Avantor Performance Materials names ceo


Jean-Marc Gilson joins the New Jersey, US-based firm

Avantor Performance Materials (formerly Mallinckrodt Baker) has appointed Jean-Marc Gilson as chief executive.

Gilson was previously executive vice president and general manager of Dow Corning’s Specialty Chemicals business. He will work with executive chairman Raj Gupta and manage the company’s leadership team.

Avantor manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under the J T Baker and Macron Chemicals (formerly Mallinckrodt Chemicals) brands. These products are used in microelectronics and photovoltaic manufacturing; biotechnology and pharmaceutical production; and in research, academic and quality control laboratories.

‘Jean-Marc’s strong and diverse background in engineering, technology and general management uniquely suits him for the chief executive officer role,’ said Gupta. ‘In particular, he’s been extraordinarily successful in driving silicon technology business initiatives on a global scale, and will be instrumental in leveraging our success into new business opportunities throughout the world.’

Gilson began his career with Dow Corning in 1989 as a process engineer in Belgium, where he was in charge of polymer process and product development. He has focused on specialist chemicals and performance materials since 1999, when he was a director of science and technology for Dow Corning’s Specialty Chemicals unit. In 2003, he became vice president and general manager for the Advanced Technologies and Venture Business, where he was responsible for a portfolio of activities that included products for the solar, electronics, opto-electronics and semiconductor industries.

Gilson relocated to Japan in 2005 as vice president and general manager and Asian area president to oversee the company’s multi-billion dollar global Specialty Chemicals business. He was later named executive vice president of Dow Corning in 2009.