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  • Steve Speak

    Steve Speak is a results-driven, global operating and management executive with a proven track record delivering business results in challenging global business environments. His insight, broad functional experience and unique skills enable him to advise entrepreneurs, executives and high potential leaders in all aspects of global business management, leadership and personal development.

    As President of Steve Speak Coaching and Consulting, he combines his stand-out strategic planning and business execution skills with his passion for achievement to help businesses and leaders in fast paced, technology-intensive industries unleash their potential.

    Prior to founding the company, Mr. Speak was the President of Cytec Engineered Materials—a $750 million business unit providing advanced materials for aerospace, high-performance industrial and other extreme-demand applications where he managed 1,700 people in 10 manufacturing and R&D centers around the world. Additionally, he served as an Executive Officer of Cytec Industries where he was responsible for strategy and business results for Cytec Industries ($3B revenue) as a member of the company’s Leadership Team. He also served on the Board of Directors’ Committee for Safety, Health and Environmental affairs.

    Mr. Speak’s previous experience consisted of serving in various managerial capacities within the Cytec organization and driving several high-profile strategic initiatives, expansionary efforts, and business acquisitions as well as overseeing Cytec’s involvement with major programs such as the F-22, F-35 and Boeing 787 platforms. Mr. Speak began his career at BASF Structural Materials developing and qualifying structural adhesive and composite systems for aircraft/aerospace/launch vehicle applications. Notably, he has developed an industry benchmark for structural bonding adhesive which is still in use today.

    Mr. Speak received a B.S in Chemistry from Weber State University, an M.B.A. from Utah State University and has studied Advance Management Practices at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France.

    Core Leadership Competencies

    Team building / Leadership / Motivation
    Vision, Strategic Planning and Growth Leadership
    Market Strategy Development and Execution
    Technology and Innovation Management
    Profit and Loss Management / Profit Optimization
    Customer / Supplier Relationship Management and Large Contract Negotiation
    Manufacturing and Operations
    Capital Investment Planning and Financial Modeling / Expansion Projects
    Asset Turnaround
    Acquisition/Merger Execution and Integration
    Employee Development and Engagement
    Board and Investor Interactions