Global Automotive OEM Corporate Director Engineered Materials @ Celanese
Dr. Helms received his Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry in 1984 and his Ph. D. in Chemistry in 1988 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In addition, Dr. Helms received his MBA from Michigan State University through the Executive MBA program in 2000. Dr. Helms has been employed by Celanese Corporation in the Engineered Materials business since November 2008 where he is the Global Automotive Corporate Accounts Director. In this role, Dr. Helms is responsible for driving and coordinating the growth of Celanese product lines at the OEM level for Celanese priority global OEMs. Prior to November 2008, Dr. Helms had been employed by Ford Motor Company since October 1988. He held several positions in the Ford Research Laboratory including Plastics Technical Specialist, Plastics Research Team Leader and Manager of the Materials Research and Advanced Engineering. Over this time, he led or managed projects including lightweight materials, corrosion, coating technologies, fuel cell systems, materials characterization, biomaterials and manufacturing technologies. Following his tenure in the Ford Research organization, Dr. Helms held the position of Manager, Team Value Management, Ford North American Product Creation, Manager of the Paint Material Development and Release activity in the Ford Global Paint Engineering organization and Chief Engineer of Materials Engineering, Testing and Standards in the Ford Product Development organization. Dr. Helms is a member of the Society of Plastics Engineers, the Society of Automotive Engineers and the American Chemical Society.