Leadership

Douglas Parks, CEO
Douglas Parks
Chief Executive Officer

Douglas Parks is the Chief Executive Officer of DowAksa, a role he assumed in November 2015. Prior to that, he served as Executive Vice President. Mr. Parks joined DowAksa from Dow Chemical, where he had worked since 2010 as the Global Business Director for Lightweight Materials and Government Markets, with responsibility for developing Dow’s global strategy in lightweight materials, and a specific focus on industrial applications, including wind, transportation and defense. Mr. Parks has more than 25 years of experience in various business leadership, market development and government development roles. In his role as Senior Vice President, Business Development and Attraction for the State of Michigan, Mr. Parks led the State’s economic growth efforts in that sector, with a specific focus on advanced energy storage, wind, solar, bio-energy and the carbon fiber exploratory program. Prior to that role, Mr. Parks led the team responsible for developing Michigan’s strategy around new market diversification. He graduated from Lake Superior State University and is a retired U.S. Army Intelligence Officer.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Onur Dinçer
Chief Financial Officer

Onur Dinçer started his career as an Analyst in Industrial Development Bank of Turkey (TSKB). After that he worked as a Senior Associate in Dexia at Project Finance Department and as a Corporate Finance Analyst in Shuaa Capital Istanbul, Dexia and Standart Bank Plc. Previously, he worked as a Manager in Structured Finance & Advisory department in Ünlü & Co between 2012-2014. Mr. Dinçer joined DowAksa as Project Finance Manager in 2014. Then he served as Corporate Finance and Treasury Manager between 2015 – 2018 and has been appointed as a CFO in November 2018. Mr. Dinçer graduated from Boğazici University in Business Administration and has MSc degree in Financial Economics from Bahçeşehir University. Also, Mr. Dinçer has an Advance Level Capital Market Board License.


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Ute Spring
Chief Technology Officer

Ute Spring is Chief Technology Officer for DowAksa, a role she has held since July 1 2015. Prior to that, she worked for The Dow Chemical Company, most recently in the role of Associate R&D Director for Dow Europe GmbH in Horgen (Switzerland). In that position, she led Dow Lightweight Composites R&D globally for key strategic markets, followed by strategic and external relationship management for Lightweight Composites in Europe. During that time, Ms. Spring started to represent DowAksa on the Advisory Board of the Open Hybrid Lab Factory, the largest German Public-Private Partnership, chaired by Volkswagen AG. Ms. Spring started her professional career as Global Application Specialist for Internal Fluid Flow Systems at Amstral Engineering GmbH in 1996. She joined Dow Olefinverbund GmbH in 2003 as Process Engineering Specialist, a role she held until 2007, when she was promoted to Senior R&D Leader for Automotive R&D. In 2011, she was appointed as Associate R&D Director for Composites R&D. Ms. Spring holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the Chemical Technological Institute Moscow (Russia) and a Master of Science degree with a specialization in numerical fluid dynamics from Carl Schorlemmer Technical University.