Meet the Promerus Leadership Team

Promerus has been led by a team of experts with collective experience in polymer applications since we became part of Sumitomo Bakelite, Co., Ltd. in 2001. Our team is committed to discovering and developing innovative solutions that improve lives worldwide.


Larry Rhodes

Title: General Manager, Promerus
Role: Larry is responsible for long-term direction, as well as daily operations at Promerus.
Start year at Promerus: 2001 (Start year at BFGoodrich: 1988)
Education:

  • Post Doc (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich and Ohio State University, Columbus)
  • PhD in Inorganic Chemistry (Indiana University, Bloomington)
  • BS in Chemistry (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Brian Knapp

Title: Senior Manager, Product Development and Integration, Promerus
Role: Brian is responsible for managing the development of new products, primarily focused on polymers and formulations.
Start year at Promerus: 2004
Education:

  • PhD in Polymer Science (University of Akron)
  • BS in Chemistry (Saginaw Valley State University)

Doug Skilskyj

Title: Senior Manager, Material Supply and Product Development, Promerus
Role: Doug is responsible for the supply of monomers, catalysts and polymers, as well as managing the development of new products.
Start year at Promerus: 2004
Education: 

  • BS in Chemical Engineering (University of Cincinnati)

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Leah Langsdorf

Title: Senior Manager, Materials Analysis and Product Development, Promerus
Role: Leah is responsible for safety, the quality management system and the analytical group, as well as managing the development of new products, primarily focused on 100% resin content formulations.
Start year at Promerus: 2001 (Start year at BFGoodrich: 1997)
Education:

  • PhD in Chemical Engineering (University of Delaware)
  • BS in Engineering Science (Trinity University)

Masayuki Inagaki

Title: Director and Senior Managing Executive Officer, Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.;  Chairman, Promerus.
Start year at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.: 1982


Seiji Suzuki

Title: Executive Officer, Sumitomo Bakelite North America; President, Promerus
Start year at Sumitomo Bakelite Co., Ltd.: 1985


Contact Us

Now that you’ve met our leadership team, we encourage you to take the next step. Contact us to inquire about Promerus’ advanced materials solutions for the next generation of applications in semiconductor and optoelectronic markets.