AKRON—APV Engineered Coatings has promoted John Russell to vice president and technical director.
The firm said Russell brings more than 20 years of research in engineering and commercializing advanced chemicals, working for APV the last 16 years as a chemist. Prior to his role with the firm, Russell developed silicon-based coating chemistries for non-stick metal bake ware.
President Thomas Venarge said Russell has been instrumental to the success of the firm's research and product development efforts. APV is a custom formulator and manufacturer of industrial coatings and advanced chemical products based in Akron.