Our Team

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team brings over 80 years of experience in the chemical industry to the leadership of Gaylord Chemical Company.


Frank Roederer

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Roederer joins Gaylord Chemical from A. Schulman, where he served as Sr Vice President and General Manager of the Engineering Composites Division. Mr. Roederer also served as Vice President of Masterbatch Solutions and Business Unit Director of Specialty Powders at A. Shulman, where he was responsible for strategy development and execution in the EMEA.Previously, served as General Manager, Corporate Strategy and Planning at SABIC in Saudi Arabia, where he led the refinement and implementation of the company’s corporate strategy by establishing a performance management culture. In an earlier role, he was Director of Supply Chain Europe at W.R. Grace, where he executed supply chain cost reduction and sourcing optimization programs across the EMEA region. Mr. Roederer holds a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Hochschule Offenburg and an MBA from Schiller International University.


Jennifer Priola

VP Finance & Accounting

Jennifer joins Gaylord Chemical with more than 20 years of finance leadership experience across various global industries in both publicly and privately owned businesses.  The last fifteen years of her career has been in oil and gas, carbon and specialty chemicals industries with Cameron International Corp., Rain Carbon Inc. and Cornerstone Chemicals.  Jennifer received her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Louisiana.




Dawn Pichon, CPA

Senior Vice President & Controller

Dawn has been with Gaylord Chemical for over 30 years. She was made a member of the Senior Management Team in January of 2012. In her capacity as Controller, she oversees all accounting, payroll and human resource activities for Gaylord. Prior to coming to Gaylord, Dawn was with KPMG, a nationwide CPA firm, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dawn is a graduate of Southeastern Louisiana University with a B.S.in Accounting and is a Louisiana Certified Public Accountant.




Lisa Stout

Vice President, Sales

Lisa joins Gaylord Chemical where she brings over 25 years of industry experience.  She has served in various functional and leadership roles, including manufacturing, sales, pricing and global product management for a diverse set of products, markets and customers.  Lisa holds an MBA from Northwestern, Kellogg School of Management, and a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alabama.





Artie S. McKim, Ph.D. MBA

Vice President, Technology

Artie has been with Gaylord since 1999. He is a member of the company’s Senior Management Team and works closely with the commercial team to identify new growth areas. These include new product development activities as well as emerging applications for Gaylord’s existing products. Artie also manages the Quality and Technical Service teams. Artie earned his Ph.D. in synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of North Texas in 1999, and an MBA from Louisiana State University in 2006.





John Davidson

VP Manufacturing & Supply Chain

John joins Gaylord Chemical with over 25 years of cross-functional industry experience spanning operations management, supply chain sales and operations planning, quality management, and continuous improvement. He has held various roles of increasing responsibility in operations, quality and supply chain for customer centric organizations serving pharmaceutical and consumer health care companies. John has most recently held the positions of Director of the Americas Region Supply Chain & Technical Services for Capsugel, Site Head for Lonza located in South Carolina and Senior Director of Global Operations for Lonza. John holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Six Sigma Black Belt certification.



Debbie Barnewold, PHR SHRM-CP

Human Resources Leader

Debbie has been a member of the Gaylord team since 2019 where she brings senior level expertise from her years in the broadcasting and banking fields encompassing human resources, training and compliance.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.  Debbie holds both a PHR (Professional Human Resources Certification) and a SHRM-CP certification.




Technical, Sales, and Marketing

The cross-functional Technical, Sales, and Marketing Team Brings specialized expertise in the areas of inorganic, organic chemicals and life sciences.


Nigel Langley, Ph.D. MBA

Global Technical Director, Life Sciences

Nigel Langley, Global Technical Director, Life Sciences, Gaylord Chemical Company LLC, provides technical support to the pharmaceutical industry and helps solve drug formulation challenges. Prior to joining Gaylord Chemical Nigel has held various senior technical and marketing positions with BASF and Croda International PLC.  Nigel has also worked in Japan and England with Croda. He gained his Chemistry (Hons) degree and PhD (liquid crystals) from the University of Hull (UK) and an MBA from Leeds University (UK). He also took a 2- year Postdoctoral research position at Leeds University (UK) in natural product synthesis. He has over 100 scientific publications and has co- edited 2 books. Nigel is an adjunct professor at the University of Mississippi and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK). In 2018 he was awarded the Industry Research Achievement Award in Excipient Technology by the IPEC Foundation. He has been a member of the Executive Committee at IPEC- Americas since 2010 and is currently Chair. Nigel is on the Medicine Maker’s Power List for 2020, 2021 & 2022.


Phil Gieger, MBA

Technical Services Manager, Industrial Products

Philip brings over 25 years of experience and career knowledge in the coatings industry where he spent time formulating solvent and waterborne products and paint line startups for automobile OEMs across the globe with PPG Industries. He comes to Gaylord Chemical from Eastman Chemical Company where he focused on safer and more sustainable solvent solutions for various applications including paint strippers and coatings. Philip holds an MBA from the University of Dayton and a B.S. in Chemistry from Ohio University.




Sandra Reid 

Director of Sales & Marketing

Sandra joins Gaylord Chemical with over 25 years of experience in the chemical industry. She began her career in R&D, branched into technical service and transitioned into supply chain management. Engagement with customers and market facing roles is where she excelled and has spent the last 18 years of her career. She has served in a variety of sales positions from managing entire market portfolios to single multi-national global accounts across a diverse set of products and markets. Sandra holds a B.S. in chemistry from Lenoir Rhyne University.



Rishi Pimentel

Director of Market Development, Life Sciences

Mr. Pimentel brings 15 years of experience in pharmaceutical development, contract services, and sales. Rishi has worked with JRS Pharma, Glatt Pharmaceutical Services and Meggle USA  Mr. Pimentel is a graduate of Rutgers University, where he received in B.S. in Ceramic and Material Science Engineering.





Mick Sadoudi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Mick began his career in Sales and Marketing at Dow Chemical. During his time at Dow, he developed and managed business serving a wide range of end markets with a focus in oil, gas, and mining applications. Mick holds a B.S. in Biochemistry from The University of Texas at Austin.





Headshot of Brandon Shaw, Market Development Manager.Brandon Shaw

Market Development Manager, Industrial

Brandon has 15+ years of engineering, marketing, product and account management experience in the Oil & Gas, and Chemical industries.  Prior to joining Gaylord Chemical, Brandon worked for Dow Chemical in various engineering, sales, technical service and marketing roles.  Brandon started his career at a global EPC firm as a process engineer designing various oil & gas processing units for customers around the globe.  Mr. Shaw has a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Oklahoma and a Master of Engineering degree from Texas A&M University, both in Chemical Engineering.



Chris Masters, MBA

Director of Sales & Marketing

Chris has spent the past 15 years of his career in the chemical industry in a variety of roles including manufacturing, account management, contracts, and pricing management. Given this diverse experience, Chris brings a unique perspective to the company with a proven track record of operational excellence.  Chris has a Bachelor’s degree from East Tennessee State University and an MBA from King University.