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September 05, 2015 11:10 AM ET


Company Overview of Houghton International, Inc.

Company Overview

Houghton International, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets specialty chemicals, oils, and lubricants to customers worldwide. The company offers heat treatment products, including cold quenching oils, hot quenching oils, and aqueous quenchants; metal cleaning products, such as spray cleaners, soak cleaners, mass finishing, and maintenance cleaners; metal finishing products, including cleaning, desmutting, etching, coloring, sealing, and aluminum paint pretreatment products; and metal forging chemicals such as oil graphitic, water graphitic, and water synthetic solutions. It also provides metal forming fluids, which include straight oils, soluble oils, synthetics, vanishing compounds, an...

945 Madison Avenue

Norristown, PA 19403

United States

Founded in 1865





Key Executives for Houghton International, Inc.

Chief Executive Officer
Chairman and President
Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President
Chief Operating Officer
Senior Vice President of Global Marketing, Business Development & Strategic Planning, President of Houghton Americas and President of Global Strategic Businesses
Compensation as of Fiscal Year 2015.

Houghton International, Inc. Key Developments

Houghton International Announces Senior Leadership Appointments to Support Global Businesses

Houghton International Inc. announced changes in organizational leadership that will improve the management and alignment of its global businesses. Mike Shannon, executive vice president of global operations at Houghton International and president of Houghton Asia Pacific, has been appointed to the additional and newly created role of chief operating officer (COO), responsible for all commercial and operational activities. Shannon joined Houghton as vice president of global operations, supply chain, IT and EHS in 2009. Prior to joining Houghton, he spent 24 years in various roles at Ashland Inc., including senior vice president of the company's $1.5 billion Global Performance Materials Division and president of global supply chain as well as being appointed as an officer of Ashland. Steve Taylor, senior vice president of Houghton International and president of Houghton Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), has been appointed to the additional and newly created position of president, Global Metalworking Fluids (MWF). In this expanded role, he will continue to lead Houghton EMEA and will assume the global leadership of Houghton's MWF business. His new responsibilities will include managing the business development, service, support and procedures across Houghton's four regions, securing the collaboration necessary for effective global operations and growth in the MWF market. Jeewat Bijlani, senior vice president of global marketing, business development and strategic planning at Houghton International, has been appointed to the additional role of president of Houghton Americas and the newly created position of president, Global Strategic Businesses. In these expanded roles, Bijlani will be responsible for managing the operations of the Americas region and the global oversight of Houghton's steel, non-ferrous, metal finishing, offshore, and beverage containers business.

Keller Arnold Joins Houghton International as Chief Financial Officer

Houghton International announced the appointment of Keller Arnold as chief financial officer. Ms. Arnold brings over 25 years of experience and leadership in corporate accounting, audit and finance in global manufacturing organizations. Ms. Arnold will be responsible for providing strategic and operational direction to Houghton's accounting, finance, budgeting, treasury, shared services, and tax departments. She will report to Paul DeVivo, CEO, and will join the executive management team to participate in the development of strategic financial plans and operating policies and procedures to achieve corporate objectives and targets. Prior to joining the company, Ms. Arnold served as CFO of Physiotherapy Associates.

Houghton International Appoints Raymond Kelly as the Director of Global M&A and Strategic Planning

Houghton International announced the appointment of Raymond Kelly as the director of global M&A and strategic planning. In this role, Kelly will be situated in Valley Forge, Pa., with responsibilities to lead Houghton's merger and acquisition (M&A) efforts for the metalworking and adjacent business segments. He will be instrumental in strengthening Houghton's corporate strategic planning initiatives to grow market share and position and accelerate growth opportunities in the regions. He will report to Jeewat Bijlani, vice president of global business development and strategy, and will work together with Houghton's regional and functional teams. Earlier to join Houghton, he served as the head of M&A North America at Kingspan for more than seven years including an interim CFO and business director role at one of the company s business units.

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