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Staple Street Capitol
Staple Street Capitol retained Ropella to find a senior level fragrance industry executive with a thorough knowledge in Intellectual Property and Manufacturing matters. This executive would help Staple Street evaluate the possible acquisition of Polorome. A number of consultants were interviewed, two were hired on for short term projects and eventually one hired on as the President of Polorome.
Koch Genesis
Koch Genesis retained Ropella to fill a CTO position within NanoProducts, one of their intellectual property investments. Ropella brought highly qualified candidates to the table and filled the position. Based on this success, NanoProducts retained Ropella for a Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and then 2 Directors of R&D who would report to the CTO. The high caliber leadership team created through Ropella’s efforts increased the value of NanoProducts, which was quickly purchased by PPG. Ropella went on to fill 6 VP and Director level roles within another of their acquisitions, Georgia Pacific.

Berkshire Hathaway/Warren Buffet
After purchasing Noveon/Lubrizol, the leadership team at Berkshire Hathaway needed to fill a key marketing role. Lubrizol retained Ropella because of our proven success in the oilfield and drilling chemicals industry. It was a challenge, because the final hire had to relocate to Cleveland, Ohio even though most experts work in the Houston, Texas area. Ropella provided strong candidates with exceptional oilfield expertise, and Lubrizol was pleased with their final hire, a candidate from a direct competitor who was willing to move to Cleveland.

Braemar Energy Ventures
Braemar Energy Ventures needed a VP of R&D for Bioformix, developer of a one-of-a-kind adhesive technology. They selected Ropella for our knowledge and proven success in the Adhesives market. The position required a deep synthesis chemistry background in very specific technology areas as well as exceptional leadership skills, a rare and highly sought after combination. Over the course of 60 days, Ropella reached out to more than 500 people in order to provide Bioformix with R&D professionals who met their specific criteria. With Ropella’s assistance, Bioformix was able to court and hire the candidate of their choice for this key role.

McGovern Capital
Kevin McGovern and his investment firm interviewed Ropella along with other major retained search firms including Heidrick and Struggles and Korn Ferry. McGovern Capital retained Ropella due to our extensive knowledge in the Personal Care and Soap and Detergent industry. Their investment property, Aquea Scientifc, was a leader in microsphere technology that provided 24 hour tanning and skin whitening. The Ropella team successfully filled the Chief Sales and Marketing Officer and then was retained to find the new CEO.

Brian Phillips Investments
Brian Phillips was a hedge fund manager that invested in a forward-thinking coatings technology company. After interviewing several firms, He and his leadership team retained Ropella first for a VP of R&D and then over a 6 month time period retained Ropella to fill a VP of Sales and Marketing, COO, Director of R&D and 2-3 other Sr. level chemists and business development professionals.
Bill Frost & CDI Global & Chemlogics
Bill Frost is a well-known chemical industry executive with vast experience in building companies and selling them. His previous company, Chemron was sold to Lubrizol (one of Ropella’s key clients in the early 2000’s). Bill had created another holding group of companies known as Chemlogics and had built it to multi-million dollar company. Bill wanted to add to the intellectual portfolio of the Chemlogics group and retained Ropella to help fill a dozen positions within a 6 month time period. After Ropella filled these key roles the company was successfully marketed. Solvay purchased the Chemlogics group with the help of CDI Global in 2013.
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