Smithers Names New Operations Manager
Akron based Smithers Scientific Services has appointed Derek A Read as operations manager for its Ravenna, Ohio, laboratories. In his new position, Mr Read will be responsible for the day-to-day running of the facility.
Derek A Read began his career with Smithers Scientific Services as a junior technician in 1995. He became a lead technician three years later and was promoted to client service representative in 2000. In 2001 Mr Read became client service manager.
“During this time, Derek has demonstrated his ability to be a team player, take a pro-active role in building client relationships, and gain a thorough understanding of sales and marketing and business management – skills that will come in play very nicely in Ravenna,” said Raymond B Farmer, vice president and chief of operating officer.
Mr Read holds a bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from University of Akron, an associate liberal arts degree from the University of Cincinnati and had served in the US Army reserves.