US speciality ingredients company Inolex has appointed Neil Washburn to its executive team as interim President after a 39-year career at DuPont.
Holding a Ph.D. in analytical chemistry, Washburn led cross-functional teams across operations, R&D, marketing and business leadership on a number of transformative projects and high-profile global product initiatives throughout his career.
More recently, he has been a strategic advisor to technology and material-oriented start-ups with a focus on sustainability.
He comes alongside chief executive officer, David Plimpton, to serve on Inolex’s leadership team and further develop the company’s strategic growth.
“In addition to his technical and business knowledge, Neil exudes our service mindset,” said Plimpton.
“His competencies to discern opportunities and make thoughtful decisions is the exact kind of leadership we need as an independent company—complementing our existing senior leadership team as we boldly pursue new customers, new products, and new markets,” he added.
Washburn said: “Innovation is a passion of mine, and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute to the momentum of this company.
“For me, outcome-oriented innovation means helping strong, talented people thrive, so they can work on solving important challenges. Inolex is already disrupting the ingredient space—my energy will focus on scaling this success by leading near-term initiatives and longer-term strategy as we grow.”