Dirk Van Hyning
Chief Executive Officer
Dirk Van Hyning received his BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University before receiving his MS and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from The University of Illinois at Urban-Champaign. Van Hyning has extensive experience in product development and scale-up, and previously worked at Milliken & Company.
Chief Financial Officer
Aaron Krech serves as the Chief Financial Officer at Alexium International Group Limited. Krech has previous experience in corporate treasury analysis and risk management at Blue Cross and Blue Shield. He has earned a business degree from the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Robert Brookins
Vice President, Research & Product Development
Robert (Bob) Brookins, Ph.D., M.A.E. B.A. B.Sc is Vice President of Research and Product Development. Dr. Brookins has experience in organic synthesis, materials chemistry, and chem/bio decontamination. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in the areas of synthesis and characterization of conjugated poly-electrolytes and polymers with an emphasis on developing new polymerization methods. Upon completion of his Ph.D., he worked at the US Air Force Research Laboratory at Tyndall AFB, FL where he developed decontamination methods for chemical and biological threats and developed novel synthetic routes for reactive and functional surfaces.
Vice President, Investor Relations & Corporate Communications
Mark Wise possesses more than 30 years of experience in investment markets and previously was a Portfolio Manager in New York, where he managed portfolios of Asian and Australian equities. Wise earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree with a focus in Accounting and Finance from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
Vice President, Finance
Previously Alexium’s Financial Reporting Manager, Brian Enlow’s professional background includes public accounting, both audit and taxation, as well as corporate accounting roles focusing on financial reporting and cost accounting. Enlow is a graduate of The University of Arkansas at Fayetteville where he received a BS Financial management and Investment and The University of Texas where he studied Accounting.
Vice President, Human Resources
Jessica Hutchison is responsible for all aspects of human capital management, including talent management and acquisition, employee relations, benefits and compensation, as well as oversight of Alexium’s safety, security, and environmental efforts. Hutchison joined Alexium in 2015 and has successfully collaborated with business leaders to organize and implement strategic human resources initiatives while supporting the company’s strategy and growth objectives.
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Scott Hunter holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio. He possesses over 20 years’ experience in solution sales and leadership within the specialty chemical field with a successful track record within both Fortune 500 and mid-cap privately held organizations. Hunter is a versatile leader who is passionate about identifying root-barriers impeding success while establishing strategic processes, partnerships, and innovative approaches to unlock growth within companies.
Board of Directors
Gavin Rezos has been a CEO and chairman of a number of successful public listed and private technology companies operating in the US, UK, Australia, and Singapore. Rezos was formerly an Investment Banking Director of the HSBC Group with regional roles in London, Sydney, and Dubai. Gavin has previously been a Director of Iluka Resources, Department 13 International and Metalysis Plc.
Craig Metz was appointed on December 1, 2014. He is a partner at Nelson, Mullins, Riley and Scarborough LLC with more than 30 years of experience in legislative and regulatory affairs. Metz served as Chief of Staff to the late US Congressman Floyd Spence (R-SC) during his chairmanship of the House Armed Services Committee and a former Counsel of the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee. He’s also been appointed to several senior leadership positions in the Executive Branch of the Federal Government. Metz serves as Chairman of Alexium’s Audit Committee.
Brig. Gen. Stephen Cheney, USMC (Ret).
General Stephen Cheney was a decorated Marine and is the former Inspector General of the Marine Corps and Commanding General of Parris Island Marine Base. He was appointed on April 15, 2015 to Alexium’s board. He is also the former Deputy Executive Secretary to U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney and was also a member of Secretary of State John Kerry’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board. General Cheney serves as the chairman of Alexium’s Remuneration Committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Sue Thomas has demonstrated a successful career as a technology entrepreneur, executive coach and governance specialist having established and grown Flexiplan before selling that company to MLC (now National Australia Bank) after originally qualifying in law as a solicitor in New South Wales. Thomas also has experience in capital markets, corporate strategy, governance and risk and is currently Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee of PEXA Limited and of Temple & Webster Limited (ASX:TPW). She is also a Director of Westpac subsidiaries in the financial services sector, including BT Portfolio Services and ASGARD Capital Management, and a Director of royalty company, Fitzroy River Holdings Limited (ASX:FZR).
Previously, Thomas was a Director and Chair of Audit and Risk at Grant Thornton Australia Limited from 2011 to 2016. Based between Sydney and Perth, Thomas has also been a Senior Executive Coach since 2011 at Foresight Global Coaching having successfully coached C Suite executives at ASX top 50 companies.
FMR. Congresswomen Karen Thurman
Karen Thurman was elected to the US House of Representatives in 1992 and consecutively re-elected four additional terms. She was appointed on March 2, 2017. Thurman is an expert on healthcare, veteran’s affairs, and tax reform. She’s served on the House Ways and Means Committee, where she fought for affordable prescription drugs, increased access to health insurance, and tax relief. Former Congresswoman Thurman has also served on both the House Agriculture Committee and the Committee on Government Reform & Oversight. She continues to advocate on issues in D.C. and is well regarded on both sides of the House. Thurman serves as a member of Alexium’s remuneration committee.
Independent Non-Executive Director
Claire Poll is an experienced corporate director having led, over the past 20 years, strategy and corporate development for startup technology companies through to large multi-billion dollar companies in Australia, the UK and more recently the US as a Founding Executive for the October listing of Verona Pharma plc (Nasdaq:VRNA) for which Poll “rang the bell”.
Poll, who originally qualified as a solicitor in Western Australia, has worked as a Director, general counsel and as a company secretary in public listed companies in the US, UK and Australia in the areas of venture capital, mobile satellite communications, internet services, software and biopharmaceuticals. Poll, who is based in Perth WA, stated her corporate career with Burns Philp Company Limited, the diversified global company involved in food manufacturing, shipping and general trading.
Poll also holds a post graduate diploma in Applied Corporate Finance, M&A and Advanced Industrial Equity Analysis.
Mission. Vision. Values.
Alexium’s mission is to create value for shareholders. We do so by leveraging unique assets within our company to satisfy growing needs in the flame retardant marketplace.
To provide the global marketplace with a portfolio of quality, eco-friendly Flame Retardant (FR) solutions that satisfies and anticipates the needs of our customers.
As we continue to grow as a company, it is important to define the core values from which we develop our culture, our brand, and our business strategies. These are the core values we live by:
Make A Difference
We make a positive impact by empowering our teams to create breakthrough products and provide exemplary service to our customers. We act with purpose and accept the risks to bring innovative yet practical solutions to our markets.
We trust and support one another. We act as owners of the company with a passion for action and a can-do attitude. We contribute our best to the team and the company and accept personal responsibility for our performance and development.
Be Open and Honest
We believe open and honest communication builds trust, which is the foundation of any positive relationship.
Embrace and Drive Change
We embrace change. Those who lead change are in the best position to shape our bright future.
We work efficiently and are focused on accomplishments that propel us forward while also increasing the quality of our results.
Our actions match our words. We do the right thing at all times.
We are good agents of our company, our community, environment and world. We are passionate about ensuring success today and for the future.
Alexium Acquires Reactive Surface Treatment (RST) Technology from US Air Force
Leveraging approximately $30M invested by the military to develop the chemical warfare and biological protection technology. Alexium wins 2009 World’s Best Technology.
Alexium Lists on ASX and Builds World-Class Team in Three Global Locations
Alexium lists on the Australian stock exchange. Creates a global team with operations in the USA, Australia, and Europe.
Alexium Builds Relationships and Rolls Out Cleanshell Technology
Alexium continues to build DoD and Natick relationships. Rolls out Cleanshell technology – a water and oil repellent treatment for textiles.
Alexium Announces Move to Flame Retardant (FR) Treatments and Expands Technical Team
After announcing to move into FR solutions, Alexium’s technology evolves and advances in a number of markets. Alexium also begins a global commercial roll-out of its FR treatments.
Alexium Continues to Expand Military Efforts
Alexium wins a contract with US Marine Corps to provide FR NyCo. Alexium experiences developmental breakthrough on FR NyCo, reaching 50-wash durability.
Alexium’s FR Technology Leads to Growth
Alexium prepares for commercialization in 2015, increasing staff to nearly 20. Developments on FR NyCo for military uniforms is underway and Alexium co-brands with iTextiles.
Alexium on the Rise to Optimal Growth
Alexium ramps up commercial growth while developing a team specialized in key roles throughout the organization. Alexium breaks into the plastics market ahead of schedule and passes stringent military FR specs. US DoD selects Alexium to finalize design and specifications for FR NyCo for military uniforms.
Alexium expands FR portfolio and launches PCM technology
Alexium breaks through the Phase Change Material (PCM) market with the successful launch of Alexicool and enhances its suite of Alexium FR products. Alexium continues to work with US Military on FR Uniforms with late-stage testing by Army and Marines. Alexium moves into a purpose-built facility equipped with innovative laboratories and offices as a result of the tremendous growth.
Strategic Growth Transitions Alexium to an Internationally Recognized Specialty Chemicals Developer
Traction in sales leads Alexium on the path towards cash neutrality. Major interest in Alexium’s proprietary chemistry results in a shift for an increase in reoccurring revenues and lucrative licensing deals. A strong shift towards eco-friendly and user-safe FR, alongside a strong presence of Alexium in the US Capitol, places Alexium in a competitive position for FR military uniform contracts. US operational growth and investor demand for Alexium stock results in OTC share conversion to the NASDAQ International Designation, a precursor to a NASDAQ main board listing.
We have offices in the US and Australia with distributors world-wide
Why Work at Alexium?
Alexium is committed to fostering a culture of personal growth and long-term career success. We recognize the importance of diversity and we celebrate our employee’s differences and similarities. We are rapidly enhancing our portfolio of offerings to provide more robust solutions to our customers. We place equal importance on investing in the future of our employees by offering competitive base compensation, comprehensive medical coverage, training and development opportunities.
Benefits / Total Rewards
At Alexium, we provide our employees with more than a salary. Total Rewards is everything you receive as an employee – your pay, comprehensive medical coverage, wellness programs and Employee Stock Ownership plan options.
- Health and Insurance
- Life Insurance
- Disability Insurance
Alexium provides you with tools and resources in the form of an Employee Assistance Program to help you achieve your physical, financial, and emotional wellness goals.
Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP)
Eligible employees may share in the growth and prosperity of Alexium through employee ownership. All contributions to the ESOP are made by Alexium at no cost to employees.
Alexium is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity. M/F/Disability/Vet. Alexium is an E-Verify employer
Join the Alexium team and become a part of our growing business. We seek innovators to be a part of our family and are diligently focused on increasing shareholder value and inspiring organizational growth by partnering with our employees.
Current Alexium Job Postings:
Principal Chemist, Product Development
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If you think that you have the right background and drive, and are interested in joining the Alexium team, please send us your resume and contact details by completing the form below. We would like to hear from you. You may also complete the Alexium Employee Application. Once completed, save to your computer and email to Careers@AlexiumInternational.com.