PE-backed Avantor names new EVP of lab products

Avantor Performance Materials, a portfolio company of New Mountain Capital, has hired Helen Evans as executive vice president of laboratory products. Previously, Evans worked at GE Healthcare where she served as general manager of research markets for the U.S. and Canada. Based in Center Valley, Penn., Avantor is a provider of high-performance chemistries.

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CENTER VALLEY, PA–(Marketwired – Apr 8, 2014) – Avantor™ Performance Materials, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-performance chemistries, announces the appointment of Helen Evans as executive vice president, laboratory products.
Evans brings nearly 25 years of life sciences experience to this role. Most recently, she served as General Manager – Research Markets, U.S. and Canada, for GE Healthcare, where she led sales and marketing activities for the GE Life Sciences Research Markets business. Prior to that time, Evans held various leadership positions with Whatman, Inc., a manufacturer and supplier of laboratory products that was acquired by GE Healthcare in 2008, including positions in business development, strategic marketing, sales and product management.
She holds a master’s degree in Marketing from Greenwich University, United Kingdom, and an Executive MBA from the University of London, Ashridge Management College.
“Avantor has been a leader in the laboratory products space since the company was founded more than a century ago,” said Richard White, chief operating officer and interim CEO at Avantor. “Helen has the experience necessary to build on this unique tradition, helping us to grow market share while meeting the needs of our global laboratory products customers.”
“Helen has proven that she understands the needs of laboratory products customers around the world,” said Raj Gupta, chairman of Avantor. “She knows that research scientists require high-purity, consistent chemicals and reagents to innovate. Her industry knowledge will be invaluable as Avantor works to grow its laboratory products business and achieve long-term success and profitability.”
“With respected brands and a global footprint, Avantor’s laboratory products business is positioned well for sustained growth,” said Matt Holt, managing director of New Mountain Capital, which owns Avantor. “Helen’s strategic insight and practical industry knowledge will serve Avantor’s executive team well, as we work to leverage our strengths for the benefit of our laboratory products customers worldwide.”
As executive vice president, laboratory products, Evans will be accountable for all of Avantor’s laboratory products commercial endeavors, including strategy development. She will be based at Avantor’s corporate headquarters in Center Valley, PA.
Visit www.avantormaterials.com or www.twitter.com/avantor_news for more information.
About Avantor™ Performance Materials
Based in Center Valley, PA (USA), Avantor Performance Materials manufactures and markets high-performance chemistries and materials around the world under several respected brand names, including the J.T.Baker®, Macron Fine Chemicals™, Rankem™, BeneSphera™, and POCH™ brands.
Avantor products are used in a wide range of industries. Our biomedical and life science solutions are used in pharmaceutical production, laboratory research for academic, industry and quality control, and in medical lab testing. Our electronics solutions are used in the manufacturing of semiconductors. For additional information please visit www.avantormaterials.com or follow www.twitter.com/avantor_news.
About New Mountain Capital
New Mountain Capital is a New York‐based private equity firm that emphasizes business building and growth, rather than debt, as it pursues long‐term capital appreciation. The firm currently manages private and public equity funds with approximately $12 billion in aggregate capital commitments. New Mountain seeks out what it believes to be the highest-quality growth leaders in carefully selected industry sectors and then works intensively with management to build the value of these companies. For more information on New Mountain Capital, please visit www.newmountaincapital.com.

 

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