Sun Chemical (sunchemical.com) has appointed Myron Petruch as its president and chief executive officer effective January 1, 2019. Petruch assumes leadership of Sun Chemical after serving as president of Sun Chemical Performance Pigments and general manager of the Pigments Products Division since 2008. He succeeds Rudi Lenz who will transition to the new role of vice chairman of the board at Sun Chemical.
The Performance Pigments division has had eight consecutive years of record sales under Petruch’s leadership. He has additionally secured eight bolt-on global acquisitions that have proven to be solid additions to the division, including the high-purity iron oxides business of Cathay Industries in 2018, Kingfisher Colours in 2015 and Benda-Lutz in 2012.
In 2017, Petruch was named an executive officer of DIC Corp., Sun Chemical’s parent company. He previously has been recognized with the “Man of the Year” award by the Metro New York Printing Ink Association and the Coatings Industry Achievement Award from the American Coatings Association in 2014.
Petruch earned a master’s degree of business administration from Seton Hall University and a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He started his career at Engelhard in 1986 and held a number of positions including sales manager, product manager, director of sales and marketing, and general manager before joining Sun Chemical.