Although I am currently happily employed and not proactively looking for new opportunities, my current resume is included below for your reference or you may download a formatted PDF version. (Both my personal information and any non-public information from my most recent employer have been redacted from these public online versions.)
Jeffrey J. Davis
Chief Executive Officer
Senior-level executive experienced in building and nurturing multimillion-dollar divisions through accelerated growth, M&A and new business models; responsible for nearly $1B in enterprise value creation throughout career at GE, AGY, and Evonik.
Offering 25+ years of continuous achievement and progression in executive leadership roles at the forefront of multiple revenue, profit, and product launch successes. Influential manager with sincere commitment to people development and talent management who consistently cultivates cohesive, positively focused, high performance work environments. Possesses extensive international leadership experience, including a two year assignment in Japan.
Results-proven agent for lasting positive change and corporate culture transformation; repeatedly successful in transforming business units into robust, growing, highly profitable entities. Creative strategist skilled in building team energy via new visionary direction to drive generation of top line growth, profit improvement and firm value. Collaborates with other executives to make high-stakes decisions and combat mission-critical business challenges.
Core Skill Areas:
Pearland, TX 2014 – Present
President & CEO
Led leading global supplier of enabling reagents and technologies for the Gold Mining industry for Private Equity portfolio company of Oaktree Capital Management. Full P&L accountability and responsibility for strategy, execution and organizational alignment. Drove global growth and expansion and improved strategic positioning and profitability. Delivered record sales and EBITDA growth each year in position.
EVONIK Industries AG
Krefeld, Germany / Greensboro, NC 2010-2014
SVP & GM, Global Baby Care
Led $1.xB global industry-leading superabsorbent polymer business serving hygiene, agricultural and food packaging markets. Full P&L accountability and responsibility for strategy, execution and organizational alignment. Led complex global organization with X00 associates among 3 plants in Germany, 2 plants in US, and a global Acrylic Acid JV with Dow Chemical. Drove execution of “Asset-Light” global expansion strategy realizing X0,000 tons of capacity via licensee in Asia and 80,000 tons via JV in Saudi Arabia. Leveraged innovation leadership and aggressively optimized commercial agreements to improve margin and increase consistency of profitability.
Aiken SC (A private equity portfolio company of Kohlberg & Co.) 2007-2010
President and Chief Operating Officer
Led Strategy and Execution efforts for a $237M supplier of enabling material technologies for high performance composites in the aerospace, defense, electronics, wind energy, construction and industrial spaces. Accountable for all aspects of EBITDA delivery for business, encompassing 2 U.S. and 1 Chinese facilities, employing over 1200 associates. Conceived and executed plans to profitably grow company and improve AGY competitiveness. Led multiple strategic initiatives and developed rhythms to facilitate tightly managed execution. Integrated AGY’s first ever acquisition, the Owens Corning Continuous Filament Mat business and was negotiation and transaction leader for the acquisition of AGY Shanghai Technology Co. throughout a complicated 18 month deal process.
Top Line Growth
GE Sealants and Adhesives, Huntersville, NC 2006-2007 (Acquired by Apollo Management in 2006 and renamed to Momentive Performance Materials)
Managed a $215M residential and commercial building materials business unit, overseeing all P&L functions that included three manufacturing plants and 165 exempt and non-exempt employees. Conceived, developed, and executed business and financial strategies to drive growth and enhance enterprise profitability. Implemented and executed management operating rhythms to track progress of business financial commitments, new product innovations, channel growth, and manufacturing and distribution operations. Expanded revenue pipeline via share penetration, new product introductions, and development of product and channel adjacencies.
GE Quartz and Advanced Ceramics, Strongsville, OH and Tokyo, Japan 2000-2006
Vice President – Global Sales and New Market Development
Led global commercial efforts for a $250M stand-alone business unit with a team of 45 people in 11 countries. Maintained an intimate understanding of the complex global marketplace for business’ highly engineered applications in the semiconductor, optics, and telecommunications segments and maximized company potential through innovative new business models, aggressive market expansion initiatives, and personal investment in outstanding customer loyalty.
GE Lighting, Cleveland, OH 1998-2000
Product General Manager – Halogen
Recruited to address a slow-growth product line that was facing increasing competition due to low-cost Chinese producers. Led a business team responsible for strategy, revenue, and margin of the $195M halogen lighting product line. Served in a matrix role to lead the product management, technology, manufacturing, and supply chain teams.
GE Plastics, Selkirk, NY and Mount Vernon, IN 1995-1998
ColorXpress Leader (97-98)
Challenged by current GE CEO, Jeff Immelt, to create a process that would fix chronic color consistency and matching issues that were frustrating major global accounts such as Ford, Nokia, Dell, and Apple. Created a team that used Design for Six Sigma to design and build a world class color and design center of excellence that dramatically improved the division’s color capability. Project transformed GE color performance from a primary customer dissatisfier into a clear competitive advantage by decreasing color match time from six weeks to 48 hours and improving overall color match approval from 80% to more than 98%, facilitating over $100MM of annual custom color resin sales.
Global Crystalline Polymers Business Leader (1995-1997)
Directed a global business team that was responsible for all aspects of $400M P&L for the Valox™ and Xenoy™ resin businesses. Oversaw strategic investment, manufacturing, technology, human resources, finance, product marketing and sourcing processes to maintain competitive advantage and block competitors from eroding market share. Drove business critical six sigma projects to eliminate recurring quality issues. Improved contribution margin percentage by 4 points and operating margin percentage by 3 points via strategic capacity investment, cost-out redesign, new application development, and creative merchant supply agreements.
GE Control Products, Morrison, IL (1992-1994)
Led a high-volume manufacturing facility producing pressure and temperature sensors for the automotive, appliance, and air conditioning industries, supervising a total of 850 associates. Charged with restructuring plant operations to remain competitive despite a high labor cost base. Dramatically improved plant performance by analyzing core competencies to determine future operating strategies (exit or reinvest); eliminating high labor costs by instituting a “flex” workforce; transitioning high labor product lines to a lower labor cost environment; and altering the progression structure from seniority-based to pay for skill and knowledge. . Efforts were crucial in increasing sales by 36% and inventory turnover by 57% while delivering 12% variable cost productivity and 2.5% margin improvements.
Academic Background & Credentials
Masters of Business Administration
University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Graduated with High Honors
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL
Attended Under Full Scholarship From National Society Of Professional Engineers, Graduated with Honors