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					                                               MARK V. ALEXANDER
                                                                                        C (203) 917-8131 H (860) 350-4898
Bridgewater, CT 06752                                                                   Email: markalex.2012@gmail.com
                       LEADERSHIP | PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT | GROWTH STRATEGIES
Highly-skilled and results-driven Senior Technical Manager with strong leadership experience and a proven record
of achieving growth and productivity objectives across a broad range of product lines. Recognized ability to lead
global teams, collaborate across functions, and manage multiple diverse projects to successful commercialization.
Adept at combining a broad technical background with a global business perspective to identify growth
opportunities in new regions and channels.

                                                    COMPETENCIES
   • Team Leadership & Development                                 •   Strategic Planning / Project Management
    New Product Development / Re-engineering                      •   Cross-Functional Collaboration
    Packaging Engineering                                         •   Communicating & Influencing at All Levels
    Organizational Alignment                                      •   Business Development Strategies
   • Regulatory Surveillance & Response Strategies                 •   New Product Ideation & Innovation
   • Budget Management                                             •   Product Lifecycle Management
   • Continuous Improvement & Cost Efficiencies                    •   Performance Metrics & Data Driven Decisions

                                             PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
HONEYWELL - PRESTONE PRODUCTS CORP (A brand within the Consumer Products Group)                             1994 – Oct 2011
WORLD-WIDE R&D MANAGER, Car Care               (2004 – Oct 2011)
Managed a global team of 14 scientists and led completion of over 30 growth, maintenance and productivity projects
annually for U.S. and European CPG businesses, achieving $20M in benefits
  • Collaborated with Marketing and Sales to identify new product concepts based on emerging trends and consumer
    research, and developed technology roadmaps aligned with broader business 5-year growth initiatives
  • Drove innovation in formulating products across multiple forms (liquids, aerosols, wipes) and categories
    (oil/fuel/driveline additives, surface cleaners, cooling system treatments, chemical tuneup)
  • Managed team projects through the entire product development process, from initial concept and VOC through post-
    launch customer technical support; Improved the project management stage gate process by implementing formal
    Leadership review of high-impact projects, and used the new process to launch five products for a key customer trial
    under a tight deadline
  • Created a Project Leadership Committee process to align R&D resources with internal customer project requests,
    ensuring proper prioritization, and managed budgets to support two independent P&L businesses
  • Acted as a core member of the Brand team, setting strategy and addressing critical business issues; Selected by
    Leadership to lead a major project to assess product profitability by sku and customer, driving to pricing and
    rationalization decisions
  • Conducted comprehensive regulatory, technology and consumer needs assessments, resulting in new fuel additive
    products with revenue of $1M and clearer communication of product features/benefits for existing products; Developed
    a new global safety product composition and associated IP strategy to enable share of demand growth worth $15M
  • Partnered with US, European and Asian business teams to identify opportunities in new markets and channels,
    and provided critical support for launches and localization in all regions; Utilized external partners and EMR suppliers
    to develop an innovative new line of cleaning products targeted to women, resulting in $7M initial sales
   Managed technical resources in support of productivity projects with savings of over $5M, including initiatives to reduce
    carton compression strength and implement in-house bottle manufacturing
  • Identified and implemented process improvements such as Risk-Management Sign-Off and one called Quick Hits, to
    speed product launches, while promoting a mindset of intelligent risk-taking
   Led cross-functional teams to explore external manufacturing efficiencies, leverage supplier resources and technology
    expertise, and share best practices with other consumer products companies
MARK V. ALEXANDER                                                                                                  Page 2

WORK EXPERIENCE: (Continued)
  • Teamed with Legal to effectively defend the business against product claims challenges from US and EU agencies
  • Presented to the California Air Resources Board and successfully negotiated product regulation exemptions that
    protected company products from phase-out

SENIOR GROUP LEADER, Car Care             (1994 – 2004)
Assumed leadership for all R&D activities in the Car Care group and a team of six scientists/technicians working in
partnership with Sales and Marketing; Promoted to Group Leader and then Senior Group Leader.
   • Developed and launched 36 new products in three years to establish Prestone as a viable, privately-owned brand. Was
     a catalyst in driving cross-functional activities
   • Fostered partnerships with key customers across multiple channels, through technical training and support, resulting in
     significant product listings
   • Instituted Best Practices between R&D teams for US and European CPG businesses to enhance collaboration and
     promote global product utilization.
   • Acted on multiple committees of the Consumer Specialty Products Association to identify potential regulatory threats
     and responses

FIRST BRANDS CORP - Danbury, CT                                                                                 1986 - 1994
SENIOR PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT CHEMIST
Worked with Sales and Marketing to grow the business through new product innovations in multiple product categories;
Promoted from Product Development Chemist
   • Expanded portfolio of new product launches and managed a technical team of three people.
   • Developed and commercialized an emulsion process, saving $1 million a year

                                    EDUCATION & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA, Minneapolis, MN
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering

WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY, Danbury, CT
Courses completed in Finance, Accounting, Marketing, and Business Statistics

Certification & Training:
Six Sigma Greenbelt; Design for Six Sigma; Design of Experiments; Leadership Workshop; Strategic Marketing Plan
Workshop; Voice of the Customer Workshop; Essentials of Project Management

                                            PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS

Consumer Specialty Products Association (CSPA):           Cleaning Products Committee, Aerosol Products Committee
                                                          Industrial & Automotive Products Executive Board
Automotive Specialty Products Association (ASPA):         Technical Advisory Committee
Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE)

                                         PATENTS / AWARDS / PUBLICATIONS

Patents: Low VOC Cleaning Composition, Automotive Additive Composition, Method for Preventing Frost Formation; Patent
          Application on Next-Generation Tire Inflator/Sealer Propellant Composition
Awards: Quest for Excellence SBU Award; CPG President's Award for Living the Winning Culture; CPG President's Award
        for work with the Consumer Products Safety Commission
Publications: A Modern Approach to Evaluation of Ethylene Glycol Based Coolants (SAE 88026)

				
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Description: Mark Alexander is a highly-skilled and results-driven Senior Technical Manager with strong leadership experience and a proven record of achieving growth and productivity objectives across a broad range of product lines.