Evonik Oil Additives has named Dr. Chris Gilbert as the new head of production and technology. He steps into his new role effective November 1.

Previously, Gilbert served as operations director at Evonik’s Multi User Site China (MUSC) for the Performance Polymers Business Unit in Shanghai. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of production in six plants, including training, quality management, supply-chain management, and engineering. He also established an innovative quarterly review process unifying various departments, coached teams to reduce production bottlenecks, and engaged people to improve processes and procedures.

Gilbert studied chemical engineering in Austin, Texas, and obtained a PhD from the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta. In his new role, he will be based at Evonik’s Darmstadt, Germany, location.