Michael J. Podd has been appointed Chief Executive Officer for Zeller+Gmelin North America. Based in Richmond, Virgina, Podd is responsible for the vision and strategy for operations of the Zeller+Gmelin printing ink division in the United States, Canada, and Mexico.
Podd is global executive with extensive business leadership experience in publicly traded and privately held specialty chemical companies. He holds a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Penn State University and a master’s degree in business administration from Northwestern University.
Throughout his career, Podd has worked in various leadership roles in the global printing industry, including sales, operations, and procurement, most recently serving as Chief Procurement Officer and SVP Global Sales for the CPS division of Flint Group.
Podd will succeed Marcus Ruckstadter, Zeller+Gmelin President, who remains with the company as Sales Director of Printing Inks. Ruckstadter is based out of Zeller+Gmelin’s German headquarters and will focus on growing ink sales in the European region.