December 19, 2022, Cincinnati, OH — The ChemQuest Group, a global consulting firm focused on tailored business strategy and optimization, technology acceleration, market intelligence, and M&A advisory services for the specialty materials industry, has appointed Milis Rodrigues as commercial director South America.

In this role, Rodrigues will explore business development opportunities in Brazil and throughout South America. She will also serve as a client resource for ChemQuest’s Business Strategy & Transformation, Technology Development, and M&A Advisory Services pillars.

Rodrigues began her 33-year career in the paints and coatings industry as an R&D formulator with AkzoNobel before rising within the organization to positions of increasing responsibility including technical sales representative of Marine & Offshore Coatings and manager of Decorative & Yacht Trade and Retail. A move to Jotun Coatings included roles as technical sales manager and commercial director, technical services, Brazil, and she then served as technical sales director, Brazil for Hempel. Prior to joining ChemQuest, her most recent role was business unit director, Brazil and South Cone for PPG Protective Marine Coatings.

“During her accomplished career, Milis has demonstrated leadership excellence with many multinational organizations. Her robust experience spans business development and management, market analysis, strategic planning, and marketing and branding, all of which will be of huge benefit when assisting our expanding global client base in identifying opportunities for growth and development,” said Daniel Murad, ChemQuest CEO.

Rodrigues earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial chemistry from the Universidade Federal Fluminense in Brazil and has completed numerous executive programs in sales management, team leadership, health and safety, and coatings inspection. Based in Brazil, she speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

“The warm and professional welcome from Dan and the ChemQuest team has been wonderful. I am excited to lead efforts to expand ChemQuest business opportunities in Brazil and South America, taking into consideration all of the technology and innovation capabilities within the organization. I am simply delighted to be part of the group,” Rodrigues said.


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About the ChemQuest Group, Inc.

The ChemQuest Group Inc. is widely recognized among raw material suppliers, formulators, and financial investors for its value creation. ChemQuest’s four service pillars include Business Strategy & Transformation; Mergers, Acquisitions & Divestitures; Manufacturing Excellence; as well as Technology & Application Development through the ChemQuest Technology Institute and ChemQuest Powder Coating Research. ChemQuest services extend across 11 formulated product categories and over 13 end-use markets within the specialty chemicals value chain. Our team includes former senior managers from major manufacturers, business owners, and senior technical managers including Ph.D. chemists, with a minimum of 25 years of experience in specialty chemicals. For more information, visit