John Lefas founded the company in 1986 after working for the Polymers Department of Imperial Oil’s Chemicals Division (majority owned by Exxon) for six years. Prior to that, he was the General Manager of an industrial gas manufacturing company (Carbonica) in Greece. He is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers and the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. John has an MBA from the University of Toronto and a degree in Chemical Engineering from the National Technical University in Athens, Greece.
Maria Lefas is a founding member of the company. Previously, Maria worked for the North York Board of Education. She served as Curriculum Director of the International Language Heritage programs. At Ingenia she oversaw Global Supply Chain and Procurement and the North American Operations. She is a member of the Canadian Plastics Industry Association. Maria has a degree in Political Science from Panteios University of Athens and a Masters in Psychology from York University, Toronto.
Pedro De Matos is CFO of Ingenia Polymers. Prior to coming to Ingenia Polymers, Pedro held the position of Global Head of Operations (COO) for just under 3 years with TCS John Huxley a Privately Owned Leading Global Supplier and Manufacturer of live gaming technology and services. Prior to that Pedro spent just under 9 years with a Global Information Technology and Manufacturing Publicly Listed Company – Aristocrat Technologies Inc., during which time Pedro held various roles within Aristocrat as Financial Director Africa, General Manager Africa, Divisional Director Emerging Business, Regional Financial Director Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and eventually heading up the EMEA region as the General Manager where he held various Board of Directorships for all the entities within the EMEA and Scandinavian Region. Earlier in his career Pedro spent a numbers of years in various Finance roles in industries in the Education, Banking, Mining and Manufacturing sectors with companies like Avery Dennison, ABSA Corporate and Merchant Bank, Macphail and Read Group. Pedro completed his Articles with one of the Big Four – Deloitte – in South Africa and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant and member of the Institute of Charter Accountants in the UK and South Africa. In addition Pedro holds a Bachelors of Commerce (Honors) in Accounting from the University of Natal in South Africa as well as Bachelor of Accounting Science from the University of South Africa.
Steve Galland oversees planning, procurement and logistics functions for Ingenia Polymers. Prior to joining Ingenia Polymers in 2005, Steve had already amassed 30 years of industry experience in petrochemicals, polymers and compounding through various roles at Chevron and Chevron Phillips and Ferro / Horizon Polymers. Steve has an MBA from the University of Houston and a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Louisiana State University.
Vice President, Marketing & Primary Sales
Clark Brumbaugh has an extensive sales and marketing background in the chemicals industry. Prior to joining Ingenia Polymers in 2008, Clark held various positions at Univation Technologies (joint venture between Dow Chemical and ExxonMobil – UNIPOL PE & PP Technology Licensing & Catalyst), including Sales Manager, Services Director and Marketing Director. He also spent time in Research & Engineering with Exxon and as a Business Analyst for Union Carbide Commodity PE. Clark has an MBA from the Stern School of Business (NYU) in addition to a BSc in Chemical Engineering.
Vice President, Proprietary Product Sales
Richard (Rich) Hall leads Ingenia Polymers Proprietary Product Sales and Customer service team in the USA, Canada, Mexico and Latin America. Rich has extensive experience in sales and operations management in plastics distribution with Nexeo Solutions/Ashland Chemical encompassing various roles including Vice President, Sales Director and Quality of Service Director. Rich has a Masters in Management from the University of Phoenix and a Bachelors of Business Administration from Walsh College.
Vice President, Human Resources
Wendy Entwistle joined Ingenia Polymers in 2007 and has more than 20 years of experience in human resources. She has held roles in various service industries, including: engineering consulting, electronic media, technology and print media, with exposure to both domestic and international HR practices, start-up companies, and mergers and acquisitions. Wendy has a MSc in Human Resource Management and a BSc in Business Administration.
Vice President, Manufacturing
Nitin Tiwari oversees Ingenia Polymer’s manufacturing operations and has extensive global experience in manufacturing management. Prior to joining Ingenia Polymers in 2008, Nitin was heading the manufacturing operation of Usha Martin, Inc. He has held several functional responsibilities including implementation of “Total Productive Maintenance” and other advance concepts of manufacturing excellence. Nitin has an MBA from Birla Institute of Technology in addition to a B.Tech degree in Mechanical Engineering from Aligarh Muslim University.
SR. Vice President, Technology & ENEA Operations
Zach Charlton has more than 17 years of experience in the polymer industry. He began his career in the downstream polymer conversion industry working as a process engineer and then plant coordinator for a profile extrusion company in Canada. Thereafter he joined Ingenia in 2001 and has held progressive positions in R&D, sales and marketing and operations management. Zach has contributed to Ingenia’s growth at its Brantford plant, Houston plant and led the team of professionals which built the Jubail, Saudi Arabia facility and business from 2007 to 2012. Zach has been located out of Ingenia’s Luxembourg office since 2012. Zach has a Master in Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada and a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, McMaster University Canada.