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. We truly believe that People are our greatest asset, and we strive to unlock the potential of each employee by enabling their professional growth while realizing the values that we all share are to be celebrated and encouraged. Through our leadership team, we model this behavior and encourage our team to be Proud not only in their work, but in their personal endeavors.

CTD Executive Leadership

Naseem Munshi, Ph.D.

Naseem Munshi, Ph.D.

President and Founder

Dr. Munshi has successfully grown and operated CTD since its founding in 1988. Her desire to craft unique and sustainable solutions leveraging polymeric chemistry has crafted a portfolio that today represents over 100 unique, commercially-available formulations and solutions that solve challenges in superconducting magnets, high energy physics, aerospace & defense, medical, oil & gas, automotive, maritime and industrial applications.

Her key leadership and participation in the development of many of the novel materials and products that CTD provides, including over 25 patents and numerous trade secrets, is a testament to her vision and continued utilization and available of the market leading materials decades after their inception. Dr. Munshi provides the vision and strategy that guides CTD towards a sustainable cycle of technology innovation, product innovation, and product commercialization. In 2007, Dr. Munshi was acknowledged for her success as an innovator and entrepreneur by being named Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Technology in the Rocky Mountain region.

Dr. Munshi received her Ph.D. in Polymer Chemistry from the Polytechnic of the South Bank, London, UK.

James Smith

James Smith

Chief Executive Officer

Jim has diverse and proven global leadership experience in business & commercial management, manufacturing and supply chain logistics, as well as extensive knowledge in silane & silicone chemistry and processing.

As COO of NuSil Technology, Jim oversaw all manufacturing, R&D and supply chain operations of this global supplier of ultra-high-purity materials for medical and aerospace market applications. Prior to joining NuSil in 2013, Jim spent 25 years at Dow Corning in various executive roles, including Vice President of Specialty Chemicals Business, Vice President of Manufacturing and Business Management, Midland Site Manager and Executive Director of Global Logistics.

Jim spent several years in Asia, specifically Shanghai, where he oversaw the China division of Dow Corning’s specialty chemicals business. During his tenure in Asia, Jim led Dow Corning’s acquisition of Nippon Unicar, a strategic expansion for the company in specialty silicones and organo-functional silanes for the Asia/Pacific market.

A Chemical Engineering graduate of Penn State University, Jim’s leadership through action, instills excellence in performance, safety, and environmental stewardship, as well as the quality and reliability CTD’s product offerings. He brings an energy to CTD that drives passion and pride in the pursuit of customer success.

Lori Bass, M.B.A.

Lori Bass, M.B.A.

Vice President of Finance

Lori joined CTD in 2005 and is currently the Vice President of Finance. Her leadership drives the overall financial strategy and portfolio health which enables CTD’s business growth, and exhibits a strong balance of managing the day-to-day business operations with positioning the enterprise for strategic financial opportunities.

Additionally, Lori directs all contractual efforts for CTD including the management of all human resources related efforts. As the finance lead for a privately-held enterprise, she is responsible for ensuring the company’s growth strategy is supported by strong control of all processes including audit, tax, accounting, and compliance functions. Her strong financial acumen and oversight enables CTD to remain competitive and profitable in both commercial and government markets.

In her time at CTD she has continued to extend the company’s market presence without equity dilution, maintaining a healthy and robust workforce while positioning the company to capitalize on strategic events. She is a graduate of Regis University, with both a Bachelors of Science in Accounting and Business Management as well as a Masters of Business Administration in Accounting and Finance.

Paul Fabian

Paul Fabian

Vice President of Operations, Commercial Segment Lead

Paul Fabian is in charge of all manufacturing and day-to-day leadership of the Specialty Composites Programs team at CTD, with a focus on moving core technologies developed in research and development efforts at CTD to manufactured commercial products for use in industry. He also manages CTD’s Testing Services group which provides customized testing services for composites and composite-enabled solutions across a wide range of temperatures and tailored testing methods.

Paul‘s decades of experience in the composites industry have enabled CTD’s market leadership to flourish, especially in the pioneering fields of lightweight, cryogenic insulation and all-composite linerless Type V pressure vessels. A Mechanical Engineering graduate of Colorado State University, his strong mechanical engineering and composite materials skills are reflected in CTD’s structural composites product offering.

His work has been independently cited by NASA, US Department of Energy, and major research institutions in the development of next-stage composite research and manufacturing, which includes virtually all methods of composite fabrication such as VARTM, filament winding, hand lay-up, pre-pregging, RFI, as well as in composite materials testing in extreme environments.

His market experience in composites is evident across a myriad of markets, including electrical insulation, high temperature oil & gas, geothermal applications, aerospace, composite tanks, cryogenics, and fusion & superconducting magnets.

Mark Seeber

Mark Seeber

Vice President of Business Development

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.