Advisory Board

Silicone Elastomers 2017 Consulting Experts from

  • Chris Claussen

    Silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare Momentive Performance Materials

    Chris Claussen has over 19 years of elastomer expertise.  Chris currently is the silicone elastomer Global Marketing Manager for Healthcare at Momentive Performance Materials.  Chris has held other leadership roles within Momentive over the last 13 years, including Regional Marketing Manager for Consumer Goods(North America), Field Market Developer(Healthcare & Consumer) and Account Manager. Chris holds an MBA from Indiana University and a Bachelors of Science in Chemistry from University of Wisconsin Stevens Point.

  • Patrick Ellis

    Associate Consultant Smithers Rapra

    Patrick Ellis qualified at the Borough polytechnic as a Plastics Technologist in 1959. He worked for Shell Chemicals first in the field of epoxy resins and later in the development of expanded polystyrene. He left Shell in 1963 to join Borg-Warner Chemicals, where he was responsible for the development of wide ABS sheet, particularly for small marine craft. In 1970 he joined GEP as Area Sales Manager and in 1972 he moved Monsanto to develop their position in the European automotive industry. In 1976 he joined Hercules Europe as Technical Manager responsible for injection and blow moulding PP business.

    When Hercules and Montedison formed Himont, he was appointed European Market Development Manager. Later Neste Chemicals bought the Himont Belgium operation, when was asked to become part of Neste Polypropylene as Business Development Manager. In 1991, he left Nest to set up his own consultancy business, where he has carried out numerous single and multi-clients’ studies on polyolefins processes and catalysts, compounding of polyolefins and thermoplastics elastomers, as well as a number of global elastomer studies. He has recently finished a global elastomer study for Smithers and as well as one on global thermoplastic elastomers (TPE) and another on the European market for fibre reinforced thermoplastics (FRT).

    • France
  • Oliver Franssen

    Global Marketing Director Elastomers Transportation Momentive Performance Materials GmbH

    Oliver Franssen studied Mechanical Engineering and Plastics Technology at RWTH Aachen / IKV in Germany and received his engineer diploma in 1990. He started his professional career 1990 at Dätwyler / Switzerland as project leader for rubber precision parts for the Automotive Industry. In 1996, Oliver joined DuPont-Dow Elastomers as Market Development Manager for Automotive. Between 2001 and 2003 he was the commercial director at Omnexus in Europe. In 2004 he joined Momentive Performance Materials (formerly GE Bayer Silicones) in Automotive Marketing for Elastomers. Since 2008 he is the Global Marketing Director of this segment.

    • Germany
  • Robert Pelletier

    Technical Sales of Dosing Systems Elmet NA

    Mr. Pelletier received a BBA from Western Michigan University and an AS in Science from Schoolcraft College and has taught many classes on Liquid Silicone Rubber Dispensing. He has worked in the LSR & RTV industry for over 23 years mostly in sales and marketing but has been involved with machine programming and development, technical writing and product literature. His knowledge of the systems is largely based on his hands-on approach and enjoys passing this information onto the customers via training classes, customer installations and technical seminars. His current role as Technical Sales of Dosing Systems of Elmet NA allows him to interact directly with customers both domestic and foreign, industry experts and suppliers throughout the world. His world travel offers a unique perspective of the entire LSR market and its diverse segments.

    Mr. Pelletier is married and has two sons and a daughter and enjoys Coaching, Skiing, Golfing and spending time with his family in his time off.

  • Sarah Sitz

    Corporate Sector Research and Advanced Engineering – Plastics Engineering Robert Bosch GmbH

    Sarah Sitz studied chemistry and English at RWTH Aachen University, Germany. She spend time at the University of York, England, before she received her degree in 2009. As a scientific staff member at the Institute of Plastics Processing (IKV) at RWTH Aachen University, Germany, she was responsible for the work group "rubber extrusion". In 2015, she obtained her doctoral degree in mechanical engineering at RWTH Aachen University on physical foaming of silicone rubbers in an extrusion process.

    She joined corporate research at Robert Bosch GmbH in 2014. Besides research activities, her responsibilities include central material release for elastomers as well as consultation on elastomer materials and processing for all business units at Robert Bosch GmbH.

  • Rick Ziebell

    Vice President of Technology R.D.Abbott Company, Inc.

    Rick A. Ziebell, is a Graduate of Chemical and Materials Engineering from California Polytechnic University with advanced studies in Polymer Science and is a multiple patentee in silicone rubber technology. With over thirty years of experience in both rubber fabrication and raw material technologies, he lectures the accredited Two-Semester Basic Rubber Technology Course for The Los Angeles Rubber Group (TLARGI) and the Advanced Rubber Technology courses for ACS Rubber Division. He holds the position of Vice President of Technology & Innovation at R.D. Abbott Company, a leading supplier of rubber polymers and chemicals in North America.