Tim Wessel

Tim Wessel received his BS (1986) and PhD (1992) from the University of Iowa’s Chemical and Biochemical Engineering department and subsequently joined Monsanto as a Senior Research Engineer.  Over the next decade, Tim worked for Monsanto and its Flexsys joint venture in various process engineering roles focused on process optimization, pilot plant scale up, plant debottlenecking, and new product development.  In 1999, he was named Technology Manager at Flexsys overseeing a group of ten scientists and engineers supporting the company’s most profitable business.  In this role, he served as the process licensor during the engineering and start up phases of a $100 million greenfield plant built in Malaysia. In 2001, Tim’s career path took a new direction when he was appointed Business Director of a $200 million business for Flexsys.  From 2001 through 2011, he managed several global businesses ranging in size from $100 million to $1 billion for Flexsys and Solutia (Monsanto’s legacy chemical business) and was President of Solutia’s two largest divisions.

Tim became an officer of the company in 2009 and was involved in debt and equity raise efforts, quarterly earnings calls, several merger and acquisition processes, Board of Director meetings and other corporate activities in addition to his role as Division President.  In 2011, Tim changed companies and became President of a $100 million Business Group at private equity owned Emerald Performance Materials (legacy business of BF Goodrich Chemical) and was appointed President of a second Emerald Business Group in 2013.  During the $1 billion divestiture of Emerald in 2014, he represented two of Emerald’s four businesses in the sales and refinancing processes.  Tim retired from Emerald in 2017 and he and his wife Lisa relocated back to Iowa where they remain avid Hawkeye sports fans.  Tim and Lisa are the parents of three daughters.