Gelest, Inc., a supplier of customized and highly specialized organosilicon compounds, metal-organic compounds, and silicone materials, has named Ken Gayer as chief executive officer (CEO). He brings more than 20 years of global chemical industry leadership experience to his new role at Gelest. Most recently, Gayer served as business president of Honeywell Specialty Products, of Honeywell International. Prior to his latest role, he had a long tenure at Honeywell in a variety of leadership positions including vice-president and general manager at Honeywell Fluorine Products; vice-president of procurement, customer service, trade compliance, transportation and logistics; and global business director of foam and industrial products. Prior to Honeywell, Gayer held leadership roles at McKinsey & Company and Polaroid Corp., and served as a lieutenant in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Force. He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from MIT, and a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. Barry Arkles, who founded Gelest in 1991, will remain with Gelest as chief technology officer and as chairman of the Board of Directors. “We enthusiastically welcome Ken to Gelest,” he said. “Ken has extensive leadership experience in our field, and he has a proven track record of driving excellence across commercial and operations functions. His leadership will serve Gelest well in its next phase of growth.” “We see many opportunities for Gelest to continue to build on its exceptional technology and client service capabilities and to partner with its customers to find new ways to address their most pressing needs,” added Andre Moura, managing director at New Mountain Capital, which invested in Gelest in March 2017. “We are confident in Ken’s ability to grow Gelest, and we see a bright future for all of Gelest’s stakeholders.”