Smithers Rapra hires North American Sales Manager

Smithers Rapra, a world leader in rubber, plastics, and composites testing expertise, has announced the hiring of Bob Bove as Regional Sales Manager for North America.

Bove is responsible for overseeing business development efforts for both Smithers Rapra and Smithers Pira in North America. He will lead the commercial team and work closely with lab operations managers and subject matter experts to identify growth opportunities ensuring that Smithers is constantly adapting to meet client needs.

“Our strategy at Smithers is to grow our capabilities and capacity to support the ever-changing needs of our clients,” said Dr. Jim Popio, Vice President of North America Operations, Smithers Rapra. “Bob is extremely client-focused and has an eye for identifying development opportunities that support our clients’ technical needs and business goals. I’m confident he’ll bring great insight and value to our already strong client relationships.”

Prior to joining Smithers, Bove worked as a team sales lead, solutions architect, and field engineer. In 2017, he was named a top sales person by management and his peers. Bob has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.B.A. from The Ohio State University. He has received continuing education in customer-centric selling and analytic techniques for business and is a Toastmasters Competent Communicator.

About Smithers Rapra:

Smithers Rapra has been a trusted partner of the rubber and plastics industries for over 90 years. Our business is built around delivering a complete portfolio of rubber and plastic testing services to support a wide range of industry sectors including tire, automotive, polymer products, oil and gas, medical device, pharmaceutical, transport, packaging, industrial, and consumer products. By integrating science, technology and business expertise, Smithers adds value throughout the life cycle of our clients’ products. Please visit

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 Viscient. 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 lifecycle 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, visit