Since 1918, we have been establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with leading enterprises in primary metals, metalworking, and other basic process industries all over the world. Today, we have business and production presence in every major manufacturing country in the world.
Quaker is a $683.2 million dollar company headquartered in Conshohocken, Pennsylvania, USA, with regional headquarter locations in Uithoorn, The Netherlands, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Shanghai, China. The company is publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, and has a long track record of financial consistency and strength.
As the Company entered the 21st century, we began a major strategic action to better meet the changing needs of our customers. Now, as a global, knowledge-based company, we provide our best service, technology, and product resources to all of our customers—wherever they are in the world.
While working hard to meet customers’ needs, we also strive to keep a strong sense of responsibility to our associates, to the communities in which we operate, and to the natural environment.
As further evidence of our commitment to continuous improvement, our efforts at quality have been acknowledged by the International Organization for Standardization, with ISO 9001 ratings at our own facilities, as well as at customer sites where we deliver services and products directly. Many facilities are also ISO 14001 certified and rated by accredited companies such as Lloyd’s, British Standards Institute (BSI), and Det Norske Veritas (DNV).
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Quaker Chemical's Metalworking Fluid Solutions to the machining industries. From one of the leader in the coolants business
Michael F. Barry, Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer and President
Michael F. Barry joined the Company in 1998. On May 13, 2009, Mr. Barry was elected as Chairman of the Board, in addition to his current position as Chief Executive Officer and President which he has held since October 2008. He first became a member of the Board in October 2008. Prior to this position, he was the Company’s Senior Vice President and Managing Director – North America, beginning January 2006. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of the steel and metalworking/coatings businesses throughout North America, including two subsidiaries, AC Products, Inc. and Epmar Corporation. Mr. Barry was named Senior Vice President and Global Industry Leader – Metalworking and Coatings in July 2005 with responsibility for the Company’s global metalworking and coatings businesses through December 2005. From January 2004 through June 2005, he held the position of Vice President and Global Industry Leader – Industrial Metalworking and Coatings and from 1998 through August 2004, he held the position of Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Mr. Barry joined Quaker from Lyondell (formerly Arco Chemical) where he was Business Director for its Americas urethanes business and also held various finance and line management positions. In addition to graduating from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering, he earned a Master's Degree with Distinction from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Barry also serves as a Director of Rogers Corporation, a global technology leader in the development and manufacture of high performance, specialty-material-based products for applications in diverse markets. In addition, Mr. Barry is on the Board of Trustees of The Franklin Institute, one of the oldest and most respected science museums in the country located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
D. Jeffry Benoliel, VP Global Metalworking & Fluid Power, Corporate Secretary
D. Jeffry Benoliel began his career with Quaker in 1995. In June 2011, Mr. Benoliel was named to his current position and is responsible for developing and driving the Company’s global Metalworking and Fluid Power strategies, including global R&D and technical services. From October 2008 until he assumed his current position, Mr. Benoliel provided strategic oversight to the business as Vice President – Global Strategy for both global Metalworking and Steel. From 2001 to 2008, he held the position of Vice President and General Counsel overseeing legal matters and regulatory affairs for the Company’s global operations, in addition to being Corporate Secretary of the Company, a position he has held since May 1998. Prior to that time, he was Director, Corporate Legal Affairs.
Before joining Quaker, Mr. Benoliel was a partner at Fox, Rothschild, O'Brien & Frankel, LLP, a prominent law firm in Philadelphia, handling corporate transactions including commercial lending, securities, and general corporate matters. He holds a JD from Boston University School of Law and a BA from Hobart College.
Joseph A. Berquist, VP & Managing Director - North America
Joseph A. Berquist joined the Company in 1997. Mr. Berquist was named to the position of Vice President and Managing Director – North America, effective April 1, 2010. In this role, he is responsible for providing overall leadership to the North American organization. Since late 2008, he held the position of Senior Director – Commercial, North America, and from 2007 until October 2008, served as Industry Business Director – Metalworking/Fluid Power. Prior to that time, Mr. Berquist held a regional sales manager position and other key roles across Quaker’s Steel, Metalworking and Fluid Power businesses, starting his career with Quaker as a technical service specialist.
Prior to joining Quaker, Mr. Berquist held a technical manager position at AK Steel in Middletown, Ohio. He holds a B.E. in Chemical Engineering from Youngstown State University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve University.
Carlos Claro, VP & Managing Director - South America
Mr. Claro assumed the position of Vice President and Managing Director - South America on April 1, 2011, with primary responsibility to lead, manage and grow the Company's regional business in South America. Mr. Claro joined the Company on February 1, 2011 as Vice President - South America. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Claro was Americas Business Director at Cytec Industries, a specialty chemicals and materials technology company, responsible for the Powder Coating Resins business from April 2008 through January 2011. He served as Latin America Resins Commercial Director and Country Manager - Brazil from June 2005 (when Cytec acquired UCB) until April 2008.
Mr. Claro holds an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering, a Masters Degree in Business Administration, an International Executive MBA and has completed the UCB Leadership Program.
Ronald S. Ettinger, VP Human Resources
Ronald S. Ettinger joined the Company in 2002. Mr. Ettinger was named to the position of Vice President - Human Resources, effective December 1, 2011. In this role, he is responsible for the global human resources organization which includes management of regional HR, oversight of succession planning, management development and organization development. Most recently, Mr. Ettinger served as Quaker's Director - Global Human Resources and prior to that time held the role of Director of Learning and Organization Development.
Dieter Laininger, VP Global Primary Metals
Dieter Laininger joined Quaker in 1991. Mr. Laininger assumed his current position as Vice President – Global Primary Metals on June 15, 2011 and is responsible for developing and driving the Company’s global Steel strategies, including its aluminum business; managing the global research and technical positions to help support regional priorities; and providing oversight for the primary metals business following business, product and competitive activities and trends. Prior to his current position, Mr. Laininger held a number of managerial positions within the Company’s European Region including Industry Business Manager for Steel and Metalworking, since 2005; Regional Industry Manager, Steel from 2000 until 2005; and, prior to that, Sales and Key Account Manager, Steel.
Margaret M. Loebl, VP, Chief Financial Officer & Treasurer
Margo M. Loebl joined Quaker as Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer, effective June 29, 2012. In her position, Ms. Loebl is responsible for the oversight and management of all Finance, Corporate Development, Tax, Internal Audit, Risk, and IS activities within Quaker and is a member of the Management Executive Committee.
With over 25 years of global finance experience, Ms. Loebl most recently consulted in Paris for Constellium, a leader in the manufacturing of high-quality aluminum products and solutions, where she provided senior executive-level financial consulting services. Prior to this role, her professional experience included: Corporate VP, CFO and Treasurer for TechTeam Global, a publicly held provider of information technology outsourcing and business process outsourcing services; Group Vice President of Finance for Archer Daniels Midland Company, one of the world’s leading agricultural processors; VP, Corporate Finance for Nike, Inc.; and various progressive financial positions for over 13 years at General Motors, leaving as Controller, General Motors do Brasil.
Ms. Loebl holds an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a BA from Wellesley College. In addition, she has lived, either studying in college or working, for a total of approximately 10 years outside the U.S. in Germany, Mexico, Canada, Brazil and France.
Joseph F. Matrange, VP Global Coatings
Joseph F. Matrange joined the Company in October 2000 as President of AC Products, Inc., a Company subsidiary located in California. In 2003, Mr. Matrange helped lead the acquisition team to purchase Epmar Corporation, another Company subsidiary, and currently serves as its President. He assumed his current position on October 1, 2008, with responsibility for the global expansion and development of the Company’s coatings initiatives, which include AC Products, Epmar Corporation and Quaker’s Global Coatings Project.
Jan F. Nieman, VP & Managing Director - Asia/Pacific
Jan F. Nieman joined the Company in 1985 and was elected to his current position in February 2005. Mr. Nieman is responsible for the Company’s business expansion in the Asia/Pacific region, including the development of the Company’s joint ventures in Australia, China, India and Japan.
Prior to his current position, Mr. Nieman was Global Business Unit Manager for the indirect sales channel (Value Added Representatives) and the Company’s two-piece Can Division. In addition, during his career with the Company, he has held various positions within the R&D and marketing areas.
Wilbert Platzer, VP & Managing Director - Europe
Wilbert Platzer joined the Company in 1995. Mr. Platzer assumed his current position in January 2006 as the Company shifted its organization from a global business unit structure to a regional business unit structure. With this change, Mr. Platzer is currently responsible for all aspects of the steel and metalworking businesses throughout Europe. Mr. Platzer was named Vice President – Global Industrial Metalworking in July 2005 with responsibility for the Company’s global industrial metalworking, VAR, tube and pipe and can businesses through December 2005. From January 2001 through June 2005, he held the position of Vice President – Worldwide Operations overseeing the Company’s global manufacturing, purchasing, quality, logistics, health, safety and environmental activities. Prior to that, he was Managing Director and Director of Operations for the Company’s European business.
Irene M. Kisleiko, Assistant Corporate Secretary & Manager, Investor Relations
Irene M. Kisleiko joined Quaker in 1995. As a Corporate Paralegal in the Legal Department, Ms. Kisleiko’s core areas of responsibility include providing support to Management on Board related and other legal matters, including corporate governance and compliance and regulatory issues. She is also responsible for the Company’s shareholder and investor relations activities, the Annual Report and associated shareholder material production, and the stock option program administration for the Company’s global associates. Ms. Kisleiko has served as a Trustee of The Quaker Chemical Foundation since 2003 and was recently named Chair of the Foundation.
Prior to joining Quaker, Ms. Kisleiko was Manager of Legal Administrative Services, Senior Corporate Paralegal and Assistant Corporate Secretary in the Legal Department at Scott Paper Company, where over a 24-year career she held various other positions in the legal and accounting departments.
John Yardley, Global Tax Director
John Yardley joined Quaker in January 2011 as Global Tax Director. In his current role, Mr. Yardley is responsible for managing all tax activities of the Company on a global basis, including tax planning, tax compliance and tax accounting, as well as managing tax audit activity at the local, Federal, and foreign levels. During his 25-year career, he has worked in public accounting and law firms and has held various corporate tax positions in the manufacturing, utilities, and services industries.
Prior to joining Quaker, Mr. Yardley was Director of Global Tax for an international telecommunication company. He holds a JD from Vanderbilt University and a LLM in Taxation from Boston University School of Law.