J. Michael Hochschwender, CEO and President,The Smithers Group

Michael Hochschwender is the President and CEO of The Smithers Group. Since becoming CEO in 1996, his leadership and entrepreneurial approach have driven technology diversification, geographical expansion, and rapid business growth. Today, Smithers serves a global client base from thirteen facilities spread across North America, Europe and Asia. Mr. Hochschwender has been responsible for five acquisitions and two start-ups, all funded by operations.

Nathaniel "Nat" Leonard, President, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira

Nathaniel “Nat” Leonard is President of Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira, having previously served as Vice President - North America. Nat’s diverse leadership experience includes numerous facets of the tire and materials manufacturing industries including time spent at Republic Steel, Veyance Technologies and Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.

Susan Shepherd, President, Smithers Viscient

Susan Shepherd is the President of Smithers Viscient, with nearly 30 years of service at the Wareham, Massachusetts site. Her extensive experience includes overseeing studies conducted in a GLP-compliant testing environment and she has held a number of leadership positions in reporting, data management, lab services, and ecotoxicology.  

Ira DuBey, MS, MBA, Ph.D., President, Smithers Avanza

Ira DuBey has over 25 years of senior executive experience managing and building science based businesses. Currently Ira is President and Chairman of the Advisory Board for Smithers Avanza. In this capacity he is responsible for the growth strategy of Smithers Avanza and ensuring that there is the appropriate alignment between scientific expertise, operational excellence and business expansion into appropriate sectors.

Jeanette Preston, President, Smithers Quality Assessments

Jeanette Preston oversees the global Smithers Quality Assessments business including operations based in Akron, Ohio and Suzhou, China. She is also a qualified lead auditor for numerous quality standards including ISO 9001, ISO/TS 16949, and AS 9100, among others. In addition to her duties with SQA, Jeanette is Chair of IACBA (International Automotive Certification Bodies Association) and a board member of the IAAR (Independent Association of Accredited Registrars).

Rav Lally, Managing Director, Smithers Information

Rav Lally is responsible for the global Smithers Information business, with nearly 20 years of service spanning UK and US operations.  Rav has a broad range of experience delivering high quality information products, including market reports, events, technical publications, consulting and membership programs.  He has worked in a number of market segments such as packaging, print, paper, rubber, plastics and materials science.