Thomas Swan & Co. Ltd. has appointed Ray Fahmy as President of its US subsidiary Swan Chemical Inc. (SCI). Ray began his employment with the company in April 2019, taking over from Chuck Van Fleet who has retired following 22 years’ service with the company. SCI forms a substantial part of Thomas Swan’s global presence with annual sales approaching $15M and responsibility for the distribution of Thomas Swan products across both North and South America.
Ray brings extensive knowledge and capability to the role with over thirty years of experience in the Specialty Chemical industry and specifically within the Biocide and Preservatives market. Prior to joining SCI, Ray spent seven years with Lonza Inc., where he headed their Hygiene and Preservation business globally.
Commenting on his appointment Ray said: “I’m very excited to join Swan Chemical and the Thomas Swan team. I was immediately impressed by the company’s values, the team’s dedication to the business and level of professionalism. I look forward to working with our North America team as we continue to grow the region and build on the strong foundation developed by Chuck and Thomas Swan.”
Harry Swan, CEO of Thomas Swan added: “Ray is a key appointment for us as we look to grow SCI over the coming years. The North and South American markets are a strategic growth area for Thomas Swan through additional sales of our UK manufactured products, wider distribution of other companies’ products and the establishment of our Contract Manufacturing services in the USA. I’m thrilled that Ray agreed to join Thomas Swan and I look forward to working with him. I would also like to thank Chuck for his remarkable contribution to SCI and Thomas Swan. He will be greatly missed, and I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.”
Chuck said: “It has been an honor to be part of Thomas Swan for the second half of my 45 years in the chemical industry; a company committed to integrity, excellence, innovation, sustainability and teamwork. It has also been a pleasure to recruit and lead a second-to-none team at Swan Chemical Inc., who has had many stellar accomplishments; large sales, earnings and market share gains, two acquisitions closed & outstanding ratings both from customers and for all quality metrics. I am particularly pleased with the recruitment of Ray as my replacement, who undoubtedly will continue our growth and excellence.”