Gelest Inc. has appointed Jim Whitlock to the newly created position of Chief Operations Officer, to deepen its senior leadership team in conjunction with the company’s continuing growth.   “Jim has over 30 years of experience in the silicone business, including roles as senior vice president and corporate vice president with Dow Corning in its Core Products Business and Global Manufacturing & Engineering Operations, and he is joining Gelest at a pivotal time,” says Ken Gayer, Chief Executive Officer of Gelest.  “The expansion of our senior leadership team reflects Gelest’s commitment to operational excellence and growth as a globally recognized leading innovator and manufacturer of highly value-added advanced materials. With Jim’s appointment, we look forward to improving customer satisfaction and operational performance in every respect and accelerating our growth in advanced technology end markets with the support of our partners at New Mountain Capital.” Whitlock joins Gelest from Honeywell, where he served as Vice President of Integrated Supply Chain for the Performance Materials & Technology business Group.  Gelest, Inc., headquartered in Morrisville, PA, is an innovator, manufacturer and supplier of silicones, organosilanes, and metal-organics for advanced technology end markets including medical device, life sciences, microelectronics, personal care, and advanced coatings, adhesives, sealants, elastomers (CASE) markets.