Sun Chemical has announced that Wes Lucas, president, will succeed Henri Dyner as CEO on March 31, while continuing as president. All of Sun Chemical’s divisions – including the Colors Group, Kohl & Madden, Screen & Electrographics, Sun Chemical Europe, Sun Chemical Ink (GPI), Sun Chemical Latin America, and US Ink, along with the functional teams – will report to Mr. Lucas.
Mr. Dyner has elected to step down as CEO, and will continue his close involvement with the business, but on a part-time basis, working in an advisory role to Mr. Lucas and providing support with larger customers, as well as ongoing strategic projects for the company.
During his more than 28 years with Sun, Mr. Dyner has been instrumental in building Sun Chemical into a leading graphic arts company. When Mr. Dyner joined Sun Chemical Europe, the European operations had only $20 million in sales, and he helped build Sun Chemical into the largest player in Europe, with sales of more than $1.5 billion. Mr. Dyner built the business through organic growth, developing new markets and new technologies, and acquisitions. With the acquisition of Coates Lorilleux’s ink and pigments business in 2000, Sun Chemical’s European ink sales now account for almost half of the company’s total ink sales.
Mr. Dyner helped to expand Sun Chemical globally. He was one of the first ink executives to establish operations in Eastern Europe. He also expanded into Latin America, where Sun Chemical is now represented in virtually every country, with plants in almost all the countries.
Mr. Dyner joined Sun Chemical in 1974 as general manager of the it’s European ink operations. Mr. Dyner was elected corporate vice president for Sun Chemical’s international operations in 1983. Five years later, he was appointed senior vice president, international operations. In 1997, Mr. Dyner was named president and COO, and in 1998 he became president and CEO.
Mr. Lucas began his career with Chevron in California in 1985. In 1990, he became a consultant with McKinsey & Company, based in Sweden, where he helped manufacturing companies in Western and Eastern Europe and North America focus on sales growth, new product development, expansion into new markets and operational improvement.
Mr. Lucas returned to the U.S. in 1995 as vice president for AlliedSignal, Morristown, NJ. He was a member of the executive leadership team of AlliedSignal’s engineered materials sector, with responsibility for strategy, mergers and acquisitions, Asian business and other areas of growth. In 1997, he was named senior vice president of Nova Chemicals and president of its styrenics division, where he significantly improved the business by growing sales, increasing profitability and building the division into a market leader.
Most recently, Mr. Lucas was the founder and CEO of OpenWebs Corporation, Pittsburgh, PA. In July 2001, he successfully merged OpenWebs with BTN to create a leading provider of peer-to-peer software for private networks and industry exchanges.
Mr. Lucas holds a bachelor’s degree in both finance and accounting from the University of California at Berkeley, as well as a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.