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Antonis Papadourakis was born in Athens, Greece. He earned a degree from the University of Thessaloniki in 1981 and a Ph.D. from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, both in Chemical Engineering.
After a year with the Greek Armed Forces, he joined Rohm and Haas in Bristol, PA. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including Sr. Chemical Engineer, Group Leader of the Process Economics Center and Process Control Manager for Polymers worldwide.
In 1997, Dr. Papadourakis moved to London, England, as the Purchasing Manager for Rohm and Haas (UK) Ltd. and later became the Purchasing Manager, Europe, for Performance Polymers. After six months as Commercial Manager for Construction Adhesives, Europe, in 2001 he moved to Paris, France, to become Business Manager, Packaging and Converting, Europe.
He repatriated to the US in 2005 and joined Engelhard Corporation (now BASF) as Global Business Manager for Stationary Source and Indoor Air. He joined Arkema 2007 as Business Director, Organic Peroxides, Americas. In 2008, he was promoted to General Manager, Sustainability Additives and in 2012 joined Altuglas International as the Regional Group President, Americas.
Dr. Papadourakis is married and has three sons.