HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Solugen Inc., an emerging specialty chemicals manufacturer and the world’s first and only producer of bio-based peroxide solutions, today announced that veteran specialty chemicals executive Jason Roberts has joined the company as President. Roberts brings nearly 10 years of experience working in the oil and gas industry and will provide extensive sales and business development experience to Solugen’s rapidly growing team. In this new role, he will be responsible for expanding Solugen’s innovative chemicals platform into new business units to help maximize value and cost savings for customers.
“What I found most compelling about Solugen was the company’s quick successes and their overarching goal of decarbonizing the chemicals industry,” said Roberts. “The company’s fundamental chemistry and technologies have created products that no one in the industry currently has. I am excited to join this young company’s fast moving team at such a significant time in its history and look forward to helping scale their innovative products and services.”
In his most recent role as Innospec Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Sales, Roberts oversaw sales and management throughout North, Central, and South America for the company’s Oilfield Services division and helped more than double its revenue from $49.7 million in 2016 to $108.5 million in 2018. Prior to this, he served as Vice President of Sales, Director of Sales and Regional Sales Manager Performance Fuel Chemicals/Sales Manager Oilfield Specialties at Innsopec. Roberts was also account manager and business product specialist at an insurance firm and began his career as a Sales Manager-Americas for a company that designs and manufactures liquid filling systems for various industries.
“Jason’s understanding of the specialty chemicals industry combined with his proven track record of achieving sales growth and results is exactly what Solugen needs as we continue to grow and pursue new opportunities,” said Solugen CEO Gaurab Chakrabarti, M.D., Ph.D. “Our recent funding round, new hires and clients and more have paved the way for us to bring on a talent like Jason who can help us continue to aggressively grow our market share by expanding customer use of our products and helping drive even greater customer results. He’s going to be a great addition to an already successful, energetic team and an invaluable asset to our future success.”
Roberts also currently serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Transportation Club Internal (Largest Global Fleet Association).
Solugen has been quickly growing since its founding in 2016. In May the company announced the closing of $32 million in Series B funding led by Founders Fund with key participation from other venture capital investors. The capital raise came on the heels of the company securing $13.5 million in October 2018. It also recently began construction on a new state-of-the-art 200,000 square foot headquarters in Southwest Houston that will be completed early next year and house its R&D and logistics operation.
Founded in 2016 by Gaurab Chakrabarti, M.D., Ph.D., and Sean Hunt, Ph.D., Solugen is a specialty chemicals manufacturer and world’s first and only producer of bio-based chemical peroxide solutions that applies green chemistry principles to re-design the production of a variety of ingredients. Solugen's mission is to help the fight against climate change by creating cleaner, greener, and safer chemical processes that reduce reliance on non-renewable resources and energy-intensive manufacturing, without sacrificing safety and efficacy. To learn more, visit www.solugentech.com.