Ropella Launches President Search for Swan Chemical Inc.

LYNDHURST, NEW JERSEY, OCTOBER 4, 2018 – The Ropella Group, the leading Executive Search firm specializing in the chemical, consumer products and technology industries, has launched a new search on behalf of Thomas Swan & Company Ltd., who is looking for a hands-on President to lead their Swan Chemical Inc. (SCI) organization.

Thomas Swan is an independent, family-owned chemical manufacturing company with an eye towards innovation.  Founded in 1926 in the UK, Thomas Swan began in road surfacing; they have since diversified into a wide range of businesses, with over 100 product offerings across a variety of industries.

SCI is a wholly owned, US-based subsidiary of Thomas Swan & Company Ltd.  SCI has excelled in the sale and distribution of Thomas Swan’s UK-made products for many decades, and it has experienced 4 years of strong growth under current President Chuck Van Fleet and is now approaching $15M in annual sales.  Despite SCI’s strong ties to their parent company, they are run as a stand-alone small business.  They are currently budgeted for 6 employees and maintain an emphasis on “outside the box” growth planning and implementation.

The President search is part of their succession planning, as Chuck Van Fleet is preparing to retire after 21 years of dedicated service at SCI.

Job Requirements

The President is a key executive position at SCI, reporting directly to the owner of Thomas Swan, Harry Swan.  The President will have the opportunity to lead a customer-centric, financially strong company.  They should be prepared to lead by example, working hands-on in the trenches with their team.  They need to be both an independent self-starter and a trustworthy team player.  A Bachelor’s degree in a technical discipline is required, with Chemistry or Chemical Engineering being preferred.

As first-in-command at SCI, the President will have the autonomy to make decisions quickly and respond accordingly with the goals of maintaining the existing business and expanding sustainably.  They will be responsible for management of the business, including budget preparation and approval, regulatory compliance and supervising toll manufacturers.  They will have ownership of all hiring, onboarding and ongoing training within SCI.  They will manage direct sales territories, as well as overseeing all sales contracts.  The President will also introduce proposals for new investments, products or other growth, and the oversight to effectively implement these strategies.

About Ropella

The Ropella Group is an Executive Search Consulting firm that has been helping companies grow and prosper by developing their most important competitive advantage – smart, capable talent – for more than 30 years.  As a strategic and trusted partner in the Chemical, Technology and Consumer Products industries, Ropella leverages its trademarked SMART Search System to transform the recruiting process in the same way that Six Sigma has transformed manufacturing processes.  From aligning expectations with clients to a Compensation Comparison Calculator, this system allows Ropella to present higher quality candidates with quicker turnaround times.  You can find out more from the Ropella Group website ( or connect with them on LinkedIn ( or Facebook (


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