Karen M. West
President and Chief Executive Officer, Solesis
Karen West is the President and CEO of Solesis, LLC. She specializes in business development, corporate entrepreneurship, operations, and business strategy. She oversees the portfolio of Solesis businesses, which includes Secant Group, Charter Medical, and SanaVita Medical, ensuring operational and financial performance. Karen was instrumental in developing each business and is responsible for the strategic development and expansion of Solesis, Inc., through organic and acquisitive growth strategies.
Karen’s energy, passion, and strong, high-level leadership drives Solesis’ forward-looking growth and expansion strategies, for which she has been responsible since 2012. When Solesis’ previous owner Fenner PLC was acquired by Michelin in 2018, Karen became a member the Michelin Strategic Operating Group (GOS) Committee, as a top 100 executive, contributing to the global leadership of Michelin. Karen was one of the few top female executives in the Global Michelin Group. She previously served on the Board of Directors of Solesis, Inc., Secant Group, Charter Medical, and Fenner Drives Inc.
As one of the original founders of the Secant Group, Karen held significant leadership roles within the business in general management, operations, quality management, R&D, sales, and business development between 2000 and 2011. Karen has a background in textile and process engineering and managed a high-growth, high-tech textile manufacturing plant for seven years from 1993 to 2000.
Karen holds a master’s in business administration and a certificate of corporate entrepreneurship from Lehigh University, and a bachelor’s degree from Jefferson University.
Christopher B. Edwards
Chief Financial Officer, Solesis
Chris Edwards joined the Solesis team in 2013. He is responsible for all finance activities across the Solesis operating companies: Secant Group, SanaVita Medical, and Charter Medical. As CFO, Chris works alongside the president of Solesis, Karen West, to oversee the development and expansion of the business.
Previously, Chris worked for Bristol-Myers Squibb, ConvaTec, and Syneos Health, in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and the United States, which gave him a solid underpinning in global finance. Chris has spent time building finance teams, setting up shared services models, supporting senior leadership, and managing acquisitions and divestitures.
In his leadership role, Chris is instrumental in pursuing the division’s business development strategies and focuses on guiding and developing the financial leadership teams at Solesis’s operating companies.
Chris holds a master’s in business administration from the Manchester Business School, UK, and is a chartered global management accountant (CGMA) qualifying in Liverpool, UK.
Chief Operating Officer, Solesis
Jeff Robertson serves as Chief Operating Officer of Solesis and President of the Secant Group, SanaVita Medical, and Charter Medical. He joined Secant as a vice president in 2011, during which time he managed the strategic oversight of business development, marketing, client accounts, product development, and operations.
Previously, Jeff worked at ARmark Authentication Technologies, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Adhesives Research, Inc. Robertson co-developed ARmark Authentication Technologies in 2005 and served as the director and general manager.
Previously, Jeff held various positions at Adhesives Research including general manager of a global business unit. He began his career in pharmaceutical sales at Bristol-Meyers Squibb and handled the opening of a new state organization for Bock Pharmaceuticals. Jeff earned a master’s in business administration from Kennedy-Western University and a bachelor’s degree in Bio-Behavioral Science (pre-med) from Colby College.
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