The Association for Materials Protection and Performance (AMPP), a nonprofit representing members in the materials, corrosion, and coatings industries, has announced the selection of Alan Thomas as its new CEO, effective April 1. He will succeed Robert Chalker, who announced his retirement in October 2022 after 13 years with AMPP.

AMPP CEO Alan Thomas


“It is an honor to welcome Alan to AMPP,” said Amir Eliezer, chair of the AMPP board of directors and member of the CEO selection committee. “Alan is an accomplished executive with an admirable leadership track record of over 20 years in CEO roles in the association field and several business entities.”

“I am thrilled to join and lead AMPP forward. I greatly regard the organization’s rich history and am happy to add that, at one point in my career, I was a member of both the former NACE and SSPC associations. AMPP has significant potential to continue reshaping the future of the corrosion and coatings industries, and I look forward to working with the passionate and talented global membership to accelerate innovation in industry,” said Thomas.

Before this appointment, Thomas served as the CEO for GRIDIRON, LLC, where he oversaw the acquisition and total integration of a lower middle market SaaS company, doubling the size of the business. In 2014, Thomas launched Array Coating Technology, LLC, a full-service industrial blasting, coating, powder coating, and metal finishing company focused on the subsea oil and gas sector. He was also executive vice president and COO of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA).