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Gelest appoints new President


Fomer CTO Jonathan Goff takes over the reins as Gelest founder Barry Arkles steps down

US-based chemical technology company Gelest has named Jonathan Goff as president effective immediately. A 13-year veteran of Gelest, Goff most recently served as chief technology officer.

Goff said: “I am excited to take on this new role. Gelest has a strong technology roadmap for the years to come thanks to the entrepreneurial vision of our previous CEO. We are well positioned for strong growth, and with the support of Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation, we will continue to drive through new frontiers of technology and innovation.”

Goff holds a PhD in macromolecular science and engineering from Virginia Tech and has over 60 patents and technical publications.

Barry Arkles, Gelest founder, officially stepped down from the CEO role effective December 31, 2021. Arkles formed Gelest, Inc. in 1991 to develop and manufacture silicon and metal-organic based chemicals. He has accepted the position of Distinguished Adjunct Professor at Temple University.

Arkles stated, “I couldn’t be more pleased to have Jonathan take over the reins at Gelest. His strong grasp of the technology and markets and a leadership style that is at once inclusive and directional gives all stakeholders assurance that the strong growth and innovation that characterizes Gelest will continue. Jonathan brings palpable excitement and creativity to Gelest in his new role.”

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