Advisory Board

Advisory Board for the 2016 Carbon Black World event.

  • Thomas Hanel

    Head of Materials Development Pirelli Tyre SpA

    Thomas Hanel is an Executive with over 15 years of experience in the field of materials within the tire industry. Thomas Hanel started his employment career in 1997 at Pirelli Reifenwerke in Germany. Prior taking over the responsibility for the Material Development in Pirelli Germany in 2001, several positions within Pirelli Germany had been entrusted to him with increasing responsibility, in the Industrial and Research & Development area, but always in the field of Materials and Material Processes. Within the years of 2001–2003 he was representing Pirelli as member of the board council of the German rubber association DKT. Since January 2012 Thomas Hanel took over the global responsibility for Material Innovation, within R&D – Material Development area, in the Headquarter of Pirelli Tyre S.p.A. in Milan. He holds a graduate engineer in Polymer and Rubber Technology, a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Machine Building and a Dr. phil. in Strategic Management.

  • Paul Ita

    Principal Notch Consulting, Inc.

    Paul Ita runs Notch Consulting, a Massachusetts-based research company dedicated to the market research needs of the global specialty chemicals industry. Mr. Ita focuses on raw materials for the global tire and rubber industries, with a particular focus on carbon black, silica, and rubber chemicals. Through Notch, he publishes the Carbon Black World Data Book and the Carbon Black Quarterly Newsletter.

    • USA
  • Bill Jones

    President Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co.

    Bill Jones is President of Sid Richardson Carbon & Energy Co.

    Bill’s experience includes nine years with Phillips Petroleum, thirteen years with Columbian Chemicals, and nine years with Sid Richardson in fields related to carbon black engineering, manufacturing and executive management.  His career has included living assignments in Mexico, United Kingdom, Thailand, Philippines, Canada, and the U.S. with working assignments in carbon black plants all over the world.  

    In twelve years with Sid Richardson, Bill has led a strategic initiative to modernize the three carbon plants in the U.S. and to change SRCE into a world-class manufacturing company with a long-term, productive future.

    That initiative focuses on energy reduction, environmental improvement, lower production costs, more diverse product portfolio, and maximizing returns for the owners of the company.

  • Bruce Lambillotte

    General Manager – Akron Labs Smithers Rapra

    As General Manager of the Akron Laboratories, Mr. Lambillotte is responsible for analytical and physical properties testing areas of Smithers Rapra, NA. In addition, he also serves as Smithers Rapra's Senior Technical Consultant, responsible for product and process-specific technical consulting activities involving polymer products. These activities include performance analyses, formula reconstructions, failure mode analyses and product development.

    Prior to joining Smithers Rapra, Inc., Mr. Lambillotte was employed by Continental General Tire Inc. in various product development areas. He has worked in the rubber industry for 41 years. He holds a Bachelor's of Science in Chemistry and an MBA from the University of Akron.

    • USA
  • Ricky Magee

    Director of Rubber Carbon Black, Technical Service and Quality Assurance Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals)

    Ricky Magee is the Director of Rubber Carbon Black Technical Service and Quality Systems for rubber carbon black at Birla Carbon (Columbian Chemicals).  In this role, he is responsible for interfacing with rubber carbon black customers to develop technical solutions to enhance product performance and to work with manufacturing sites to ensure world-class quality products.  The Aditya Birla Group is the largest producer of carbon black in the world.

    Magee’s career has focused on the management of analytical and material science laboratories. He spent more than 25 years in Columbian’s global technology laboratory, which provides material science, analytical and applications information in support of product development, quality assurance and technical service for rubber and industrial carbon blacks.

    In 1984, the year he completed his M.S. in chemistry at Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, La., where he also earned a B.S. in chemistry, Magee became a chemist at Columbian Chemicals Co. in the firm’s research and development center. He was promoted to laboratory manager of Columbian’s colloidal and oil laboratories in 1998, was named director of analytical services with responsibility for supporting technical services, research and development, and quality assurance activities in 2000, and became director of Columbian’s global technology laboratory in 2008. He assumed his current role in 2010.

    Magee is actively involved in ASTM where he is serving on the 2010 – 2012 Board of Directors.  He is also the chair of Committee D24 on Carbon Black and Subcommittee D24.41 on Carbon Black Nomenclature and Terminology. For his work in several D24 groups, Magee received the Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow in 2008, and in 2000, Committee D24 honored him with a Distinguished Service Award.


  • Shana Sylvester

    Global Marketing Manager Cabot Corporation

    As global marketing manager for the reinforcement materials business at Cabot Corporation, Shana Sylvester is responsible for marketing activities in the and new business development, commercial management, corporate strategy as it relates to the sale of rubber carbon black. Previously, Shana worked as corporate strategy manager, global commercial manager, and more at Cabot.

  • François Terrade


    A Chemical Engineer from Bordeaux France (ENSCPB), Francois Terrade has acquired nearly 37 years a huge knowledge of the Carbon Black Manufacturing.

    Working for Phillips Petroleum, Continental Carbon, Deutsch Degussa, Columbian Chemicals and Cabot Corporation, he met most of the existing technologies.

    From 1995-96 he had his own Consultancy business, with core business in the Total Quality Management Field in Germany, PQM™ support non licensed Carbon Black manufacturer as well as the Tire Recycling Business.

    In 1997 he returned to the Carbon Black manufacturing until 2011.

    In 2011 he founded PRO2ACT MANAGEMENT™ near Paris (France).

    Mssr. Terrade has been coaching more than 150 Carbon Black engineers & operators worldwide in 2012-2013 for several Key players in the Industry and their Raw Material suppliers (coal tar).

    In the Tire Pyrolysis Industry he has engaged himself in helping key players in finishing their product on a similar way to the regular historical Carbon Black Industry. 

  • Wei Zhenwen

    Chairman Doright Co., Ltd

    Mr. Wei Zhenwen serves as Chairman of Doright Co., Ltd.

    Senior engineer, Director of Technical Center, with his MBA from Tongji University and EMBA from Mannheim University (Germany).  Mr Zhenwen is also a part-time professor.