Fresh Ink

Ken Collins Retires from Sun; Greg Nelson named VP, Chief Procurement Officer


Kenneth C. Collins, Sun Chemical’s senior vice president, corporate purchasing and supply chain management, retired from Sun Chemical effective March 31, following a distinguished 39-year career.
“Ken has been a key leader for many years within Sun Chemical and the industry, and has been the driving force behind Sun’s successful purchasing capability,” said Wes Lucas, Sun Chemical’s chairman, president and CEO. “Ken is highly respected in the industry and has played a significant role in many industry-wide groups.”   
Mr. Collins was responsible for all aspects of global purchasing, including the acquisition of raw materials, freight management and corporate fleet administration. Prior to assuming his most recent position in 1999, Mr. Collins was vice president, corporate purchasing for nine years.
Respected as an expert on raw material availability, Mr. Collins was an active member of the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM). He was a featured speaker at several NAPIM meetings and conventions and was chair of NAPIM’s Raw Material Committee in 1990. He earned NAPIM’s prestigious Printing Ink Pioneer Award in 1996.
Greg Nelson has joined Sun Chemical as corporate vice president and chief procurement officer, responsible for leading the company’s strategic sourcing and procurement function. Mr. Nelson will report directly to Mr. Lucas.
“Mr. Nelson is recognized as one of the world’s leading strategic sourcing and purchasing professionals with more than 25 years experience in major chemical companies including Exxon, Union Carbide and Dow Chemical,” Mr. Lucas said. “His professional, functional and industry knowledge are a perfect fit for Sun and our needs; he is a remarkable leader and a very experienced chemicals executive who has worked in a wealth of positions in operations, technical, engineering, commercial, business planning, and enterprise-wide purchasing.”
Mr. Nelson most recently was the purchasing leader at Dow Chemical, where he led an 800-person global organization. As head of procurement for both Union Carbide and Dow Chemical, Mr. Nelson introduced world-class procurement strategies, state-of-the-art e-procurement technologies and led major change management initiatives, in particular, when Dow selected him to champion the multi-billion dollar purchasing synergy project when they acquired Union Carbide.