||Ashok M. Adur earned a Ph.D. in Polymer Science & Engineering and completed a mini-MBA course on Executive Entrepreneurship. He has over 35 years of success in
R & D, product, process & business development, sales & marketing, technical service, introduction & commercialization of new products, business & general management at chemical, plastics and packaging companies such as Chemplex Co. (now part of Lyondell-Basell), Air Products & Chemicals, BP Chemicals, International Paper, PolyOne and Crane Plastics. He has published 15 papers in professional journals and presented over 70 papers at regional, national and international professional conferences. Also moderated and organized some conferences. He has developed several new proprietary inventions with over 70 patents applied resulting in commercializing numerous value-added products to meet specific customer needs and in new annual business of well over $1.5 billion. He has been operating a consulting business called Everest International Consulting (LLC) since 1992. He is considered an expert in reactive extrusion, polymer compounding and compatibilization of multi-component systems, in interfacial adhesion useful for coupling agents and for tie-layers in multi-layer coextrusion, microencapsulation as well as in developing strategies for patenting and intellectual property issues in polymers and plastics. He is now Global Commercial Development Director for Plastics at Vertellus LLC, a global US-based specialty chemicals company, where he has responsibility for strategic positioning, marketing and development and introduction of products for the plastics industry.