White Square Chemical, Inc.

About Us & Leadership

Our Mission:
The World leader in the commercializing DCP and PNF™ based patented and non-patented applications.

Our Vision:
World class excellence in manufacturing and commercializing DCP and PNF™ based products.

Nick Hawkins — Chief Executive Officer & Board Director
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Rolf Group of Companies (the largest privately owned car retailer and distribution company in Russia) and former Partner of PwC (advisory business in Central & Eastern Europe).

Adam A. Blanco – Chief Financial Officer & Board Director
Extensive executive experience in Russia/CIS, Europe, and Latin America. Executive positions with Visa International, Dresdner Bank, Banco do Brasil, S.A. Bachelor’s from Florida International University, Russian language studies at Literaturnyi Institut im. A.M. Gorkogo (Moscow, Russia), and MBA from IESE Business School – University of Navarra (Barcelona, Spain). Fluent in English, Spanish, and Russian.

John Oakley – Chief Operating Officer
Entrepreneur in chemical manufacturing industry (Larchmont) after extensive management experience in senior positions with DuPont and other medium size manufacturers. Bachelors in chemical engineering from Cooper Union (New York City, US).

Al Temple — Vice President Sales & Marketing
Forty years of international experience with Fortune 500 companies in the areas of plastics and polymers with Borg-Warner, General Electric, and British Petroleum. B.S. in Chemistry from Purdue University and an MBA from Case Western Reserve.

Nick Hawkins — Chief Executive Officer & Board Director
Former Chief Executive Officer of the Rolf Group of Companies (the largest privately owned car retailer and distribution company in Russia) and former Partner of PwC (advisory business in Central & Eastern Europe).

Adam A. Blanco – Chief Financial Officer & Board Director
Extensive executive experience in Russia/CIS, Europe, and Latin America. Executive positions with Visa International, Dresdner Bank, Banco do Brasil, S.A. Bachelor’s from Florida International University, Russian language studies at Literaturnyi Institut im. A.M. Gorkogo (Moscow, Russia), and MBA from IESE Business School – University of Navarra (Barcelona, Spain). Fluent in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Allan Hirst — Board Chairman
Mr. Hirst is a seasoned international banking executive.  He has served as  President of Citibank Russia and had senior positions with regional responsibility for Citibank in Central and Eastern Europe/CIS and the Middle East/Indian Subcontinent . Mr Hirst currently serves on the Board of Directors of a UK based biotech firm and a health care/health insurance group in Europe.

Paul Swigart – Board Director
Mr. Swigart has extensive international finance experience in Eastern Europe and Latin America.  He began his career with CS First Boston and held an executive position at United Financial Group (Russia).  He is currently CEO VTB Capital US Operations and a Principal of Steep Rock Capital.  He earned a Bachelor’s from Princeton University in History with dual concentrations in Russian Studies and Latin American Studies.  Mr. Swigart is fluent in English, Spanish, and Russian.

Tam Basunia – Board Director
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Former PwC Partner in the Middle East, Russia and Central Europe. Currently holds a non-executive directorship with CTC Media, a NASDAQ quoted company, and Promsvyazbank, one of Russia’s largest private banks.

Alan Bigman – Board Director
Former senior executive roles with Access Industries, Inc; TNK/BP (CFO); and LyondellBasell (CFO). Bachelor’s from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard University. Fluent in English and Russian.

Elena Sickinger – Board Director
Former risk management executive at ConocoPhillips in Houston and American Way Futures at Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Undergraduate from Dnipropetrovsk State University (Dnipropetrovsk, Ukraine) and MBA from Loyola University. Fluent in English, Russian and Ukrainian.

John Hirst CBE – Board Director
Mr. Hirst was the Chief Executive of the Met Office from 2007 – 2014. Prior his sevice at the Met Office, he served as the CEO of electronics distributor Premier Farnell and also spent 19 years with ICI Plc. At ICI Plc, Mr. Hirst held senior positions including as CEO of two of ICI’s global businesses, ICI Performance Chemicals and ICI Autocolor. Mr. Hirst currently serves as a non-executive Board Director at Marsh Ltd and several other companies, is a member of the Board of Trustees of Epilepsy Research UK and SUDEP Action, and holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from the University of Leeds.

Debra Saez, Ph.D. (Chemist) – Dr. Saez has been working with polyphosphazenes for two decades. She has held positions with DuPont; Occidental Petroleum; and is also an entrepreneur. Dr. Saez founded a company, technically Inc, which provides custom organic synthesis; process development; and small-scale manufacturing services for specialty and fine organic chemical applications. Dr. Saez collaborates closely with White Square Chemical, Inc. in the scale-up of polyphosphazene manufacturing for large-scale applications. Dr. Saez holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Wayne State University and the University of Michigan. Dr. Saez also earned a doctorate in organic chemistry at the University of Wisconsin.

G. Steve Kyker, Ph.D. (Chemist) – Dr. Kyker holds twenty-one US and foreign patents and has spent much of his career in the research and development role of inorganic polymers. As a Senior Research Scientist for Firestone he developed a catalyst for the polymerization of isoprene. Dr. Kyker has held senior research and scientific positions with Firestone and Schlumberger developing inorganic elastomer applications for the oil & gas, aerospace, and automotive industries. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry & Mathematics from Tennessee Wesleyan College and a M.S and Ph.D. in Inorganic Chemistry from Ohio State University.