Grace chairman and chief executive officer Fred Festa said, "Tom is a proven leader with strong specialty chemical industry experience with global companies. He will be a great addition to our leadership team as we grow our business, maintain our ROIC discipline, and increase productivity through manufacturing excellence."

Blaser was most recently president of Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC, a global agricultural chemical and life science business where he also served for 10 years as Chief Financial Officer. Previously he held business development and financial leadership roles with Honeywell and Price Waterhouse. He earned an MBA at Columbia University and a BS in Accounting at Montclair State University.