Specialty chemical supplier Alexium International Group Ltd., with world headquarters in Perth, Australia, and U.S. operations in Greer, South Carolina, has promoted Dirk Van Hyning to chief executive officer, effective June 30.
Currently deputy CEO and president, Van Hyning replaces Nicholas Clark, who remains on the board of directors and assumes the new role of executive director of strategy.
Clark has responsibility for providing strategic advice to the board, bolstering existing U.S. government relationships and fostering additional ones. Clark also will continue to work on the company’s Nasdaq listing process, which now is underway.
As president, Van Hyning reported to Clark and was responsible for leading research and development, sales and business development, applications, and corporate services. He joined Alexium in 2013 as senior research scientist and earned subsequent promotions to head of product development and commercial transition. He was named president in 2014.
Before joining Alexium, Van Hyning was with Milliken Research Corp.
“I have had the pleasure of working with Dirk and watching him progress in his roles that took him from our senior research scientist to his most recent role as president and deputy CEO,” said Gavin Rezos, Alexium chair. “His technological expertise, insight, leadership and problem-solving skills have all been important factors to our company’s growth.”
“When Nick Clark joined Alexium in 2010, it was still very much a developmental company, and we are very grateful for Nick’s invaluable business acumen and drive to evolve Alexium into a successful revenue-producing enterprise with a range of specialty products,” Rezos said. “Nick has a valued presence on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and has recently been appointed an adjunct professor in international business and organizational management at Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia.”
Commenting on his new role, Van Hyning said: “Working in different roles at Alexium has helped me understand our technologies and market potential, providing me with the understanding and insight to capitalize on opportunities to drive shareholder value. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us. Having been mentored by Nick has been one of the great experiences of my career, and I look forward to working with him in his new role of executive director of strategy and with the board of Alexium as we move the company ahead to achieve many more milestones.”