Principal, A.D. Jezzi & Associates, LLC
Rick obtained his B.S. in Chemical Engineering in 1970 from Drexel University and has held many assignments throughout his career. He started his career with Scott Paper Company where he worked on their air-laid new products venture in the early 1970's. In the late 1970's, he pioneered and commercialized the Kroyer air-laid technology in North America with the American Can Company. He was Director of R&D with the Kimberly-Clark Company from 1983 to 1993 in the areas of Baby Diapers, Feminine Care, Adult Care and Non-Woven material development. During this period, he was accountable for many new material and consumer product initiatives supporting Kimberly Clark's hygiene business. During 1994 to 1999, Rick was Executive Vice President of Paragon Trade Brands, a private label baby diaper manufacturer, and was accountable for the Operations, Technology and International groups of that company. In this role he led the international expansion of Paragon's businesses into Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and China.
His last corporate assignment was with Clopay Plastic Products Company where he served as Vice President of Global Research and Development, as well as General Manager of South America and Asia Pacific. In this capacity, he managed the overall technologies of the company in the areas of Hygiene, Medical, Industrial and New Business Development, as well as explored M&A and joint venture activities globally for the company.
Currently, Rick is residing in Philadelphia and has started a consulting practice in the areas of his expertise.