SES Foam LLC ( has announced Edward F. Cassidy, Ph.D., as its new Chief Operating Officer. Charles Valentine, who has served as COO and President for 12 years, will continue as President and CEO.

Ed Cassidy brings more than 40 years of technical experience in the polyurethanes industry, with direct, industrial, hands-on experience in Research and Development Technical Management and Chemical Plant/Pilot Plant roles in the polyurethane, chemical and polymer science industries.

A graduate of the Polymer Institute of the Jesuit University of Detroit (now University of Detroit Mercy), Cassidy worked directly under Dr. Kurt C. Frisch, thesis advisor and second inductee into the Polyurethanes Hall of Fame after Dr. Otto Bayer. 

“Joining SES Foam LLC at this period in time has the same level of thrill and excitement as being handed a ticket for a trip to space from Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos or Richard Branson,” said Ed Cassidy. “Seeing the tremendous growth of SES over the past few years, learning of SES’s future plans and now witnessing, firsthand, the skills and competence of the entire SES team, I am both honored and motivated to contribute to SES’s continued success.”  

Cassidy most recently served as Global R&D Senior Director of Polymer Science at Boral Industries in San Antonio, Texas, with a focus on transformational innovation. Prior history includes roles as Global Process Development Engineering Director, Global Strategic Sourcing Director, and VP of Global R&D for Sealed Air Corporation (SAC).

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Cassidy is proud to call Texas home, adding, “If I was born in Texas, I never would have left Texas.” He and his wife, Judith, live on North Padre Island in Corpus Christi. A writer with five published books to his name, he also enjoys traveling, boating, fishing, and hiking.  FBN