director of CASE in 2016. For his entire career, Dan has focused his expertise on the Coatings, Inks, Adhesives, Elastomers and Plastics markets. Dan has a BS/BA from Xavier University.

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Jean-Pierre Pelchat
Managing Director, Azelis Canada

Having started in 1991 and promoted to Managing Director of Azelis Canada in 2016, Jean-Pierre Pelchat brings to Azelis Americas a unique coast to coast experience in Canadian distribution having worked both in Quebec and Alberta for the Canadian distributor Mackenzie & Feimann from 1981 to 1991. In addition to multiple management roles and former vice-president of the Quebec Association of Industrial Chemicals; Mr. Pelchat has extensive experience in Sales Management, Logistics and global Supply chain experience.

After completing a college degree in Science in the province of Quebec, Mr. Pelchat has earned his degree in Business Administration from the University of Calgary.

Tim Dooling
Managing Director, Personal Care / Homecare & Industrial Cleaning

Tim Dooling has over 22 year’s experience in the specialty chemical industry as well as many years in the Personal Care and HI&I sector. Tim has held several key management roles both at Callahan Chemical Company and Sun Chemical. His responsibilities ranged from Sales Manager and Branch Manager to Vice President of Sales and Executive Vice President. Most recently, Tim was President of Callahan Chemical.

Tim is a member of NACD, the Chemical Club of New England and the SCC. He served both in the United States Marine Corps and the Massachusetts Army National Guard. He has a BA from Boston College and is a graduate of M.I.T. Sloan School of Management Executive Program.

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Katherine Whalen
Vice President General Counsel

Katherine Whalen joined Azelis in 2018 as VP General Counsel, Americas and is responsible for managing the legal affairs for North America. Prior to joining Azelis she held senior legal roles at LIN Media until its 2014 merger with Media General, Inc. She then continued as Deputy General Counsel of the combined company until 2017.

Ms. Whalen began her legal career as an associate in the Private Equity Practice groups at Edwards & Angell LLP (now Locke Lord LLP) and Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.  She has a wide range of experience in business affairs and strategic corporate transactions.  Ms. Whalen has a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and a J.D. from Notre Dame Law School.

Cheryl Walter
Vice President of Human Resources, Americas

Cheryl was most recently VP of HR of Trepp LLC–a financial analytics firm for the commercial mortgage Industry. Prior to that, Cheryl was at Pentax of America for 7 years as Human Resources Leader. At Pentax, Cheryl directed HR teams for the Americas, including Pentax’s Canadian and Latin America regions. Cheryl also led HR strategies at MeadWestvaco as VP of HR, where she was a member of the leadership team responsible for their human resources information systems (HRIS) and integration activities during the merger between Mead and Westvaco.

Cheryl has a B.S., Business Administration from University of RI and (pending thesis), she will earn her Masters of Human Resources Management from Mercy College in NY. Cheryl is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management.

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Trae Etre
Trae Etre
Vice President Planning and Analysis, Americas

Trae has 19 years experience in Corporate Finance/Accounting. He began his career in public accounting working primarily with clients in wholesale distribution, and consumer and financial services. For the past 15 years, Trae has been the CFO of Azelis Americas’ Specialty Ag division. In his career, he has played a key role in several business acquisitions, integrations and divestitures as well as several senior and subordinated debt refinancing events.  Trae holds a B.A. in Accounting from Assumption College and is a Certified Public Accountant.

Ted Burke
Vice President of Corporate Operations, Americas

Ted has held several key positions over the past few years.  He was the President of EW Kaufmann for 2 years and since January 2017, Ted has been the VP of Operations for the CASE market segment.  Ted’s  focus and expertise on supply chain management and warehouse operations with special emphasis on enhanced service for customers and principals made him the ideal candidate for VP of Corporate Operations. In his new role, Ted will work with the Managing Directors to coordinate and standardize the Operations functions -warehouse operations, logistics & supply chain, as well as SHEQ- while maximizing efficiency and continuous process improvement.

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Steve Hawthorne
Vice President of Information Technology, Americas

Steve joined the organization in 2014 and as VP, Information Technology, he is responsible for leading the company’s technology strategy and managing the delivery of all technology systems and services.  Prior to joining, Steve served as VP, Information Technology for Packaging Services, Inc, a private equity owned pharmaceutical packaging provider. In a prior role, Steve worked for Integra LifeSciences where he led a global business transformation program to consolidate legacy systems into a single ERP platform, harmonize business processes across acquired businesses, and provide a platform to expedite the integration of new acquisitions.  He started his career with Accenture where he spent 10 years leading large scale transformational programs within the chemicals and energy industries.  Steve is a graduate of Villanova University and holds a B.S. in Computer Science.

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