Resultsman’s Blog



                      Lee W. Diestelow   


Lee Diestelow has over 25 years of domestic and international experience in the chemical industry with Arkema and its predecessor companies. Lee has been a consistent contributor to the profitability of the businesses that he has worked in. Lee’s work in planning business operations, developing and implementing business strategies and leading sales negotiations have created ongoing sustainable profits. His experience includes working in the chemical intermediates, refining/petrochemical, polymer and plastics, and pharmaceutical industries. Lee’s work in supply chain management positions drove fixed and variable costs from the supply chains.


Lee’s most recent position with Arkema was entrepreneurial. He was responsible for profitability, marketing, sales, importation and related supply chain activities for CECA’s powdered activated carbon and fatty amine products. Because of Lee’s work, in 2008 sales for these products grew 18% and profits increased 60%.  In addition to business activities, Lee was also responsible for ensuring that these imported products were in full regulatory compliance.


Earlier in his career, Lee held a number of increasingly responsible positions as an engineer, sales representative, product manager, marketing manager and business manager. He led technology driven and product driven strategies for the Thiochemical business. Lee has negotiated international contracts valued in excess of $25M.   Lee has developed and executed a marketing plans and business plans that culminated with selling to the capacity limits of production units. He was responsible for leading and energizing a group of eight marketing and sales professionals to grow sales by nearly $100M and triple business profits.


As Supply Chain Manager, Lee led SAP implementations and the re-engineering of the Metals & Aviation businesses. He re-organized production operations following the closure of a major production plant and restructured S&OP processes to take advantage of SAP’s ERP planning tools. During this period working capital in inventory was reduced by 25%.  Lee managed the scheduling, production quality and delivery from multiple contract manufacturing/toll sites. Lee conducted a sourcing analysis that culminated with the closure of a refrigerant production plant. Following the plant closure, Lee implemented a plan that brought product and raw materials into the US supply chain from plants in Europe, China, Mexico and the United States.  He structured the Fluorochemical S&OP processes to include MRPII processes. Improved scheduling cut overtime expenses on cylinder filling lines by $250K.


Lee has a Masters in Business Administration Degree from Drexel University with concentration in Operations Management and Marketing. Course work contributing to the degree was also done at Louisiana State University. He holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from Drexel University.  Lee is a long time member of the AICHE. He has co-authored and presented technical papers to enhance catalyst operations and served as the session chair at AICHE catalyst round table symposiums.  Lee is a member of the Philadelphia chapter of Chempharma where he serves on the Program Committee.


Lee lives in Chester County Pennsylvania with his wife and two sons. He enjoys coaching and serving on the Board of Directors of the Great Valley Little League. As a member of West Chester’s Kiwanis Club, Lee has served as the Treasurer, Vice President and President.



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