Our Leadership

McGean has a rich history in the chemical manufacturing industry, but it’s our staff that makes our company quality and allows us to maintain our principles.

Dickson L. Whitney Jr. - President & Chairman of the Board

Dick Whitney Jr. is the 4th generation of the McGean family to be active in the company started by his great-grandfather, John A. McGean in 1929. Dick started his career with the Cee-Bee Aviation Division in Los Angeles in sales and marketing. After Cee-Bee, he joined the Electroplating and Surface Finishing Division in Cleveland. Throughout his career he has been very active in the international growth of McGean, developing new companies in Singapore, China, and India.

Dick was promoted to President/CEO in 1996. He remains committed to ensuring that McGean is a world class chemistry company, supported by a dedicated group of professionals around the globe, delivering timely and innovative chemical solutions to all of our Specialty and Aviation customers.


David Hurder - Chief Operating Officer

Dave has had a 40+ year career in the chemical industry with a background of chemical engineering and operations management. Prior to joining McGean in 1997, Dave held positions at Ciba-Geigy and Air Products' Chemical Division.

He joined McGean as Vice President of Operations and then later moved into the position of Chief Operating Officer. Since joining McGean Dave has had the pleasure of participating in the transformation of the company from its historic roots as a metal finishing formulations provider to our current strategic focus of providing chemistry to the aviation market, specialty chemicals to the industrial chemicals market, and custom chemical manufacturing services. To support this transformation the organization was reshaped, facilities have been expanded multiple times, and manufacturing and business systems have been modernized.


Mara Gliozzi – Vice President & Global Business Manager

Mara Gliozzi joined McGean in 1984 and throughout her accomplished 35 year career, she has had direct assignments and responsibilities in customer service, purchasing, marketing, product specialist, customer account management, Global Business Management and most recently Vice President. Mara is a member of the SOCMA Board of Governors.


Paddy Ong – Managing Director – Asia Pacific

Paddy joined McGean in 1990 as Managing Director – Asia Pacific to establish and cement the company’s footprint in the region. Bringing over 42 years of experience in sales and marketing of Aerospace MRO chemistry and NDT products, Paddy has been instrumental in the growth and development of the Cee-Bee Aviation product line.


Leighton Hennah – Managing Director – Europe

Leighton joined McGean in 1995 as Operations Manager of the Wolverhampton, U.K. facility. Leighton studied at The University of Leeds, Houldsworth School of Applied Science, graduating with a B.Sc.(Hons) and Ph.D. Beginning his career at the U.K. MoD as a Chemical Process Engineer, Dr. Hennah moved to RTZ Chemicals Division working as a Senior Process Engineer on high volume manufacturing including Anhydrous Hydrofluoric acid, Fluorinated Aromatics, Anaesthetics, Sulphuric acid, Aluminium Sulphate and Potassium Fluoride.