Richard Chang.
IRVINE, Calif.—SDC Technologies, Inc. (SDC), a global leader in abrasion resistant coatings, announced several executive leadership changes, effective April 1. Richard Chang has been appointed as president and CEO of SDC Technologies. He will focus on “continuing SDC Technologies global leadership and growth of the company’s diversified industry market base for best-in-class high-performance coating systems,” the company said in a statement. Chang joined SDC Technologies in 2010, having most recently served as chief operating and financial officer for SDC, and general manager of FSI Coating Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC, with responsibility for all aspects of global business strategies and operations.

He has driven growth into new markets, managed several mergers and acquisitions of advanced complimentary technologies, significantly increased business, and expanded global operations, SDC said.

Prior to joining SDC, Chang held several management positions at Valspar Corp. as director of business development, operations, quality and technology. A veteran of the specialty chemicals industry for more than 25 years, he has delivered significant revenue and operating profit growth in a wide variety of global markets and industries, according to SDC.

Antonios (Tony) Grigoriou has been appointed executive officer, CEO and president of Mitsui Chemicals Americas to support parent Mitsui Chemicals Inc. (MCI) toward its 2030 Global Vision with particular emphasis to grow the Life & Healthcare Business Division in the Americas. The MCI 2030 Corporate vision is designed to respond to dynamic change creating wide ranging solutions that contribute to a sustainable future, growing by solving social challenges and creating diverse value with the power of chemistry.

Grigoriou has been with SDC since 2003 and served as president and CEO for more than a decade. He will remain as a member of SDC’s board of directors. During his leadership tenure, he has grown SDC’s Global business into new diversified markets and firmly established the company’s position as a best-in-class developer of high-performance coatings, the company said.

James White has been appointed chief financial officer for SDC Technologies Inc and is responsible for all aspects of global finance, IT, legal and business support activities. Prior to joining SDC Technologies in 2007, White worked in both public and private accounting. He has more than 20 years of experience within the coatings industry.

Founded in 1986, SDC Technologies, Inc. is headquartered in Irvine, Calif. It was acquired by Mitsui Chemicals in 2008 and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Mitsui.