Richard Chang, President & CEO
Richard Chang was appointed in 2022 as President and CEO of SDC Technologies with a focus on continuing SDC’s technology global leadership and growth of the company’s diversified industry market base for best-in-class high-performance coating systems.
Richard joined SDC Technologies in 2010, having most recently served as Chief Operating and Financial Officer for SDC Technologies, and General Manager of FSI Coating Technologies, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SDC; with responsibility for all aspects of global business strategies and operations.
Prior to joining SDC and FSI, Richard held several Director level positions at Valspar Corporation as Director of Business Development, Operations, Quality and Technology. A 25- year veteran of the specialty chemicals industry, Richard has delivered significant revenue and operating profit growth in a wide variety of global markets and industries.
Richard holds a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Chemical Engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and an MBA (with honors and distinction) from Southern Methodist University (Cox) in Dallas, TX.
James White, Chief Financial Officer
James White is the Chief Financial Officer for SDC Technologies and is responsible for all aspects of global finance, IT, legal and business support activities.
Prior to joining SDC Technologies in 2007, James worked in both public and private accounting. He has more than 20 years of experience within the coatings industry.
James holds a Bachelor of Business in Accounting from California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He also maintains his Certificate of Public Accounting from California.
Masanori Iwazumi, President of SDC Technologies, Asia Pacific Pte. Ltd.
Masanori Iwazumi is the President of SDC Technologies Asia Pacific. In this capacity, he is responsible for managing all operations including manufacturing, shipping and logistics, customer care, sales and quality assurance for the Asia Pacific region. As an active member of the Executive Leadership Team, Masanori Iwazumi leads SDC’s Asia Pacific operations strategy.
Masanori Iwazumi first joined SDC Technologies in 2008, when Mitsui Chemicals acquired SDC Technologies. Masanori developed Anti-fog products as Team Lead of Product Development, collaborating with the Research & Development function in Mitsui Chemicals. Prior to joining SDC Technologies Asia Pacific in 2018, Masanori was in the Vision Care Material business division of Mitsui Chemicals, where he supported commercialization of new products as well as supporting M&A activities.
Masanori has A Master Degree in Applied Chemistry from the University of Tokyo, Japan.
Dr. Andreas Schneider, Global Vice President of Technology
Dr. Andreas Schneider is Global Vice President of Technology for SDC Technologies. In this role, Andreas leads the Strategic Technology activities for all SDC global businesses. In addition, as a member of the Executive Leadership team he drives the company’s technological vision and implements strategies to ensure resources are aligned with the company’s product advancement and business development needs.
Prior to accepting this position, Andreas led the technology team of Weld-On (a division of IPS Corporation) as Vice President of Research & Development. Preceding this, he held various positions in technology with increasing responsibility. He started his career as Senior Chemist for Rohm and Haas and worked as Product Development Manager for SDC Technologies and for Avery Dennison. His past experiences will be invaluable in meeting SDC’s Global goals and objectives.
Andreas graduated from the University of Wuerzburg in Germany with a PhD in Polysiloxane Chemistry. He also holds an MBA from UCLA Anderson School of Management.
César Collazo, Group Managing Director Europe
César Collazo is Group Managing Director for SDC Technologies Europe. In this role, César is responsible for championing the company’s European growth and expansion. This includes providing strategic leadership for subsidiaries FSI Coating Technologies and COTEC GmbH headquartered in Germany.
César joined SDC in March 2007 from Wacker Chemie GmbH, where he held the position of General Manager for the Spanish and Portuguese market. In addition he was responsible Key Account Manager for a worldwide active account throughout all business units. Prior to that he was Business Development Manager for Wacker Chemie GmbH within the automotive industry for the German market.
Within this field he holds a patent related to binders for non-woven binders. César holds a German Ph.D. in Organometallic Chemistry as Catalytic Systems.