Since CTD’s inception in 1988, the company’s ethos has been for the team to exhibit the highest ethical standards in all of their interactions both internally and with our partners and customers.

CTD Executive Board of Directors

Johannes Heckmann, PhD

Johannes Heckmann, PhD

Chairman of the Board, Executive Director

Dr. Heckmann holds a Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry and a Masters Degree in Marketing. He began his career at Bayer AG in Germany, serving clients with their custom synthesis requirements. Later, at FMC Lithium, Johannes expanded into the phosphorous chemical field.

He works from the Sinova Specialties US office in Charlotte, NC. Dr. Heckmann continues to be the personal contact for all Sinova Specialties’ clients with a personal and comprehensive understanding chemicals and their capabilities.

Ellen Liu

Ellen Liu

Executive Director

Ms. Liu is the general manager of Sinova Specialties, located at the Beijing, China office. She holds a BA in Statistics from Renmin University of China, and a Masters in Business Administration from Tsinghua University.

Her extensive experience in the chemical field and meticulous attention to detail, keeps the company running smoothly around the globe. By maintaining high efficiency and low overhead, she ensures the beneficial cost structure that is passed onto their customers.

Ms. Liu has more than twenty years of management experience in the chemical industry including QHSE, logistics, business development and financing, and over fifteen years of experience in corporate management

Martin Bates

Martin Bates

CEO, Executive Director

Mr. Bates is a Kent State graduate with technical and leadership experience cultivated over his career in primarily industrial markets.

A veteran of companies such as the Babcock and Wilcox Research Center, Ebner Furnaces Inc., Pennsylvania Crusher Corp., and K-Tron, he has experience as both a technical expert, plant manager, VP of Manufacturing, and executive.

He led business development for TerraSource Global, and in parallel founded and served as General Manager of TerraSource Global Machinery Equipment Co. Ltd., in Beijing, China. Following this he became Managing Partner of US Connections LLC which is devoted to connecting businesses in Asia Pacific and the United States in joint ventures, mergers, IP licensing, purchasing and sourcing to enable strategic growth.

CTD Leadership Team

Mark Seeber

Mark Seeber

Chief Commercial Officer

Mark is a demonstrated leader with keen business instincts supported by a strong technical foundation. An Electrical Engineering graduate of Valparaiso University‘s College of Engineering and one of the first graduates from the University of Minnesota’s Industrial and Systems Engineering Masters of Science program, Mark’s analytical approach enables him to influence both internal and external stakeholders in understanding the solution value as it pertains to mission success.

Mark previously lead Business Development activities at Lockheed Martin‘s Unmanned Undersea business where he enhanced the global posture of the product portfolio and established commercial partnerships for key unmanned solutions. During his tenure he served as the Manager of Strategy for Lockheed Martin’s Undersea Systems division where he positioned the enterprise for strategic growth through multiple strategic partnerships and acquisitions that saw revenues more than double as a result of his actions. This included reducing exposure to mature markets by adapting core technologies into commercial adjacent markets to enhance profitability and improve portfolio health.

At CTD, Mark is responsible for all business development activities including sales, marketing, portfolio shaping and customer engagement. Mark sets the strategic vision for enterprise growth by aligning the products, solutions, and core competencies of CTD with the needs of the various markets where CTD exhibits a competitive advantage.

Andrea Haight, Ph.D.

Andrea Haight, Ph.D.

Chief Technology Officer / Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Andrea Haight leads all material research development at CTD. In addition, she directs programs in materials development for electrical insulation, wear resistant materials, automotive, industrial and fusion energy programs. As the lead chemist for CTD, her main role is developing new material solutions to respond to emerging market needs in the field of composite materials.

Her professional career started at Los Alamos National Laboratory synthesizing and characterizing novel reactive liquid crystalline compounds, followed by a transition to Sandia National Laboratories where her work focused on the development of selective coatings for surface acoustic wave chemical sensors. These research and development positions serve as the foundation for her eventual technical leadership in specialty materials firms.

Dr. Haight is an experienced chemist with over two decades experience in polymer synthesis, resin formulation (light curing and conventional), specialty fiber sizing, composite fabrication and characterization, technical writing, quality, and program management. Andrea graduated from University of Colorado - Boulder, and received her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the University of Connecticut.