Dr. Dirk Van Hyning, CEO of Alexium International, a specialty chemical company with proprietary patent applications for novel environmentally friendly technologies joins Enterprise Radio to discuss how to successfully transition to CEO.
Listen to host Eric Dye & guest Dr. Dirk Van Hyning discuss the following:
- Tell us a bit about Alexium International. As its new CEO, what motivates you each morning?
- You recently were promoted to CEO of Alexium. How has your prior experience prepared you for your new leadership responsibilities at Alexium?
- Do you have any tips for other executives in a similar role?
- Are there any particular challenges you face as CEO of a public company?
- Alexium has grown by leaps and bounds, with cash receipts for your most recent 6-month period exceeding the entire preceding full year. How did you and your team accomplish that growth?
- What advice would you give other executives who have been hand-selected by their predecessor to lead a company? Do you think there are higher expectations for someone who has been groomed for this position rather than for someone who was brought in from another company? Please explain.
Dr. Dirk Van Hyning has been CEO of Alexium since June 2017, having joined the company in 2013 as Senior Research Scientist, earning subsequent promotions to Head of Product Development and Commercial Transition and then was appointed President in October 2014. As President he was responsible for leading Alexium’s R & D, sales and business development, applications and corporate services to meet the company’s financial growth targets.
Before joining Alexium, Dr. Van Hyning was with Milliken Research Corporation, a global innovation company, where he began as Research Engineer in 1999 and earned subsequent promotions to Project Management Leader and Senior Development Engineer-Military and Protective Business. He earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his B.S. in Chemical Engineering from North Carolina State University. Dr. Van Hyning has received several honors and awards, including the Hans Kuhn Award for Outstanding Technology Commercialization and he also holds four patents.