Live Air Date: Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The pace of organizational change has accelerated and the challenges impact our everyday lives as laboratory managers. The drivers for change can vary from personnel realignments due to mergers/acquisitions, overall downsized staffing, new organizational structures, business model changes (e.g. offering services to external customers), and various other consequences related to the overall business conditions at the time. Each circumstance has its specific nuances, but all of them have in common the need for flexible models that allow rapid redirection of workflow and operational practices. Some examples of responses that were developed to meet these more frequent challenges as well as to manage the overall change process will be shared.

As an attendee, you will learn more about:

  • Leading and managing staff through change
  • Hiring strategies and change
  • Recognizing opportunities that change presents


Rich Durand is Director/Materials and Characterization Science for Sun Chemical Corporation at their North American R&D facility in Carlstadt, NJ. During his 27 years at Sun Chemical, he has held a variety of positions including Senior Scientist, Director/Newspaper R&D, Director/Knowledge Management, Director/Analytical Science. Prior to joining Sun Chemical Corporation, Rich was Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Rhode Island. He received a B.S. in Chemistry from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD in Chemistry from California Institute of Technology. He served as the President of the ALMA (Association of Laboratory Managers) in 2013 and 2014.