Greg Vas Nunes

Managing Director
Specialty Chemicals Sector Leader


Greg Vas Nunes joined Akoya Capital in 2018 as a Managing Director of Specialty Chemicals.

Greg brings more than 35 years of global leadership experience in sales, distribution, marketing and manufacturing from the chemical and material industries. His experience includes public companies, private equity owned and joint ventures across the specialty chemicals, building materials, apparel/textile fiber and automotive sectors. Additionally, he brings vast multinational experience leading business units for both Western and Asian multinational companies.

Prior to joining Akoya, Greg was Senior Vice President for Univar and an Officer of the Company. Univar, a $9B public company, is the largest chemical distributor in North America. Greg was responsible for the company’s Digital and Customer Experience investments and prior to this role served as President of the USA’s Specialty Products and Services businesses. He held P&L responsibility for over $2B of specialty products in the USA from premier global chemical producers along with $700MM of value add service businesses including environmental services.

Before joining Univar, Greg served as President for the European region of a leading global industrial fiber producer, Performance Fibers based in Luxembourg. Greg held P&L accountability for over 200MM€ in revenue and three manufacturing locations in Germany and France. Before this he served as President for subsidiaries of two major Korean multinationals, Hyosung and LG in Europe, Asia Pacific and the Americas serving the apparel and building materials industries respectively.

Greg launched his career with DuPont where he spent over 20 years in management and senior leadership roles with P&L accountability across numerous industrial and ingredient branded businesses. Most notable were DuPont’s textile fiber businesses (Lycra®, Coolmax® and Tactel®) where Greg held $500MM P&L roles in each region of the globe serving the apparel industry. Greg also held key leadership roles with the Corian® surfacing business in Europe and the USA, Engineering Plastics, Lucite® acrylics and Kalrez® perfluoroelastomers in the USA.

He has been an active member of operating boards with joint venture companies in the USA, Japan, Italy and Mexico along with advisory board roles in European and USA industry associations.

Greg received his Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and is a member of their Phalanx Honor Society.

Sector-Related Experience

  • Univar, President of Specialty Products and Services & Senior Vice President of Digital and Customer Experience
  • Performance Fibers, President for the European region
  • Dupont, Multiple roles across seven market sectors

Portfolio Company Board Participation

  • Trinity Technology Group