Basel, Switzerland, 16 March 2016 – Frank Kicklighter has been named to the position ofVice President and Global Head of Wood Protection within the newly organized Lonza Coatings and Composites Group. In this role, he is responsible for the overall management, performance and strategic direction of the global business unit, Arch Wood Protection.
Mr. Kicklighter has more than 30 years of experience in the industrial biocides and wood preservation industries. He joined Arch Chemicals in 2002 as Head of Business Development for the Wood Protection business. He served in this role until moving to the Industrial Biocides business as General Manager in 2007. After Arch was acquired byLonza in 2011, he rejoined the Wood Protection business as Head of the Americas region. Prior to his time with Arch and Lonza, Mr. Kicklighter held various management positions with Osmose, Troy Corporation and Chemical Specialties, Inc.
Kent Gray has been named as Head of Arch Wood Protection, Americas. For the previous eight years, Mr. Gray served as Arch Wood Protection’s Head of Global Finance. He came to Arch from a major manufacturer of engineered components in the bedding and furniture industry where he spent 18 years in a variety of roles.
Mr. Gray brings decades of experience to his new position, including not only finance b ut operations and sales management as well.
Mr. Kicklighter and Mr. Gray are located in Atlanta, GA (USA).