Most recently, Gayer served as Business President of Honeywell Specialty Products of Honeywell International. Prior to his latest role, he had a long tenure at Honeywell in a variety of leadership positions including VP and GM at Honeywell Fluorine Products; VP of Procurement, Customer Service, Trade Compliance, Transportation and Logistics; and Global Business Director of Foam and Industrial Products. Prior to Honeywell, Gayer held leadership roles at McKinsey & Company and the Polaroid Corporation, and served as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Force.
He holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management, a masters in Chemical Engineering from MIT, and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Barry Arkles, who founded Gelest in 1991, will remain with Gelest as Chief Technology Officer and as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
“Ken has extensive leadership experience in our field, and he has a proven track record of driving excellence across commercial and operations functions," said Barry Arkles, founder and chief technology officer of Gelest.
“Gelest is an established leader in silane, silicone and metal-organic chemistries, with a more than 25-year legacy of innovation and deep customer partnerships,” Gayer said.
In his role as CEO, Gayer will oversee Gelest’s operations across its product portfolio and end markets. He will be based at Gelest’s corporate headquarters in Morrisville, Pa.