Pilot Chemical Corp. plans to invest millions in the development and commercialization of new products and technologies over the next four years while also building a strong cultural foundation through a companywide, comprehensive Change Management program.
“Mike brings fresh eyes and experience with turning strategy into operational and financial success,” CEO Pam Butcher said. “He is a strong leader who brings a good line of sight to Pilot’s vision while managing the ongoing operation of our business.”
As part of this effort to make Pilot more responsive to its customers, as well as nimbler and more leading-edge, the senior leadership team has been reorganized to align against the new strategy. Various leaders will take on new roles based on the “structure follows strategy” best practice. No jobs have been eliminated in the initiative.
Key organizational changes include:
- Glynn Goertzen, president of Pilot’s Liquid Minerals Group subsidiary and Pilot’s VP of corporate development, will lead the launch and execution of the Change Management program along with ensuring strategic alignment across all functions. Bill Rohrer, who has been named director – strategy and project management, will support Goertzen;
- Catherine Ochterski was named VP of HR;
- Mike Bizzarro was named director of manufacturing, in addition to his current role as the manager of the Middletown, OH, manufacturing site. He will support plant managers and promote the implementation of best practices across Pilot’s five manufacturing facilities;
- David Waizmann assumed the role of director – digitalization. He will oversee the development and execution of a comprehensive digitalization road map, to include exploring more robust use of data analytics to strengthen market focus;
- Mark Moser was named director – information technology. He will oversee the upgrading of Pilot’s IT infrastructure companywide.
“Under Pam’s trusted leadership, we have achieved significant success and built a strategy that increases investment in our plants, spurs innovation and motivates our employees to accelerate growth,” said Paul Morrisroe, chairman. “This will allow us to continue to focus on what’s right for our customers, employees and communities and to ensure our long-term sustainability.”