28th February 2017, Perth/Greer, SC
Alexium International Group has appointed Dirk Van Hyning, PhD as CEO, effective from 30 June 2017, replacing Nicholas Clark, who remains on the board and assumes the new role of Executive Director Strategy reporting to the Chairman.
Dr Van Hyning joined the company in 2013 as Senior Research Scientist and earned subsequent promotions to Head of Product Development and Commercial Transition and then was appointed President in October 2014. As President, reporting to Mr Clark, he was responsible for leading Alexium’s R&D, sales and business development, applications and corporate services to meet the Company’s financial growth targets.
Dr Dirk Van Hyning said: “Working in different roles at Alexium has helped me understand our technologies and market potential, providing me with the understanding and insight to capitalize on opportunities to drive shareholder value. I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead of us. Having been mentored by Nick has been one of the great experiences of my career, and I look forward to working with him in his new role of Executive Director of Strategy and with the Board of Alexium as we move the Company ahead to achieve many more milestones.”
Announcing the appointment, Gavin Rezos, Chairman said: “I have had the pleasure of working with Dirk and watching him progress in his roles that took him from our senior research scientist to his most recent role as President and Deputy CEO. His technological expertise, insight, leadership and problem-solving skills have all been important factors to our Company’s growth.”
Before joining Alexium, Dr Van Hyning was with Milliken Research Corporation, a global innovation company, where he began as a Research Engineer in 1999 and earned subsequent promotions to Project Management Leader and Senior Development Engineer-Military and Protective Business.
Dr Van Hyning received his PhD and MS in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his BS in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr Van Hyning has received several honours and awards, including the Hans Kuhn Award for Outstanding Technology Commercialization and also holds four patents.
As Executive Director Strategy, Nick Clark will continue to provide strategic advice to the Board, build upon the US Government relationships that Mr Clark has established, while fostering important additional relationships in Washington, DC.
According to the company, this is key to Alexium’s growth, as its product portfolio expands into new sectors such as electronics and building sectors in the world’s largest and most valuable market. Nick Clark, will also continue completing the work on the NASDAQ listing.