New leader of the technical product team

15.01.2020 Davis-Standard (Pawcatuck, Connecticut) has appointed Rich Kanarski as manager – technical product management.

Rich Kanarski, new manager – technical product management at Davis-Standard.
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Rich Kanarski, new manager – technical product management at Davis-Standard.

Since 1 January, he has been responsible for leading efforts to drive the evolution of technologies associated with key product lines in support of Davis-Standard’s strategic plan. The new role involves a combination of tactical and strategic activities centred on advancing product performance. Kanarski and his team will collaborate with suppliers and customers to evaluate market trends and capabilities, and develop technology accordingly.

Seven years in the company

Kanarski has been with Davis-Standard for the last seven years, most recently as a process engineer with converting systems. He has worked closely with product management, application engineering, sales and field service teams to help specify and optimise extrusion processes. During this time, he has developed relationships with colleagues worldwide and has supported customers in all project phases. This includes on-site sales meetings, process support, start-ups and commissioning, acceptance and ongoing troubleshooting.

Prior to Davis-Standard, he was at Coperion where he led extrusion technology scale-up and development for research programmes serving polyolefin, bio-plastics, food and pharmaceutical businesses.

“Rich is a talented and experienced leader with established relationships and practical technical expertise,” said Rich Pastor, VP of operations at Davis-Standard facility in Fulton, New York. “His move into this strategic role will be beneficial to customers and our teams as we address future market trends and customer requirements worldwide.”

Experienced networker

In addition to his professional role, Kanarski has expanded his industry presence and networking by participating in technical conferences and tradeshows. He is currently on the SPE (Society of Plastics Engineers) board of directors, Extrusion Division. As part of SPE board leadership, he supports efforts in member services including recruitment and outreach activities, serves on the technical paper review committee, the finance committee and young professionals committee.