Derek Rance, PhD

Derek Rance, PhD
Director, Research and Development and Innovation
Industrial Coatings

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Derek Rance received his Bachelors and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Chemistry at the University of Bristol, England, where he specialized in Polymer Colloids. Over the past thirty-three years he has held a number of technical and managerial positions in ICI’s polymer and coatings-related businesses. He moved to ICI Paints in 1990 as Director of Polymer Research and Development at the Strongsville Research Center. He was appointed Vice-President Research and Development for the ICI Packaging Coatings business worldwide in 1993. In addition to this responsibility he was also appointed Vice-President Research and Development for ICI Paints Decorative North America in 1999. He is currently Director Research, Development and Innovation for AkzoNobel Industrial Coatings and continues to be based in Strongsville, Ohio.