REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Univar Inc., a leading global chemical distributor, announced today that it has named Sam Sutherland as its new Vice President of Global Mining. In his new role with Univar, Sutherland will report directly to global Oil & Gas and Mining Industry President, Chris Oversby.
Sutherland's appointment to the new leadership position in mining marks Univar's focus on growth in the mining industry. Sutherland brings 25 years of experience in the mining industry, including growing and overseeing industrial minerals technologies for a specialty chemical manufacturer. In his role as vice president, Sutherland will help grow Univar's presence in the mining industry, establishing a global infrastructure, driving new opportunities and coordinating with the Univar global Oil & Gas team.
"Sam's extensive experience in the mining industry makes him an excellent addition to our global team," said Chris Oversby, president of Univar's global Oil & Gas and Mining industry vertical. "His knowledge of the industry combined with his experience in chemical manufacturing, management and sales growth will be an important asset for Univar's rapidly growing mining division."
Prior to joining Univar, Sutherland served as Vice President of Industrial Mineral Technologies at ArrMaz, a specialty chemical manufacturer. While there, he grew the company's global industrial minerals markets with a focus on mineral processing, sulfurized compounds, water treatment, and specialty tolling markets. Sutherland started his career in mining and chemicals at Nalco, where he served as a sales manager for domestic and international mining markets.
"I am thrilled to be joining the Univar team to help accelerate the company's presence in mining," said Sutherland. "Univar has a strong reputation in the oil and gas industry, and I look forward to extending the company's reputation and superior commitment to customer service in the global mining division."
Sutherland earned his Bachelor of Science degree in mining engineering from Virginia Tech and holds a MBA from the University of South Florida. He serves on the advisory board for the Mining and Minerals Engineering Department at Virginia Tech and is also serves on the board of directors for his local YMCA affiliate in Valrico, Florida.
Univar is one of the world's leading distributors of industrial and specialty chemicals. Univar represents over 3,500 chemical producers and provides its customer base, made up of 115,000 customers, with a full portfolio of products. Univar operates a network of more than 260 distribution facilities throughout North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America, with additional sales offices located in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. In 2011, Univar reported sales of $9.7 billion. For more information, visit: www.univar.com.
SOURCE Univar Inc.