September 16, 2015

Walter Surface Technologies, the global industry leader in surface treatment technologies, today announced that Chester Collier, Senior Vice-President of Global Distribution has been appointed to Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the company’s Bio-Circle North America division.

Mr. Collier will report directly to Mike Christodoulou, President and Chief Operating Officer of Walter and will be responsible for driving profitable growth and ensuring operational excellence.

“Chester is a valuable asset to the company” said Mike Christodoulou. “His extensive career spans three decades of unparalleled industry leadership and strategic partnership building. He has done an exemplary job building relationships at the executive level of our largest partners and we are delighted that he will be taking on this new challenge”.

Mr. Collier has held progressively senior positions with Walter over the past 35 years. He started his career as a sales representative - doubling overall sales revenues in his first 4 years of employment. Following his initial role with the company, Mr. Collier became Sales Supervisor, where he replicated his sales success. He continued to move up through the ranks taking on the positions of Regional Manager and National Sales Manager, and then Vice President of Sales. Most recently, Mr. Collier was at the company’s global headquarters in Montreal where he held the position of Senior Vice-President of Walter Canada and ultimately Senior Vice-President of Global Distribution.

As Senior Vice-President and General Manager Bio-Circle North America, Mr. Collier will be based out of the company’s US Headquarters in Windsor, CT.

“I look forward to my new role and new career challenges” adds Mr. Collier “especially because there are tremendous opportunities for distribution channels to bring workplace safety and added value to their customers in the metalworking and industrial cleaning industry.”

Mr. Collier completed a Marketing Diploma from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia, an Executive Management Program, in addition to an Advanced Management Program at McGill University. He is a member of the MDM (Modern Distribution Management) advisory board, and the Chair of the PTDA Communications committee.

About Bio-Circle

Bio-Circle, a division of Walter Surface Technologies, is a green chemistry company that provides high performance bio-remediating and bio-renewable cleaning, degreasing and lubricating solutions. Bio-Circle products are specially-formulated to improve worker health and safety, protect the environment and promote sustainable development by replacing VOC-emitting solvents in industrial applications. Used worldwide, Bio-Circle is found in a broad range of applications and industries including automotive and transportation, food and beverage, aerospace, and industrial manufacturing.

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About Walter Surface Technologies

Walter Surface Technologies provides innovative solutions for the global metal working industry. From high performance abrasives, power tools and tooling to industrial parts washing systems, cleaners, degreasers and lubricants Walter focuses on helping its customers work better. Founded in 1952, the company is established in 7 countries throughout North America, South America and Europe. International headquarters is in Montreal and US headquarters is located in Windsor, Connecticut. Key certification and awards include ISO 9001: 2008, Wall Street Journal Award; Deutscher Material Preiz; American Eagle Award; CleanTech Cleaning Technology Award.