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Executive Team

Chroma Color Shruti Singhal

Shruti Singhal

President & Chief Executive Officer and member Board of Directors Chroma Color Corporation, MATIV (NYSE:MATV), Inc and National Association of Manufacturers(NAM)

Throughout his career, Mr. Singhal has worked in North America and Europe, and has held positions of increasing management and executive responsibility with multinational companies including Henkel, Cognis (now BASF), Rohm & Haas, The Dow Chemical Company, Ashland, Solenis, and General Cable.  Prior to joining Chroma Color, he most recently served as President for the DSM’s Engineering Materials business. He holds a master’s degree in chemical engineering from Drexel University, a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, and also completed the Global Marketing Management Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Shruti also serves as an independent Board of Director for MATIV (NYSE:MATV)and Board Member of National Association of Manufacturers(NAM).

LJ Bailargeon

Gerald (L.J.) Baillargeon

Chief Financial Officer

Gerald (L.J.) Baillargeon joined Chroma Color Corporation with a record of strong and decisive executive leadership in organizations ranging from $50 million to $1 billion. Most recently, Baillargeon held the position of chief financial officer at Elite Comfort Solutions where he assisted in the facilitation of the platform acquisitions, driving significant growth and coordinating the successful exit. He also served as the chief financial officer at Solvaira Specialties and Diversified Global Graphics Group (DG3) where he performed similar duties of those at Elite. Earlier in his career, he held key financial positions at Automatic Data Processing and Ernst & Young.
Cass Birchbauer

Cass Birchbauer

Chief Human Resource Officer

Cass Birchbauer was named the Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO) for the Chroma Color Corporation in the Fall of 2019 following the sale of the Spartech LLC organization where she was most recently the CHRO. Prior to the sale, Spartech LLC was an Arsenal Partner owned company as is Chroma Color. Cass worked as a retained consultant for General Electric leading team building workshops, process improvement projects and other GE proprietary training initiatives globally. She joined MA Hanna which merged in 2000 to become PolyOne. When PolyOne sold the Spartech business, she left with the new owners where she established the HR function to set up all separate payroll, benefits providers and systems as well as human resource vendors and policies within 6 months for close to 1,000 employees over 14 locations as the business exited the PolyOne support structure. During her tenure at PolyOne, Cass was the HR Lead for business units including PolyOne Distribution, Global Engineered Materials and Global Color & Additives. She also led the HR Shared Services function with responsibility for Compensation, Benefits, Recruiting, Training & Development as well as other HR functions. She also participated in HR due diligence and integration of many acquisitions including global integrations. Cass has her Ph.D. and Master’s degrees from Case Western Reserve University and her Bachelor and Associate’s degrees from the University of Akron.
Epolin Mike Crosby

Mike Crosby

President Epolin

Mike Crosby joined Chroma Color Corporation from BASF. His most recent role was Global Industry Manager for the Colors & Effects business. Previously, as President and CEO of C&U Americas, he delivered triple digit annual revenue growth and facilitated formation of a joint venture company. Over 30 years of chemical, industrial and automotive experience he has held progressive leadership responsibility over sales, marketing, manufacturing, and engineering in organizations ranging from private start-ups to billion dollar public corporations. These included NSK, a Japanese motion control company as well as Electronic Data Systems which was acquired by Hewlett-Packard. Mike holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering, an MBA in International Business, as well as a lean champion certification.

Gretchen Dragich


Gretchen Dragich joined the Chroma Leadership team in April of 2023 as the Vice President of Supply Chain Management & Strategic Sourcing. Gretchen has spent over 30 years, focused on the Plastics and Chemical industry.  She has held a variety of roles in Global Sourcing, Procurement, ERP Implementation Management and Supply Chain.    She has worked for well known companies such as GEON, A.Schulman, LyondellBasell, Goodyear Tire & Rubber, Gates Corporation, and Akzo Nobel.  Gretchen graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Akron.  

Chroma Color Joe Herres VP Sales & Marketing

Joe Herres

Vice President Sales and Marketing

Joe Herres joined Chroma Color Corporation in early 2023 as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing. Joe most recently was the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Spartech, LLC where he led the commercial organization for the past 23 years. Joe’s plastics career began at Polymer Extruded Products in Newark, NJ where he started his career as an operations manager moving into the role of National Sales Manager as part of the transition team to sell the business.    The business was sold to Spartech Corporation in 2003 where Joe continued in various leadership roles eventually taking over as the Global Sales Director responsible for the sales effort for the Sheet & Rollstock division. In 2013, the Spartech business was sold to PolyOne Corporation (Avient) and Joe assumed the role of Commercial Director for the Designed Structures and Solutions Division. In 2017, Arsenal purchased Spartech from PolyOne (Avient) and then in 2019 Nautic purchased Spartech from Arsenal and it was then sold in 2021 to The Jordan Company. Joe remained the Sales leader through all these transitions. Joe’s strong track record of providing the commercial vision, leadership and execution led to exponential growth and market expansion in Spartech’s evolution under the ownership of these various public and private equity firms. Joe’s depth of experience in the plastics industry with a diverse background in polymers and manufacturing processes, and his strong focus on customer needs drives success of the motivated teams he builds. Joe attended Washburn University’s Business Administration and Management program.

Glenn Munshaw VP Operations

Glenn Munshaw

Vice President Operations

Most recently, Glenn Munshaw was the Vice President of Operational Excellence at RTP Company where he had OPEX responsibility for plants in North America, Europe, and Asia. Prior to RTP, Glenn was with Americhem as Vice President of Global Manufacturing and provided manufacturing leadership for their masterbatch and engineered compounding facilities in North America, United Kingdom, India and China. Glenn earned his B.S. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts. He is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. Munshaw started his career with GE Plastics and progressed through their ABS, PC, PBT and PEI Resin businesses.

Jim Walsh

Vice President of Technology

Jim graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science degree and has worked in the plastics industry for over 30 years.   Jim started his career with the Teknor Apex Company where he focused on Total Quality Management, color-match turnaround, technical support, customer service, and department profitability.   He gained valuable experience in thermoplastic production and laboratory process equipment involving color concentrates.   After leaving Teknor, he went to work for PolyOne (now Avient).  While at Polyone, Jim led lab team members in the development of masterbatch formulations in PET, Polyamide, Polyether Imide, Polycarbonate, Polysulfone, Polyphenylene Sulfide, Polyacetal, EMAC copolymers, Ionomers and other engineered thermoplastics.   Jim also was instrumental in successfully integrating the acquisition of Wilson Color to PolyOne.   Jim led teams to specify and purchase required lab equipment as well as other critical lab support activities.  Jim’s efforts helped improve the technical competence and reputation of the location he was assigned which resulted in being awarded the Global Center of Excellence for laser marking (Fastmark™) and PET (ComPETe®) product lines.   Most recently Jim was with Penn Color.  In addition to his degree from the University of Massachusetts, Jim completed graduate level pre-requisites for Clemson’s MBA Program.   Jim also served as a member of the Army National Guard.  Jim is an accomplished professional in the plastics industry having co-authored “Color: Its Principles, Measurement, and Control”, Plastic Additives and Modifiers Handbook (1990) Van Nostrand Reinhold, New York, New York  as well as attending advance courses in “Color Science for Engineers” at Rochester Institute of Technology’s Munsell Color Laboratory.