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Osama M. Musa

  • PhD
  • Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer Ashland Global Holdings
Presenter Bio

Dr. Osama M. Musa is currently Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Ashland.  He leads Ashland’s Global Research and Development focusing on consumer and industrial markets including pharmaceutical, nutraceutical, nutrition, beverage, personal and home care, agricultural, coatings, adhesives, construction, energy and advanced materials applications.  He has overall responsibility for Central R&D including Applied Research, Measurement Science, Process Technology as well as the R&D Stage-Gate development process.

Dr. Musa is a strategic senior executive with broad experience in the specialty chemicals business sector.  He utilizes a wide-ranging network, cooperating with partners both in industry and in academia.  He joined Ashland in 2011 following the company’s acquisition of International Specialty Products (ISP) Incorporated.  Previously, he held technical and leadership positions with the National Starch and Chemical Company/ICI.

As a passionate executive leader, Dr. Musa is committed to addressing customer needs through the application of innovative chemistry.  He holds more than 100 issued U.S. patents and has authored numerous technical publications.  In addition, he edited two books the “Handbook of Maleic Anhydride Based Materials: Syntheses, Properties and Applications” as well as “Handbook of Pyrrolidone and Caprolactam Based Materials: Synthesis, Characterization and Industrial Applications”.

From Ashland’s Open Innovation platform, he cultivates student scholarship through numerous collaborations with universities, providing encouragement and motivational mentoring to the next generation of young, promising scientists.  He serves as a member of the Board of Advisors at Manhattan College’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering as well as a member of the Board of Trustees at Chemists’ Club of NYC.

Dr. Musa earned a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from Wayne State University, where he also completed a post-doctoral fellowship.  In addition, he received an M.S. in macromolecular chemistry from the University of Detroit Mercy, an M.S. degree in heterocyclic organic chemistry from the University of Jordan, and a B.S. in chemistry from Yarmouk University.

Navigating Innovation in Global Markets
Sustained innovation represents an essential element required for the long-term survival and growth of all corporations. Well-established product lines having relatively high capital and technology barriers to entry may provide companies with a false sense of security. Even when a market need continues to exist over a long period in time all products are ultimately displaced by lower cost or higher performing alternatives. The challenge to continually provide innovative solutions to customers is especially acute when companies compete in a global market with diverse product lines serving a broad range of industries/applications. This presentation provides a specialty chemicals company’s perspective regarding the considerations and steps required to be addressed to generate sustained innovation in our business.

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