Avkem Executive Appointments Announced

Avkem executive appointments have been made to strategically position the company for future growth.

avkem-executive-presidentLaurence Secrest has been promoted to President of Avkem and will now have responsibility for oversight of Avkem’s global sales and marketing operations.  Mr. Secrest stated “I am enthusiastic about this role, and very excited about working with our sales team and exciting market, as we strategically position Avkem for solid growth in 2017 and beyond.” Mr. Secrest, who has been with Avkem since 2007, previously held the title of COO.  His 23-year career also includes serving as a consultant with The Recovery Group (now Deloitte CRG) and as Purchasing Manager for PPC Insulators.  Laurence is a graduate of the University of Tennessee with a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance.

avkem-executive-newRobert Sitterson has been promoted to Vice President of Operations and will now be responsible for managing the day to day tactical direction of Avkem’s manufacturing and supply chain operations in the United States and Mexico.  Mr. Sitterson added “I am excited about my new role within Avkem and look forward to continuing to grow and develop our operations to support our overall position as the leader in our markets.” Mr. Sitterson, who joined Avkem in 2010, previously held the title of Refractory Product Line Manager.  Prior to joining Avkem, he worked for Container Technologies, Intex Enterprises, and PPC Insulators in production, procurement, and business management roles.  Robert holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Tusculum College.

David Youngblood, CEO of Avkem, stated “We are excited about the promotions of both Laurence and Robert, and for the leadership they will provide in their respective areas.  Their combined 15 years of experience with our company will be a key enabler to our strategic direction and long-term growth plans.”


Avkem International, a leading supplier of processing chemicals and insulating consumables for the foundry industry, including flux, refractory insulation, and other molten metal processing supplies, has operations in both the United States and Mexico.  With roots dating back 25 years, our multinational company focuses on providing innovative, high-quality solutions for our customers.  Private equity firm Deer Creek Holdings, an investor in the company since 2015, has a longer-term investment horizon than most traditional private equity firms.

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