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Chemical Search International Global Consulting Team

We are a boutique search firm but with a global footprint to reflect the international nature of our client base. We believe our innovative structure which makes this possible is unique and means we can offer clients a truly global, cross-boarder search capability whilst retaining the nimbleness and flexibility of a small business. Our core consulting team is leveraged by a growing board of executive advisors and business developers, many of whom are well-connected executives from our industries, independent consultants or deep sector experts.

Executive Search

If you are an experienced executive search consultant looking for a more sector-focused firm or midcareer industry executive interested in switching to executive search we’d be interested to talk. We offer an entrepreneurial, collegiate setting, 100% sector focus and a global outlook, plus high brand recognition, established infrastructure and a loyal client base. We can offer truly unlimited earnings from both search assignments and our ChemExec℠ | Executive Club , plus the flexibility to work from home.

Advisory Board

We already have a strong and established board of Business Developers and Executive Advisors, some of whom are shown on our Team page. Business Developers work closely with us to help expand new geographic regions or parts of our value-chain. Executive Advisors work with us in a public or confidential capacity to help identify opportunities and find talent. In an industry as vast and fragmented as ours, we believe our model is a true differentiator and helps explain our success.

To learn more or arrange an exploratory call please contact us.

ChemExec℠ Promoter

If you have a large network and would like to help us grow our Executive Club then please get in touch. We would be happy to offer you a special discount code to pass onto your contacts so they can enjoy our Club’s premium services at a privileged rate. We would also pay you 20% of any purchase they make when using this code. This could be done in your spare time with very little effort and could potentially grow to a significant sum! To learn more please email us.

Asia Pacific

Nigel M. Gibbs

Managing Partner | Asia

KL, Malaysia

Nigel has over 25 years proven International Business and Commercial Leadership experience across the Chemicals & Advanced Materials industries with companies including Johnson Matthey, Ciba-Geigy, Huntsman, Cabot, Pidilite, CP Kelco, Fosroc and ICI Dulux. He has also held several International Company Directorship roles (in the UK and Asia)...

Nigel M. Gibbs

Managing Partner | Asia

KL, Malaysia

Nigel has over 25 years proven International Business and Commercial Leadership experience across the Chemicals & Advanced Materials industries with companies including Johnson Matthey, Ciba-Geigy, Huntsman, Cabot, Pidilite, CP Kelco, Fosroc and ICI Dulux. He has also held several International Company Directorship roles (in the UK and Asia).

He has worked in the UK, Europe, Middle East and more recently 18 years living and working in Asia Pacific successfully growing the business numbers and developing teams across the region. In addition to the UK and Europe, Nigel has successfully established, lead & managed businesses across the Asia Pacific & Middle East region (including Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore, Myanmar, India, China, Japan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, UAE and Australia).

More recently he has been advising companies on Commercial Excellence - including strategy, market segmentation, business development, sales force effectiveness etc where he brings his combined experience and passions of business and people leadership together with a solid understanding of the market and global business landscape. Nigel joined CSI in 2015 to develop our Executive Search capabilities across Asia Pacific.

Nigel has a BSc(Hons) in Applied Chemistry from the University of Portsmouth UK, a postgraduate Diploma in Marketing from the Chartered Institute of Marketing UK and a Certificate in Management from the Chartered Management Institute UK. He has also qualified as a Chartered Chemist and a Chartered Marketer.

Nigel lives with his family in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and travels widely across the APAC region.

Languages spoken: English

Denise Lee

Principal Consultant | North Asia

Hong Kong

Denise Lee has over 20 years’ sales and marketing experiences in specialty chemical & plastics industries in Asia Pacific Region. She has extensive exposure to the diverse countries in Asia Pacific, including Asean countries, Greater China, Australia, New Zealand, North Asia, and India and sub-continentals with her sales leading role i...

Denise Lee

Principal Consultant | North Asia

Hong Kong

Denise Lee has over 20 years’ sales and marketing experiences in specialty chemical & plastics industries in Asia Pacific Region. She has extensive exposure to the diverse countries in Asia Pacific, including Asean countries, Greater China, Australia, New Zealand, North Asia, and India and sub-continentals with her sales leading role in global chemical companies.

Denise has knowledge and experiences in dealing with different cultures and business philosophies across Asia Pacific Region. She studied in Taiwan for her Bachelor degree and obtains EMBA degree from The Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Denise is now located in Hong Kong, which is a convenient hub to develop business in North Asia and Greater China market.

Languages spoken: English, Cantonese, Mandarin

Rajeev Pandia

Director Business Development, Asia

Mumbai, India

During a career spanning 40 years, Rajeev Pandia has been associated with strategic planning, project evaluation and management, technology transfer, international marketing, Government policies and general management, while focusing on Petrochemicals and specialty chemicals. During 2000-2002, he was the President of Indian Chemical Manufacturer...

Rajeev Pandia

Director Business Development, Asia

Mumbai, India

During a career spanning 40 years, Rajeev Pandia has been associated with strategic planning, project evaluation and management, technology transfer, international marketing, Government policies and general management, while focusing on Petrochemicals and specialty chemicals. During 2000-2002, he was the President of Indian Chemical Manufacturers Association (now Indian Chemical Council). As a Board member and Consultant, he now advises several Indian and international companies in the areas of Strategy, Project execution and Operational Excellence.

Rajeev headed Herdillia Chemicals Limited (later Schenectady Herdillia Limited and SI Group ? India Limited) from 1992 and was its Vice Chairman and Managing Director until December 2008. He was thereafter Group Adviser and Director ? Global Markets of SI Group, USA.

He has been invited to make presentations on a wide range of subjects at about 120 international conferences in the USA, Europe and Asia and has written extensively for many reputed journals and financial newspapers. From August 2014 Rajeev will be working with Chemical Search International to help develop our business interests across Asia.

Rajeev is a graduate in Chemical Engineering from Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai, India and holds the Master?s degree in the same field from Stanford University, California.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Gautam Mahalik

Principal Consultant | South Asia

Pune, India

Gautam has close to 25 years experience in industrial marketing companies involved in chemicals and materials, principally in senior commercial management. His experience has been with leading WW corporations and involved 5 years living and working in Shanghai, China.

His career started with Reliance Industries before moving to GE Silico...

Gautam Mahalik

Principal Consultant | South Asia

Pune, India

Gautam has close to 25 years experience in industrial marketing companies involved in chemicals and materials, principally in senior commercial management. His experience has been with leading WW corporations and involved 5 years living and working in Shanghai, China.

His career started with Reliance Industries before moving to GE Silicones, St. Gobain, Owens Corning, Tyco Sanmar and most recently ASK Chemicals, where he held the position of President & CEO. Gautam then established an independent Management Consultancy & Advisory company for India and South Asia and before joining CSI’s global consulting team.

Gautam has a BSc in Chemical Engineering from the National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and an MBA, Marketing from the Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow. Gautam is based in Pune, India and travels widely.

Languages spoken: English, Hindi

Rick Cutting

Principal Consultant | Oceania

Melbourne, Australia

Rick has over 30 years’ experience in the PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) sector. His early years were with 3M Australia (14 years) in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles.

From 1994 to 2011 he worked for Avery Dennison in Key Sales & Marketing roles in Australia and Asia Pacific. He was involved in Global, Asia Pacific and...

Rick Cutting

Principal Consultant | Oceania

Melbourne, Australia

Rick has over 30 years’ experience in the PSA (Pressure Sensitive Adhesive) sector. His early years were with 3M Australia (14 years) in a variety of Sales and Marketing roles.

From 1994 to 2011 he worked for Avery Dennison in Key Sales & Marketing roles in Australia and Asia Pacific. He was involved in Global, Asia Pacific and ANZ Leadership Teams.

Since 2012 he has been working as an Independent Consultant for many Asia Pacific and ANZ companies on PSA opportunities in the Automotive, Building Construction, HVAC and Acoustic markets.

Rick has lived in Melbourne, Sydney, Singapore and travelled widely in his career.

Languages spoken: English