Meet Our Team


Jay Bhatia

Founder & CEO

A Chemical Engineer and MBA in Marketing, with 22 years of international experience in the chemical industry working for global leaders such as BASF and Shell Chemicals. In his last role with BASF, Jay served as the Head of Marketing for the Performance Materials Division. Between 2005 and 2016, Jay held various positions with BASF in marketing and business management roles with Intermediates and Performance Materials Divisions. Prior to joining BASF, Jay worked with Shell Chemicals and Hexion Specialty Chemicals in sales and marketing roles with Resins business unit.

Jay is passionate about use of technology to solve business problems. He enjoys hiking, biking, and running (no match for Dave Grimes).


David Grimes

Executive Vice President & Co-Founder

A Mechanical Engineer and MBA with 28 years of experience in the chemical industry, David has worked for a number of leading companies, including BASF, GE Plastics and Axalta. In his last role with Axalta, Dave served as a Global Vice President for Automotive Coating business. Between 2005-2015, Dave held various positions with BASF in Coatings and Performance Materials Divisions. As a Business Director, he transformed teams and turned around performance of two business units. Prior to BASF, Dave joined GE Plastics in 1992 as Materials Engineer and rapidly rose to Global Marketing position with GE Water. Dave is a natural leader, passionate about transforming human capital to achieve breakthrough results. Dave is also an accomplished runner - he has completed 11 Detroit Marathons, enjoys golf and many other outdoor sports.


Douglas Brown

Executive Board Advisor

A C-level executive with outstanding career in the specialty chemicals, biotech, and lubricants industries. In his last role with BASF, Doug was Vice President for Fuel and Lubricant Solutions business from 2009-2018. Prior to that, Doug was President and Global Head with Ciba Specialty Chemicals. From 2001-2007, Doug was President and CEO of EMD Chemicals and Biosciences.

Doug is more than an Executive Advisor with Agilis. With his outstanding leadership skills and broad industry experience, he provides strategic direction to the company and often steers dialogues with strategic partners.

Doug lives in Tuxedo Park, NY. He passionate about his collection of vintage sports and racing cars.


Nick Triantafillopoulos ,PhD

Application Development

A PhD in Paper Science & Engineer, Nick has over 25 years of experience leading teams in R&D, new product and market development. Prior to joining Agilis, Nick spent 20 years with Omnova Solutions, where he led Akron Technology Center as Director of R&D team. Nick’s practical knowledge in polymer chemistries, fluid flows, rheology, film coatings, industrial coating, and formulated systems for various applications, as well as hands-on experience in papermaking, packaging, printing, carpet backing, nonwoven and oilfield are a great asset to the Agilis team. A Technical Association of the Pulp & Paper Industry (TAPPI) Fellow, Nick has won numerous technical innovation and educator awards.


Irina Carrel

Marketing & Communications

An MBA in International Business, Irina has enjoyed a 20+ year career in marketing, product management and corporate communications. As an owner of her own marketing consulting business, Irina helped design and execute marketing programs for companies of all sizes – from Fortune 100 to new startups. Irina brings to the table her strong experience in enterprise software marketing, knowledge of modern software development methods, familiarity with cloud computing and SaaS, strong digital marketing skills, and a passion for writing engaging content for all audiences. Irina enjoys snow sports, reading, and spending time outdoors in the California sunshine.