Ropella Group Launches CEO Search for Nanotech Industrial Solutions

September 4, 2018 – Milton, FL-headquartered executive search firm Ropella Group has been selected by Nanotech Industrial Solutions (NIS) to lead its hunt for a new CEO. NIS is seeking a visionary CEO to lead the company through exponential growth and establish a strong strategic direction for the future, said the recruiter.

NIS was the first company to succeed in commercially producing multi-layered, spherical and tubular nanostructures from inorganic materials, and remains the world’s only manufacturer of nano and submicron spherical-sized particles of inorganic fullerene-like tungsten disulfide. These technologies are primarily applied to lubricant applications within various infrastructure industries, including oil and gas drilling, space and defense, and power generation plants.

Job Requirements

The CEO will have the opportunity to establish a vision for the company over the next three to five years and beyond, including expanded revenue from $1.5 million to $5 to 10 million in the next one to two years, said Ropella Group.

“The foundation of this growth lies on maturing joint development agreements with large clients including Total Global and Evonik,” said the search firm. “With this growth comes the opportunity to travel to NIS’s production facility in Israel, as well as to current and prospective key clients in France, Germany and others.”


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The CEO will be first in command at NIS, responsible for creating a vision for success, providing strategic direction, driving development and guiding the company and its employees toward long-term success, said the search firm. The ideal candidate will be a skilled executive with a demonstrated ability to focus on the big picture.

“They will take actions to enhance the company’s cash flow and position the company as a lucrative investment opportunity for new strategic partners,” said Ropella Group. “They need to have an entrepreneurial mindset, familiarity with diverse business functions, in-depth knowledge of corporate governance and strong acumen surrounding corporate finance.”

Veteran Recruiters

For the past 35 years, Ropella has been a strategic partner serving clients in the chemical, technology and consumer products industries. Among the firm’s clients are global chemical companies such as BASF, Dow, Akzo Nobel, Tate & Lyle, National Starch (Ingredion), IFF and Lonza; technology companies such as GE, J&J, Ethicon, Tyco, Sony, PPG and Benjamin Moore; and consumer products companies like Clorox, Nike, Bayer, Whirlpool, JM Smucker, Shell Gas and Reckitt Benckiser.

As president of Ropella Group, Robbie Ropella works closely with her husband, Patrick Ropella, chairman and CEO, to provide synergy and balance to the search team. As a highly experienced “jack of all trades,” she steps in wherever she is most needed, with her role sometimes changing moment by moment. Ms. Ropella has over 25 years of recruiting experience in the chemical, allied and high technology industries, giving her insight into the unique career, recruitment and hiring challenges faced by leaders in these areas.


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The SMART Search System

Ropella uses its proprietary SMART Search System, which was designed to drive the quality and speed of its searches. The system “helps us find highly specialized executives you can’t effectively recruit on your own, in about 10 days,” said the firm. “It impacts an organization’s long-term success, enhances their employment brand and yields a greater quality of hire.”

“I speak for myself when I say that the Ropella process has been impressive with regard to other search firms and headhunters we’ve used in the past,” said Clint Shepard, talent acquisition leader at the Dow Chemical Company. “Truly a dynamic process between the research efforts, skill surveys, marketing piece and executive summaries.”

Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media

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