Year Inducted / Awarded: 2018
Member Award: Academy of Distinguished Engineers
Frank Bergonzi has over 34 years of experience in the specialty chemical industry. He is the CEO and President of Azelis Americas, a distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients. Previously, he served as CEO and President of KODA Distribution Group. Frank led the acquisition of KODA by Azelis, creating a global specialty company with €1.5 billion in sales, which he continues to lead.
Prior to KODA, he was Director, Corporate Distribution, at BASF, one of the world’s leading chemical producers. He also held key management positions with Fortune 100 Companies, such as Dow Chemical, Witco Corporation, OSi Specialties, and Union Carbide.
He is a former Board Member of the NACD and served as Chairman of the Supplier Advisory Panel, in addition to his role as a Board Trustee of the Chemical Education Fund. He is an active member of the Chemical Club of New England (CCNE), the Society of Cosmetic Chemists (SCC), the American Coatings Association (ACA), and the Drug, Chemical and Associated Technologies Association (DCAT). He is also a member of the Azelis Board of Directors. He graduated UConn with a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1983.