Management Team

Silar Key Management Team

John Shibley

John Shibley joined Silar Laboratories in 1993 as the site manager of its Scotia, NY laboratory R&D and production facility. In 2009, he has been a key executive leader of Silar Laboratories after Silar’s purchase by MPD Holdings. Previously, he was the business manager of Silar while Silar was owned by Wright Corporation and Oak-Bark Corporation. For over 20 years at Silar, John managed process development, scale-up, new product development, commercialization, manufacturing, and business management. John earned a BS in Chemistry from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a PhD in Inorganic Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.

Janis Matisons

Janis joined Silar in September 2016. Janis is leading the Silar team while managing the following key initiatives: Business Development, Product Development, Custom Synthesis, Process Improvements, and Commercialization. Janis is a PhD with over 25 years of academic and industrial experience working in silicones and polymer based materials, specialty chemicals, applied research, product development, quality, custom synthesis, and commercialization. Prior to Silar, Janis worked at Gelest for 5 years, managing the Silicones Polymer Research and Development group. He previously was a professor at Flinders University and Chair in Nanotechnology. He was the first professorial appointment for nanotechnology in applied chemical research, along with specialty chemical materials, polymers, and silicon-based research. In his early career, he was also a professor at the University of Australia and worked for Flexichem conducting R&D.

Carrington Smith, CEO

Carrington has over 20 years of experience in the industrial and chemical sectors providing business leadership, management, technology and commercialization solutions in a range of roles spanning technology management, business development, M&A analysis and execution, venture capital, open innovation, intellectual asset management and IP licensing. Carrington joined MPD Chemicals in February of 2014, as CEO. Prior to MPD Chemicals, Carrington held various leadership and managerial roles at Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. for over 20 years, creating value for advanced technologies, business case construction, valuations, contract negotiation, building company relationships, and making the complex simple. He also directed initiatives with start-ups and other large companies to generate collaborative relationships and generate business growth.

Carrington began his industrial career with Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in a research and development role, having earned his BS in Chemistry from Virginia Commonwealth University and a Ph.D. in Chemistry with a focus on polymer science from Virginia Tech. Polymer development for gas separation membranes, electronic materials, adhesives and coatings were all part of Carrington’s early research and product development career at Air Products. He enjoys working with customers and partners to identify win-win relationships built on credibility, transparency and trust by leveraging the capabilities of MPD Chemicals, at the highest level, to provide custom chemical synthesis solutions. “Our customers desire critical enabling materials development, often starting with laboratory procedures and scales. Customers prefer to work with partners like us, who are willing and able to provide a pathway to economics that works for their application and who can remain a consistent supplier from lab to large scale multi-metric ton production. We are proud to serve an excellent current set of large and small customers with a diverse array of custom chemical solutions, and are excited about our future customer prospects as well. We serve an important and differentiated role bridging contract research type projects to pilot and large scale manufacturing capabilities, all within the same organization. ”