Management Team

 

John Lefas

Founder

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

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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.

Manfred Klepacz

Global CEO

Manfred Klepacz is CEO of Ingenia Polymers. Prior to coming to Ingenia Polymers, Manfred held the position of CEO of Al Rajhi’s Industrial Sector. Headquartered in Saudi Arabia, the company is a leading conglomerate in the Middle East region. Activities include manufacturing and sales of converted PE, PP and PET (cast film, BOPP, nonwovens, geotextiles, carpets and carpet backing). Manfred also held senior management positions in Basell. Following the merger with Lyondell, he was named Vice President for LyondellBasell’s polypropylene business in the United States and was later appointed Vice President, Polyethylene Americas.  Earlier in his career Manfred spent 14 years with BASF Specialty Chemicals. Manfred was a member of the Board of the Society of the Plastics Industry (2008) and served on the Gulf Petrochemicals & Chemicals Association (GPCA) plastics committee (2011 to 2014). Manfred holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg, Germany.

Robert G. Hutchinson

President and CEO - Americas

Mr. R.G. (Bob) Hutchinson is the President and CEO for the Americas, Ingenia Polymers Group. In this position he has executive responsibilities for all company business initiatives throughout all of North and South America. Prior to joining Ingenia in September, 2015, Bob worked for Imperial Oil Limited for over 35 years in various locations including Sarnia, Toronto, Calgary, Houston and Saudi Arabia. Bob has held various positions throughout his career with Imperial. These positions included developing engineering and commercial experience in manufacturing, supply chain, customer service, sales, marketing, and product management in both the olefin and polyolefin business segments. Bob is a native of Sarnia, Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario.

Steve Galland

Vice President, Supply Chain

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.

Clark Brumbaugh

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.

Richard Hall

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.

 

Wendy Entwistle

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.

Nitin Tiwari

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.

Zach Charlton

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.

Yorgos Nikoloulias

General Manager, Saudi Arabia

As GM, Yorgos Nikoloulias oversees all operations for Ingenia Polymers in Saudi Arabia.  Yorgos is a senior executive with more than 20 years global leadership experience in Fortune-500 organizations in the USA, Europe and Asia, in various sectors including industrial, transportation, infrastructure/energy, construction, and automotive.  After several years of living and working in the United States Yorgos took a position as Managing Director for Alstom Transport SE Asia in Paris and New Delhi. Thereafter he joined Hochtief as the CEO of a multi-cultural concession (PPP) company for a major capital infrastructure project valued. Prior to joining Ingenia, Yorgos was acting as Managing Director for one of the major seaports of the Mediterranean, in Athens, Greece.  Yorgos has an MBA from Indiana University, Bloomington IN,  and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from Ohio State University, Columbus, OH.