Smithers Names Nathaniel Leonard, Vice President North America, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira

Nathaniel Leonard | Smithers Rapra and Smithers PiraAKRON, OH, USA –  The Smithers Group announced today that Nathaniel “Nat” Leonard has been named Vice President - North America for the Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira business groups. Leonard will replace current Vice President, Jesse Roeck, who will be retiring in March after four years with Smithers and over 35 years in the chemical and tire industries. 

Leonard previously served in leadership roles with Republic Steel, Veyance Technologies, Inc. and The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company with responsibilities including general management, purchasing, manufacturing, supply chain and information technology.

“Nat has extensive management experience across many business functions in the automotive and supplier sector,” said Jim Dowey, President, Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira. “His expertise will be beneficial to our customers as he leads initiatives to expand our future service offerings.”

Smithers, a global testing, consulting and information services business, supports clients as they develop and manufacture highly engineered products, chemicals and compounds. Smithers Rapra is recognized worldwide as a leader in rubber and polymer testing services, while Smithers Pira brings a wide variety of expertise to the packaging supply chain by providing both package testing and consulting services. 

Leonard holds a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Northwestern University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. He will be based in Akron, Ohio.

About The Smithers Group

Headquartered in Akron, Ohio, The Smithers Group includes Smithers Apex, Smithers Avanza, Smithers Pira, Smithers Quality Assessments, Smithers Rapra, and Smithers Visicient. Each Smithers Group company provides technology-based services focused on a defined market. As a group the diversity of market sectors and technologies provides stability and a platform for long term growth. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers goal is to add value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products, by utilizing testing, consulting, information, and compliance services. All Smithers companies are known by their clients as Trusted Providers of Innovative Solutions. For more information got to:

You can reach the Smithers North America office at:

425 West Market Street
Akron, Ohio 44303
Telephone: 330-762-7441