INDIANAPOLIS, April 1, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Vertellus Specialties Inc., the world's largest producer of pyridine, picolines and pyridine derivatives, announces the hiring of Mike Turner as Director of the Agriculture Business segment. Turner will be responsible for establishing the strategic direction for the segment as well as its overall business profitability globally. "We've tapped Mike to help provide leadership to execute the current business initiatives and develop new opportunities to foster continued growth and enhance profitability. He will be a great asset to the team," says President of the Vertellus Agriculture and Nutrition business Bentley Park. Prior to joining Vertellus, Turner was the Vice President and General Manager for Universal Fibers Asia. Located in Taicang, China, he successfully established and grew the business over the past several years. Prior to this, Turner spent his career at Honeywell International for more than 20 years, holding various positions within technology, quality and operations. Most notably, he managed a chemical additives business located in Eupen, Belgium, for several years. Turner holds a Ph.D. in polymer chemistry from Clemson University, a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Hampden- Sydney University, and is a six-sigma master black belt. About Vertellus: Vertellus is a specialty chemical company focused on the manufacture of ingredients used in pharmaceuticals, personal care, nutrition, agriculture, and a host of other market areas affected by trends favoring "green" technologies and chemistries. Vertellus is the #1 global producer of pyridine and picolines, specialty pyridine derivatives, DEET, castor oil derivatives and systems, and citrate polymer additives and systems, and the world's #2 producer of Vitamin B-3. Vertellus benefits from a technically advanced global manufacturing base and has approximately 800 employees. Vertellus is headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana. SOURCE Vertellus Specialties Inc.