PRACTICE AREAS: Chemicals/Materials
Chemicals/ Materials Practice has been a focus practice area since the start of our company more than eight years ago. As is the case with many of our clients, our chemical clients often support a variety of industries. This support of major industries- from building materials to automotive, from medical device to consumer products- is especially beneficial for our organization as we are able to recognize specific end markets when we implement commercial/business development.
Our chemical/materials practice area hasn’t stopped growing particularly because our clients tend to be more diverse in terms of their end markets.
End market performance is always changing. Recently, industrial, capital equipment, and even aerospace seem to be slowing or retracting, while the automotive, packaging, and building materials end markets continue to succeed. Whether you are a chemical/materials organization that makes commodity products or one that produces specially engineered niche products, managing the differing types of businesses you work with becomes key to performance when considering these aforementioned divergences.
Dennis Dunlavey is the owner and President of Westport Intl. He was formerly the Global Staffing Manager of Eaton Corporation; a $13 billion dollar diversified industrial organization with over 150 manufacturing locations. Eaton is a premier supplier of automotive, power quality, fluid conveyance, and truck components, employing over 80,000 people worldwide in 125 countries.
In his role with Eaton, Dennis managed an internal global recruiting staff responsible for all professional, management, and executive positions through the level of Vice President, via recruiting offices in Cleveland, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Shanghai. He also had responsibility for upgrading the company’s diversity hiring activities with excellent results. Over the ensuing three years, Eaton’s new hires included more than 40% diverse candidates for all professional, management, and executive openings managed through his internal recruiting operation. Dennis was awarded Eaton’s prestigious CEO Gamechanger Award for 2003.
As a seasoned industry executive, Dennis was also Managing Director for a $4 billion human capital services company with regional profit and loss responsibility. His group increased sales a minimum of 60% annually during a four-year period and was consistently recognized as a top 5% performer.
Dennis earned his Bachelor of Business Administration degree with a major in Logistics from John Carroll University.
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