Ashland has appointed Dr May Shana’a as group vice president, technology and growth strategy, for Ashland Specialty Ingredients, a commercial unit of the company.
Reporting to John E. Panichella, senior vice president, Ashland and president, Ashland Specialty Ingredients, Shana’a will be responsible for leading the unit's global research and development and applications capabilities, with direct operational responsibility for the unit’s global research and technical centers. She will also be responsible for business development, including leading the strategic growth plan for the business.
‘With May’s leadership and distinguished qualifications, I am confident we will be able to drive our application expertise even closer to the customer and continue our focus on solving their unique formulation challenges,’ said Panichella. ‘We look forward to the perspective and experience May brings to this role as she leads the aggressive growth strategy for our new product innovations.’
Shana’a most recently served as global vice president, skin care and portfolio management at Johnson & Johnson, where she also held the role of vice president, R&D, global beauty care. Prior to Johnson & Johnson, Shana’a spent more than 18 years at Unilever in skin care, laundry and home care in the UK, US and Italy, where she was vice president of R&D home care. In 2002, she received Brandweek’s Marketer of the Year award for the launch of Dove* Nutrium* Bar & Body Wash. Shana’a earned her master’s degree in analytical science and her doctorate in chemistry from the University of Hull in the UK.
Pictured: Dr May Shana'a, group vice president, technology and growth strategy, Ashland Specialty Ingredients