Carbon fiber manufacturer DowAksa (Istanbul, Turkey) reports that D.J. DeLong will assume the role of general manager for the DowAksa USA (Marietta, GA, US) operations. DeLong will be responsible for the implementation of the overall DowAksa strategy in North America, sales team leadership and driving revenue as well as general management responsibilities.
DeLong brings extensive experience to DowAksa, having worked in the composites industry for more than 30 years. He is the general partner of DeLong and Associates LLC, a business consulting firm based in Atlanta, GA. This company was the North American sales agent for DowAksa carbon fibers and will become part of DowAksa USA.
DeLong was formerly general manager of BP Amoco’s Carbon Fiber business unit. He co-chaired CompositesWorld's Global Market Outlook Conference on Carbon Fibers four different years and has written numerous industry editorials and articles. He was board chairman of the advanced composites trade association, SACMA. He holds Bachelor and Masters degrees in chemical engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
In addition, Wally Gutzmer will continue as national sales manager, Carbon Fiber, and Cindy Thurston will continue as customer service manager, Carbon Fiber. DowAksa USA’s first general manager, Eric Coleman, has returned to Dow Chemical’s Government Markets & Lightweight Materials group and will continue to support DowAksa USA’s business development and sales growth in infrastructure and other sectors.