January 1, 2020

Akoya Capital, Prominent Lower Middle Market Investment Firm, Announces New Sector Leader

CHICAGO, IL – (January, 2020) – Akoya Capital is excited to announce the addition of Mark Noetzel as the organization’s newest Specialty Chemicals Sector Leader.

Mark brings over 30 years of transformational business leadership, operations experience, and a passion for problem-solving and delivering value for all stakeholders. Over his career, he has successfully formulated and implemented operational strategies while creating mission-oriented cultures of operational excellence and high customer service. Mark has driven quality-focused, profitable growth in both large, publicly traded companies, and small entrepreneurial businesses.

Mark is also a board director of Aspen Aerogels (NYSE: ASPN). He served as a board director and chairman of Axiall Corporation, created by the merger of Georgia Gulf Corporation and the commodity chemicals business of PPG. He has also served on the boards of several private technology and chemical companies.

Mark has held numerous operating roles including President and CEO of Cilion Inc., a venture-backed biofuels company.  Prior to that, he spent 26 years with BP and Amoco, leading businesses in the fuels and chemical industry in the US, Europe and Asia.  Mark was Group Vice President of BP’s Retail Operations and fuels transport and wholesaling business in the US, Europe and Asia where he led substantial growth and margin expansion efforts.  He also served as Group Vice President for BP’s B2B Operations and prior to that in BP’s and Amoco’s chemical businesses across a broad range of chemical manufacturing and marketing activities.

Mark earned his MBA at Wharton and his BA in Political Science from Yale University.

Mark, in partnership with Akoya, is seeking investment opportunities in the following areas: 

  • Technical Fluids: Metalworking, Lubricant, Heat Transfer, Hydraulic, etc.
  • Plastic Additives and Modifiers


Ideal target company characteristics:

  • Sales revenues of $20 to $150 million
  • Minimum $3.0 million of EBITDA
  • Privately held, owner/operator run, or corporate carve-outs


Other sectors of interest include:

  • Industrial & Manufacturing
  • Specialty Chemicals
  • Plastics
  • Packaging

For more information about this, or any other sectors of interest, please visit www.akoyacapital.com or contact Liz Dominick at 312-203-3443.

About Akoya Capital

Akoya Capital is a leading independent sector focused private equity sponsor that creates and nurtures partnerships between management and capital and invests in middle market businesses with attractive growth prospects. We bring together industry leaders, investment worthy executives, and private sources of capital to execute acquisition-based strategies to create significant value for sellers, management and investors. We are a highly experienced team with complementary capabilities and a track record of success in executing transactions and accelerating value creation.


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