Dee James (D.J.) DeLong appointed General Manager for DowAksa USA

DowAksa is pleased to announce that D.J. DeLong will assume the role of General Manager for the DowAksa USA operations. D.J. will be responsible for the implementation of the overall DowAksa strategy in North America, sales team leadership and driving revenue as well as general management responsibilities.

Dee James (D.J.) DeLong brings his extensive experience to DowAksa, having worked in the composites industry for over thirty years. He is the General Partner of DeLong and Associates, LLC; a business consulting firm in Atlanta, Georgia. This company was the North American sales agents for DowAksa carbon fibers and will become part of DowAksaUSA. D.J. was formerly General Manager of BP Amoco’s Carbon Fiber business unit. He co-chaired the “Composites World” Global Market Outlook Conference on Carbon Fibers four different years and has written numerous industry editorials and articles. He was Board Chairman of the advanced composites trade association SACMA. He holds bachelor and masters degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

DowAksa CEO Douglas Parks said: “We are very happy to have a person of D.J.’s experience and many talents to lead DowAksa USA into the future. “

In addition, Wally Gutzmer will continue as National Sales Manager, Carbon Fiber and Cindy Thurston will continue as Customer Service Manager, Carbon Fiber. DowAksa USA’s first General Manager, Eric Coleman,  has returned to Dow Chemical’s Government Markets & Lightweight Materials group and will continue to support DowAksa USA’s business development and sales growth in infrastructure and other sectors.