Balchem was founded in 1967 by a group consisting of entrepreneurs, investors, and Dr. Leslie Balassa, an expert in the field of encapsulation. The company was initially housed in a laboratory on the top floor of the Chemists Club in New York City until purchasing its first manufacturing site, a former dairy in Slate Hill, New York. Balchem became a publicly traded company in 1970 and is listed on NASDAQ under the symbol “BCPC.” Our corporate headquarters are located in New Hampton, New York, along with a broad network of sales offices, manufacturing sites, and R&D centers, primarily across the US and Europe.
At Balchem, we are committed to making the world a healthier place by delivering trusted, innovative, and science-based solutions to the nutrition, health, and food markets. We provide the service, quality, and technology that enables our customers to win with their customers. We have built a reputation for delivering results to all of our stakeholders.
Balchem solves today’s challenges to shape a healthier tomorrow.
Our Core Values
In every decision we are committed to doing what is in the best interest of our employees, customers, shareholders, and the communities in which we operate. We are inclusive, treat others with respect, and lead by example. We take responsibility for our own personal safety as well as the safety of our colleagues. We follow all established policies and applicable laws. Simply said, we hold ourselves to the highest standard.+
We believe that better is always possible and that we can indeed make the world a healthier place. We encourage curiosity, diversity of thought, and “out of the box” thinking. We are open to new ideas and new ways of getting things done. Our aspirational mindset is essential to our future success. As we grow, we want to remember our entrepreneurial beginnings and retain the humility and agility that made us who we are today.+
We recognize that without our customers we do not exist. We are united in helping our customers succeed, grow, and win in their markets.+
We believe that collaboration is key to our success and that there is no time for building internal barriers. We are a team that supports one another and works well together to achieve common goals. Our collaborative environment fosters teamwork and drives growth. We understand that the success of our company requires a collective effort, resulting in opportunity and growth for all our employees and stakeholders.+
We strive to be successful in everything that we do. We are ambitious and determined in how we approach opportunities and have a sense of urgency to drive results. We believe that we will solve today’s challenges to shape a healthier tomorrow.+
Making the world a healthier place
With facilities throughout the world,
Balchem is global in scope and impact.
New Hampton, NY
St. Louis, MO
The Hague, Netherlands
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Ted Harris is Balchem’s Chairman of the Board, Chief Executive Officer, and President. He joined the company in May of 2015 and is chartered with leading the company into its next phase of growth and profitability.
Prior to joining Balchem, Mr. Harris was a Senior Vice President of Ashland Inc., a global leader in specialty chemicals. He joined Ashland in 2004 and had a series of senior leadership roles including vice president and general manager of the Composite Polymers business unit, President Ashland Distribution, and President Ashland Global Supply Chain at which time he also led the global integration related to the Hercules, Inc. acquisition. In 2009, Harris was named Senior Vice President and President Ashland Performance Material, a global leader in advanced composites, adhesives, elastomers, and intermediates and solvents.
Immediately prior to joining Ashland, Harris held various leadership roles within FMC Corporation over a 12-year period. In his last role at FMC, Harris served as general manager of the Food Ingredients Division within FMC’s Food, Pharmaceutical and Personal Care Group.
Mr. Harris is also an independent director and member of the Board of Directors of Pentair plc.
A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Harris earned a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Lehigh University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
SENIOR Vice President/General Manager—Human Nutrition & Health
Jim Hyde currently serves as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of Human Nutrition & Health. Mr. Hyde is active within industry and serves on the Executive Committee and Board of Directors as the Immediate Past Chair of the Counsel for Responsible Nutrition, the leading trade association for dietary supplements.
Balchem acquired Albion Minerals in February 2016, where Mr. Hyde was CEO from 2001 to 2016. Before joining Albion Minerals, Mr. Hyde was General Counsel at U.S. Bank, Utah, and was an associate at the Salt Lake City, Utah law firm of Parsons, Behle & Latimer.
Mr. Hyde earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Utah State University in 1983 majoring in accounting, and thereafter received his Juris Doctorate in 1986 from the University of Utah College of Law.
Chief Financial Officer
Martin is Balchem’s Chief Financial Officer. He joined the company in February 2019.
Mr. Bengtsson joins Balchem following a successful 15-year career at Honeywell Inc. where he held a variety of finance roles, including CFO roles for Honeywell’s Fluorine Products business, Specialty Products business, and Advanced Materials business, and most recently serving as CFO for the $11B Performance Materials & Technologies segment. He also served as Vice President – Group Corporate Audit and Vice President & Global Controller – Performance Materials & Technologies.
Mr. Bengtsson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Northwestern University and began his career as a Senior Auditor for Deloitte prior to joining Honeywell, Inc.
Vice President/General Manager—Animal Nutrition & Health
Jonathan Griffin serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Balchem’s Animal Nutrition & Health (ANH) business unit. In this leadership role, he is charged with developing overall strategy and executing profitable performance across both the global monogastric and ruminant segments. Mr. Griffin joined Balchem in 2011 and has served in several senior leadership roles of increasing responsibility and scope. Mr. Griffin has helped to lead the ANH business, both in achieving profitable organic growth as well as an aggressive plan for adding key strategic components through targeted acquisitions.
Prior to joining Balchem, Mr. Griffin served in key management roles at well-known Biotechnology and Animal Nutrition firms, including Monsanto Dairy Business and Arm & Hammer Animal Nutrition (a division of Church & Dwight, Inc.).
Mr. Griffin currently serves on the board of directors for the American Feed Industry Association, and for the last year has served on the association’s executive committee.
Mr. Griffin is a native and resident of Connecticut. Jonathan received his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University, in Ithaca, New York and also received a Master of Science, in Business Administration, from the Warrington College of Business, at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
Mark has been Balchem’s General Counsel and Secretary since September 2017. He was Assistant General Counsel of the Company from October 2015 until September 2017.
Prior to that he was in private practice and was Assistant General Counsel for Ashland Global Holdings Inc. (formerly, Ashland Inc.) (NYSE), where he was lead counsel and member of the leadership teams for two of Ashland’s business units and supervised the commercial, global trade compliance and intellectual property functions within Ashland’s Law Department.
Mr. Stach earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Kentucky and a Juris Doctorate from West Virginia University.
Job van Gunsteren
Vice President AND General Manager—Specialty Products
Job van Gunsteren is Balchem’s Vice President and General Manager for its Specialty Products business unit.
Mr. van Gunsteren joined Balchem in 2007 and has served in several commercial roles of increasing responsibility in Balchem’s European offices in the Netherlands and Italy. Before his current position, Mr. van Gunsteren was Director for the Europe, Middle-East and Africa region and for Strategy of Balchem’s Animal Nutrition and Health business. Prior to joining Balchem, Mr. van Gunsteren worked for Akzo Nobel for seven years in several commercial and technical roles.
A native of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, Mr. van Gunsteren earned a master’s degree in chemical engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich, Switzerland.